Apply for Running Start

Start Your Application

We are now accepting applications for Winter 2022, Spring 2022, and Fall 2022 quarters!


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 between 2.7 and 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. To be considered for admission, 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 or
    • a letter of recommendation from a non-family member

Apply Online

Complete the online Running Start application.


Optional: Apply for the Book Loan Program

If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, you can apply for the Book Loan Program. This program lets you borrow textbooks rather than buying them for class.

  1. Download the Book Loan Application (PDF).
  2. Fill out the form.
  3. Obtain an official letter from your school district verifying you are eligible for free or reduced lunch.
  4. Submit both the form and the letter from your school district below by September 1st.


Application Process

  1. Complete Application: Please complete application with attention to correct spellings of your name and your email, your parent/guardian’s name and email, and your counselor name and email.
  2. Upload your Transcript: After you fill out your application, you will receive an email that asks your to upload a transcript. Please ensure that this is an unofficial transcript acquired through your school or school counselor, not a report card or progress report.
  3. Application Review: The Running Start office will review your application materials and notify you of your admission status by email (email associated with email input on application).
  4. Find your Admission Status: After your application has been processed, you will receive an email that says “Running Start Application Update.” Log in with your application information (email and password associated with your application) to view your decision letter and follow Next Steps instructions (if admitted). You can also check the status of your application in Application Management.
  5. Placement Surveys: 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.
  6. Advising: We’ll reach out to you to schedule your first appointment.
  7. 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.