Running Start Application

1. Check Your Eligibility

You can do Running Start during your junior and/or senior years of high school if you’re a Washington state student.

  • If you have a 3.0 GPA, you can be automatically admitted
  • If you have a GPA lower than 3.0, you’ll need a recommendation letter from a counselor or teacher that addresses your:
    • autonomy
    • self-motivation
    • time-management skills
    • analytical thinking skills
  • If you’re a homeschool student, you’ll need to enroll at a high school that is eligible for Running Start. You’ll need to submit:
    • your homeschool transcripts and
    • an SAT/PSAT score of 1100 or better or
    • an ACT score of 24 or better to be considered for admission

2. Download & Fill Out Your Application

  1. Download the application and graduation plan for your high school below
  2. Fill out all of your personal information
  3. Have your high school counselor sign the application and graduation plan to verify your grade level and acknowledge your intent to participate
  4. If you qualify for free/reduced lunch, download the Book Loan Application as well.

Applications & Graduation Plans


3. Upload Your Application

Once your application is complete, upload it using the following form.

What's Next?

  1. Application Review: The Running Start office will review your application materials and notify you of your admission status by mail.
  2. Placement Testing: Once you’re admitted, you’ll receive everything you need to know about the English and math placement tests, which help determine classes you should take. You won’t need to pay any fees.
  3. Advising: We’ll reach out to you to schedule your first appointment.
  4. Student/Parent Orientation: During the last week of August, the Running Start office hosts an orientation session for new Running Start students and their parents. We’ll notify you of your orientation date.