Running Start

Start early on your college education.

About Get Started Contact

As a Running Start scholar, you can take college-level courses at any of the Seattle College campuses alongside your high school coursework, tuition-free. These courses count towards your high school diploma as well as towards your future college degree, helping you to get a head start on your college education.

We’re Still Accepting New Students for Fall Quarter 2022!
Interested in becoming a Running Start student?  Fall quarter begins on September 26, so there’s still time to apply and enroll in Running Start. Visit our Get Started page to learn more.

Drop-In Support for the Start of Fall Quarter
Have a question or need support during the 1st few days of the quarter? Come to our drop-in sessions. No appointment necessary. First come, first served!

Join Zoom

Friday, September 23
9 – 11am: Virtual Drop-In via Zoom
1 – 3pm: Virtual Drop-In via Zoom

Monday, September 26
8:30am – 12pm: In-person – 2nd floor of the College Center, check-in at window #4
1 – 4:00pm: Virtual Drop-In via Zoom

Tuesday, September 27
8:30 – 12pm:  In-person – 2nd floor of the College Center, check-in at window #4
12 – 4:00pm: Virtual Drop-In via Zoom

Wednesday, September 28
2 – 4pm: Virtual Drop-In via Zoom

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About Running Start

Attend community college tuition-free within the state of Washington.

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Get Started

Explore the application process to the Running Start program.

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Upcoming Events

Running Start drop-in sessions are open to current or prospective students.

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What to expect and how to be successful.

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Parents and Families

Resources and information for Running Start families.

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High School Counselors

Access essential Running Start resources.

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After Running Start

As high school graduation nears, consider your options at Seattle Colleges.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Need more information? The answers to many common Running Start questions can be found here.

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Get in touch with Running Start staff.