Running Start

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We are now accepting applications for fall quarter 2023!

Why Do Running Start at EWU?

Tuition-Free Credits

You can earn up to 15 tuition-free credits per quarter, and up to two years of free college credit if attending full-time.

Getting Ahead

You'll start working on your bachelor's degree while completing your high school diploma.

Dedicated Advisors

You'll have access to dedicated academic advisors who will provide one-on-one quarterly advising.

Unique Courses

Take classes in subjects that your high school might not offer.

Opportunities to Challenge Yourself

If you want to take more difficult or advanced classes, you can.

Flexible Scheduling

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

Additional Benefits

  • With our Book Loan Program, qualified students receiving free and reduced lunch can borrow textbooks rather than buying them for class.
  • Highly-motivated, mature students may thrive in the college environment.
  • A diverse college student population provides a rich learning environment.
  • Testing is not required to earn credit.
  • Credits transferable to Washington state universities and community colleges, as well as to most other universities.
  • Experiencing college classes while still in high school can help in making future educational plans.
Juniors and seniors can attend on the EWU campus or online, enrolling for either a full- or part-time schedule.
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Great Experience

“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.”

Ferris High School

Get Ahead Faster

“Running Start is giving me the opportunity to get ahead faster in my education. I’m continuously developing new and useful skills that will help me advance on my career path. It’s truly one of the best decisions I’ve made regarding my academic career.”

Rogers High School

Easy Transition

“Thank you for everything you do to make the transition to Running Start so easy for both students and parents. My daughter, a junior at Ferris HS, absolutely loves it out at EWU, and we feel that this has been the best thing for her. I admit I was a little nervous but am very grateful we did this. Seeing her doing so well fills my heart with happiness!”

Parent, Ferris High School