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About Advising

The Academic Advising Center is committed to the smooth transition and academic success of all Highline students. It is conveniently located in the lower level of Building 6 to provide a centralized advising experience. Our professional advisors are here to assist you with developing and evaluating educational plans and providing you with accurate information about college policies, procedures, resources, and programs. Our advisors work collaboratively with you to help identify degree requirements, learn to register for classes and identify campus resources relevant to your individual needs.

The Advising & High School Programs Department also teach the New Student Orientation Program and facilitate the WayFinder Workshop to better prepare students for their transition to campus. We look forward to working with you and helping you reach you full academic potential.

Our Mission

We view advising as a teaching and learning experience in which students actively engage in setting their educational goals and are inspired to realize the full academic potential. Through a relationship with an advisor and a vast network of resources and support, we will guide you to information and resources that help you successfully begin and complete a degree or certificate. Our goal throughout the advising process is for you to gain self-understanding that will inform your decisions about academic, career and life goals. We are committed to promoting opportunities for learning to students of all backgrounds.

Expected Outcomes of Academic Advising

  • Students will create their own academic plan and identify program requirements relevant to their own college experience.
  • Students will apply academic planning skills to self-register and track their own academic progress.
  • Students will understand the importance and benefits of engagement with academic and pathway advisors, faculty, staff and other students (college navigators, peer mentors).
  • Students will know how to access accurate information about policies, procedures and requirements.
  • Students will be encouraged to make decisions that support their goals, abilities and aspiration.

Student & Advisor Responsibilities


  • Come to appointments on time, and cancel if you cannot attend.
  • Come prepared for appointments by writing down questions and concerns in advance and if applicable, come with a list of courses you are interested in taking the following quarter.
  • Accept responsibility for making your own plans and decisions. An advisor may provide advice, not make your plans or decisions for you.
  • Use Degree Audit to review your own program options and requirements. Review requirements you have already completed and plan for those not yet fulfilled.
  • Define a primary plan to achieve your goals but also have an acceptable alternative.
  • Become an educated consumer so you can make well-informed decisions; ask for guidance and advice from reliable sources, get advice from multiple sources, and when the advice you receive does not meet your goals or "feels" wrong, get a second opinion. Ultimately, all decisions are yours.
  • Be aware of Highline policies, procedures and practices, and when needed, ask for clarification.
  • Create positive relationships with your advisors, faculty, and staff.


  • An advisor may provide assistance in helping students learn to make practical academic plans and decisions.
  • An advisor may discuss a range of options available to the student, based on the students stated goals and how to think through the consequences of poor choices.
  • Advisors may assist with the development of an academic plan consistent with the student’s stated goals, interests and abilities.
  • Advisors will provide accurate information about policies, procedures and requirements.
  • Advisors will create a positive working relationship with students, Pathway Advisors, staff and faculty
  • When appropriate, advisors will refer students to other campus resources and services.

The Advising Team





Jennifer Scanlon

Director of Advising & High School Programs

(206) 592–3534

Siew Lai Lilley

Director of Transfer Center

(206) 592–3936

Denny Steussy

Program Manager

(206) 592–3534

Patrick Fernandez

Academic Advisor

(206) 592–3249

Shelli Veal

Academic Advisor

(206) 592–4631

Sarah Trimm

Academic Advisor

(206) 592–4428

D. Walker

Academic Advisor

(206) 592–3024

Our advisors assist students on a first-come/first-serve basis with options for drop-in and appointments depending on the enrollment period. Advising is required for students entering the college with no previous college experience. Our advisors can assist students with transcripts from other colleges if the student provides an unofficial transcript during their advising session. However, official transcript evaluations are administered through the college Registrars Department. To develop a relationship with an advisor you are encouraged to meet with your advisor regularly, know our hours of operation, and appointment scheduling procedures.

Our Hours of Operations


8:00 am – 6:30 pm


8:00 am – 6:30 pm


8:00 am – 5:00 pm


8:00 am – 5:00 pm


9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Advising Center will be closed in observance of (Memorial, Independence, Labor, Veterans, Thanksgiving and Christmas) day.

Advising Tips For Highline Students

Learn how to navigate the “Online Services” web tool.
Students are encouraged to use Online Services to determine your registration time, access your degree audit, add/drop classes and more.

Identify important dates and deadlines. (link to deadlines)
Students are responsible for keeping track of important dates and deadlines (adding classes, dropping classes, tuition payments, graduation applications, etc.).

Familiarize yourself with requesting entry codes. (link to video)
Entry codes provide a means for students to register for classes that require instructor’s permission or to show you have met a course prerequisite at another institution. They are provided by the instructor or by the Department Coordinator.

Understand how to perform a degree audit. (link to video)
Degree audit is an online advising tool that allows students to track their progress toward the completion of any Highline degree or certificate. Use it to find out how the classes you have completed could be applied to any AA, AS, AAS degree options. We encourage you know how to access and use it.

Familiarize yourself with the college catalog, especially college policies and procedures. (link to video)

Check your myHighline e-mail frequently. (link to video)
Your myHighline email account is the primary method of communication between you and Highline. Learn how to access, use and check it regularly.