Running Start

Two Years of Free College Credit!

We’re hard workers. We accept challenges. We’re determined to succeed. Plus, we like to have fun! That’s what makes us Eagles.

As a running start student, you can earn up to *21 tuition-free credits per quarter, and up to two years of free college credit if attending full-time. You’ll start working on your bachelor’s degree while completing your high school diploma. Explore unique college classes in subjects that your high school might not offer. Credits are transferable to Washington State universities and community colleges, as well as to most other universities.

*Overage may require approval.

The application for Winter Quarter 2024, Spring Quarter 2024, and Fall Quarter 2024 is now open.

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Why Choose Running Start at EWU?

Unique Courses

Discover new subjects by enrolling in college-level classes that go beyond what your high school offers.

Opportunities to Challenge Yourself

Get ready to have some fun and level up your learning experience by taking on more advanced and exciting courses!

Flexible Scheduling

With EWU's wide array of offerings, you can choose courses at times that fit your needs.


  • With our Book Loan Program, qualified students receiving free and reduced lunch can borrow textbooks rather than buy them for class.
  • No testing is necessary to earn credit. Automatic admission is granted with a 3.0 GPA, however students can also be admitted with a 2.7 GPA (see eligibility requirements).
  • Develop and grow your skills that will help you succeed in the future! Discover the possibilities for your future education by taking advanced classes in high school.
“Running Start has been a great experience in advancing my academics and obtaining two years of my bachelor’s in biology/pre-med. I’ve met incredible professors and students along the way and gained many skills that I will take with me as I continue my career.” -Fatima, Ferris High School


We are so excited to meet with you, introduce you to Running Start at EWU and provide important information about the program. We’ll cover important topics and have time for you and your family or friends to ask questions! Learn more about events.

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Current Running Start Students

Running Start to CAAR Handoff – Spring 2024

Running Start Seniors who plan to continue at EWU need to attend the Running Start to CAAR (Center for Academic Advising and Retention) Handoff. Seniors will meet their new advisors, talk about their majors and academic interests, and leave with their fall schedules.

The Running Start to CAAR Handoff events take place on May 2, 3 and 4, which is before the general advising sessions. This gives you the best opportunity to get your ideal schedule. You’ll need to use your application username and password (different from your NetID username and password) to get registered.

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Information For Prospective Students

Every Wednesday

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Zoom

Prospective students and families are encouraged to drop into the Zoom Q&A with Recruiter/Application Specialist, Andy Aldaco, from 1-2 p.m. to ask questions about the Running Start application and program.

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Benefits of Running Start

Access to Resources

You'll have access to campus resources such as free tutors through PLUS, writing help at the Writers' Center and mental health support through Counseling and Wellbeing Services. You'll also have a free STA bus pass!

Rich Learning Environment

Take a wide variety of fast-paced, challenging and rewarding courses that are not typically available in high school. EWU offers in-person and online courses, with no standardized exams to earn credit.

Diverse Community

Be apart of our diverse community on campus through student organizations (excluding fraternity and sorority life), intramurals, Pride Center, Multicultural Center, University Recreation Center and more!

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We are now accepting applications for Winter, Spring and Fall Quarter 2024!