Highland Community College

Freeport, IL 61032
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Highland Community College (HCC) is located in Freeport, Illinois. This public community college was originally established in 1962. It is a school that serves over 6,000 students and has everything that students in the area need to get a great education. HCC has a 140-acre campus that has seven buildings on it that are mostly used for classes. This school even has a sports complex that also operates as the local YMCA. Students who are enrolled in at least six credit hours worth of classes are able to receive a free membership to this facility every semester. Students will be able to pursue many great associate’s degree programs and also several certificate programs.

The nursing program at HCC has proven to be an exceptionally popular option over the years. Students will be able to enjoy a truly excellent program that offers them every advantage. Nursing students will receive great training at this school. This program will allow nurses to stop after one year to earn their practical nursing certificates or they can complete the two-year program to earn their associate's degrees in nursing to become RNs. The school has an exceptionally high success rate for nurses who are taking the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. Another aspect that helps this school to stand out is that they offer night courses. It makes things as convenient as possible for HCC students who have other responsibilities during the day.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleDistant Town
Number of Students1,678
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate61%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 1 26
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 0 0
Certificate 11 128
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 89%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1973 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$141/credit
In State Students$234/credit
Out of State Students$236/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $6,345 $10,530 $10,620
ADN 70 $9,870 $16,380 $16,520
BSN 125 $17,625 $29,250 $29,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 76% of Highland Community College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 60% $4,562
Other Federal Grant 14% $525
State Grant & Scholarships 30% $1,288
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 32% $1,619
Federal Student Loans 16% $4,138
Private Loans -- --


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$4,541
$30,001 to $48,000$4,459
$48,001 to $75,000$7,109
$75,001 to $110,000$9,766
Over $110,000$10,687

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Illinois state board of nursing.
Highland Community College
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032

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