During NSC campus closure due to COVID-19, Running Start advisors will still be available for scheduled appointments through both Zoom and phone (206) 934-7768. You can schedule an appointment with your advisor by logging into Starfish or by emailing nsccrstart@seattlecolleges.edu. Please continue to check the website for updates.

Info for Prospective Students 2020-2021


  • Must be a WA public high school student
  • Able to demonstrate eligibility for either college-level English or college-level math (see “placement testing” for details)
  • Junior or senior standing

Application Dates

  • Applications are now being accepted for fall 2020
  • We continue accepting applications through to the start of fall quarter in late-September. Class availability and choice may be limited if students apply post-June.

How to Apply

  • You need to apply to be a student at North Seattle College and then complete the Running Start application packet
  • Note: The Running Start application packet requires a high school counselor to fill out a portion of the Enrollment Verification Form. You should contact your high school counselor via email to let them know you’re applying to Running Start. Your high school counselor will work with you to fill out the Enrollment Verification Form and will sign electronically.
  • Submit the Running Start application to nsccrstart@seattlecolleges.edu. Subject line: LAST NAME_RS Application (for example, SMITH_RS Application).
  • *Students with 504 or IEP accommodations at the high school may qualify for accommodations at North Seattle College. Please contact our Disability Services office for more information at: ds@seattlecolleges.edu or 206-934-3697
  • If you are using a fillable PDF, the content sometimes disappears when emailed, to prevent this either screenshot each page or print to pdf and save your document that way.
  • Instead of using the fillable PDF, we will also accept photos/scans of application pages that have been filled out by hand.

Placement Testing

  • Page 3 of the RS application lists the multiple ways a Running Start applicant can demonstrate college-level English or college-level math eligibility. Students who are currently Juniors, may have documents that could be used to demonstrate eligibility, see page 3 of application for details.
  • Placement testing is available online for both math and English. To take the test, you must have a student ID number (provided when you have applied to North Seattle College). Email your request to take the placement test(s) with your ID number and full name to nsctesting@seattlecolleges.eduThe testing center will then provide further directions on how to access the tests. This process can take 2 business days, so please plan appropriately.
  • The English placement test is a self-reflective tool that helps the student assess which English class would be the best fit for their academic ability
  • The math placement tool is course specific. Students must know which course they would like to take the test for.  Common entry-level math courses are listed below. Course descriptions can be read on the class schedule
    • MATH&107 Math in Society
    • MATH&146 Intro to Statistics
    • MATH&116 Applied Math to Management, Life and Social Sciences
    • MATH&141 Pre-calculus
  • There is a $35 fee for the placement tests. Students can pay online via MyNorth: login with student ID and PIN and then access the MyNorth icon and click the “pay tuition” icon. If you are eligible for free/reduced lunch at your high school, please contact nsccrstart@seattlecolleges.edu in order for your placement testing fees to be waived.

I’ve Applied! How Do I Register for Classes?

  • Your application will be reviewed and you will receive an email response from our office within 48 business hours
  • If your application is incomplete, a staff member from our office will request additional information from you
  • If your application is complete, you will be emailed information on how to sign-up for a group registration session in early-June. You will enroll for fall quarter classes at the group registration session.

More Info

Please watch our recorded information session video and consider attending an online Zoom Q&A session

Zoom Info Session Presentations with Q&A

Have more questions about the Running Start program and how to apply for fall 2020? Join Running Start manager, Christina Sheehan, on a live Zoom presentation on the program. Christina will also be able to answer questions you may have!

General Contact Info

  • nsccrstart@seattlecolleges.edu
  • (206) 934-7768
  • Running Start staff will respond to emails and phone calls between the hours of 8 – 4:30pm, Monday - Friday.