Advising at Highline College is a teaching and learning process in which students, through a relationship with an advisor, are empowered to identify their life goals, understand the college, its curriculum, degree options, and resources and services, and use that knowledge to develop and refine short and long-term course-taking plans to reach their goals.
Professional advisors in the Advising Center and High School Programs Office are available to assist new students with their transition to college. Students who have selected a professional/technical certificate or degree program, or area of interest for university transfer are highly encouraged to meet with an advisor in their pathway or program of choice.
Meeting with an Advisor
Advisors in the Advising Center and High School Programs Office are available for same day and future appointments. Drop-ins are welcome on a space-available basis and limited to 30 minute sessions (20 minutes during peak advising and registration.) In order to best assist you, we ask that prospective students go through the enrollment process of admissions, MyHC account activation, and assessment prior to your advising session. If you are transferring in credits from another college, please bring unofficial transcripts with you. Check our hours of operation.
Who is my advisor?
To connect with a Pathway/Program advisor in your area of interest, please complete the online request form, and we will assign you to a specialist. Or email us if you need your advisor’s name and contact information.
To learn about degree program options, funding sources, and steps to get started, attend an optional Future Student – Information Session. These sessions are offered by professional advisors as an option to prospective or new students and their families and friends, in order to support your decision making and planning process. Signing up is not required, but reserving a seat is recommended as space is limited. Reserve your seat by visiting us, email or phone.
New Student Orientation is a required step for students who are attending college for the first time. Attendance is highly recommended to students who are transferring in from other colleges. Orientation is key to successfully connecting with other students, advisors, faculty and resources. Sign-up for orientation opens on a quarterly basis. Special programs such as ESL (English as a Second Language) International Student Programs and Paralegal studies offer specialized orientations. Check here for more information and to sign-up.
Advising Block to Registration?
To ensure students are connected with an advisor, students on academic probation may be blocked from registration activity. To have the block lifted, students can meet with a generalist advisor in the Advising Center. (International Students should connect with ISP, and Running Start students should connect with High School Programs.) In preparation for your meeting with an advisor in the Advising Center or High School Programs Office, students may be asked to complete an Academic Self-Assessment as a guide for the advising session.
If you have already met with your pathway/program advisor this quarter, and need your registration block lifted, ask your advisor to email us stating you have met your advising requirement.
Advising for Special Programs
The Advising Center offers generalist advising. Specialized advising is offered by our campus partners in the following programs:
While Academic Advising is provided by the Advising Department on a drop-in basis to assist new
students with planning their first quarter, please refer to our website for more information, including
our Hours of Operation.
This tool gives you access to lots of information about your advisees and students. It also lets you to share notes with other advisors in the campus community: Advising Tool.