Running Start Orientation

Welcome to Running Start

We offer Running Start orientations for newly enrolled students a couple of weeks before the start of every quarter. Our orientations help prepare students for the college environment and academic expectations.

Fall Quarter Orientations will be held early-September. More details coming soon!

Online Services

Registering for classes, viewing your final grades, changing your address, and printing your class schedule are all easy via the Web. To access these services, visit online services

When you participate in Running Start, you take on the responsibilities of a college student. It’s up to you to know your instructor’s expectations and fulfill the course requirements. To help our students — including you — succeed, North offers a variety of services, including counseling, advising, disability services, career resources and more.

Different standards of privacy apply to college students than to high school students. Because of a law called the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), college instructors and staff members must have a written release from you in order to discuss any aspect of your college experience with your parents, guardians, high school counselor or anyone else. Without a written release, college personnel can only discuss your performance at North with you.

Every quarter, you must register for your classes at North. The college produces a new quarterly schedule, which is available both online and in print, before registration begins for each term. The schedule lists the days and times for each course offered that quarter. It also includes course descriptions, dates for adding and withdrawing from classes, the final exam schedule and other important information.

You can register by following four easy steps:

1. Meet with your high school counselor. Discuss your high school graduation requirements, academic goals, and top and alternate choices for the classes you want to take. Fill out your verification form and ask your counselor to sign. Remember that you also need the signature of a parent or guardian on the form, even if you are 18 or older.

2. Meet with your Running Start advisor. You may call (206) 934-3682 or (206) 934-3658 to set up an appointment or stop by Advising in the student success department. Bring your completed, signed verification form with you to the appointment. You can also discuss your progress in the program and what classes will help you meet your long-term academic goals.

3. Register online for classes during your assigned registration time.

4. Visit the Cashier’s Office. Show your schedule and identify yourself as a Running Start student. Pay any fees not covered by Running Start. You will receive the quarterly registration sticker for your photo ID.

As a Running Start student, you have a hold on your registration. This means that to officially add, drop or change a class, you must meet with a Running Start advisor to have the hold removed. After that, you may change your schedule online or in person at the Admissions/Registration Office. It’s your responsibility to inform your high school counselor of any changes you make to your Running Start class schedule.

If you’re thinking about dropping a course, discuss this decision with a parent or guardian and your high school counselor, as well as the Running Start advisor. Keep the following information in mind:

• Any courses you officially drop by the second week of the quarter will not appear on your college transcript, and you won’t receive course credit.

• You will receive a W (withdraw) grade on your college transcript for courses you officially drop between the third and eighth weeks of the quarter. You won’t receive course credit.

• You cannot withdraw from a class after the eighth week of the quarter. If you aren’t attending your class, or if you aren’t able to attend after the eighth week, meet with your Running Start advisor to discuss your options.

• A W grade is not computed as part of your GPA. However, having a W on your transcript may impact your acceptance at some 4-year universities and your eligibility for scholarships.

• It’s better to have a W on your transcript than a failing grade.

If you don’t officially withdraw from a course but you stop attending, you may receive a failing grade of 0 at the end of the quarter. This will be a part of your transcript and will factor into your GPA.

The information on your course schedule tells you where your classes are held. For example, your class may be in CC 3455.

CC is the building abbreviation. The full list of building abbreviations is listed below. As you’ll see, CC is the College Center.

The first digit tells you the building floor where your classroom is located. So, in this example, the class is on the third floor. If the number were 2455, it would be on the second floor.

The second digit tells you which side of the building your classroom is on. If the number is even, your class is on the east side of the building, facing the freeway. If the number is odd, your class is on the west side of the building, facing away from the freeway. So room 3455 is on the west side of the building.

The last two digits, 55, are the door number for the room. Numbers start at the north side of the building and increase as you go south.

It’s a good idea to take a walk around campus and locate your classrooms before the quarter begins.


Building Abbreviations

AS: Arts and Sciences Building

CC: College Center

ED: Dr. Peter Ku Education Center

IB: Instructional Building

LB: Library Building

WC: Wellness Center

TB: Technology Building

You can purchase your textbooks at North's Bookstore, which is located on the first floor of the Instructional Building. Used books are often available but go quickly, so shop early.

When you go to the bookstore, take your schedule with you. You’ll find the textbooks in the back of the bookstore, arranged alphabetically by subject. Subjects are abbreviated to the first four letters, such as ENGL for English and HIST for History.

Shelves are labeled with information such as this:

1263 ENGL&101 01 5cr TB 1550 Daily 8:00AM-8:50AM MA

Find your class and section and confirm the meeting day and time. If the top of the tag says “Required,” then you need the book for the class. If the top of the tag says “Recommended,” your instructor thinks the book would help with the class, but you aren’t required to have it.

For college classes, you should plan on spending 2 hours doing homework and studying for each hour you spend in class. This means that a 5-credit class may require 10 hours of homework each week.

To succeed in class, follow these basic strategies:

• Keep your syllabus and refer to it for information about assignments, dates, expectations and other matters.

• Complete your homework and turn in assignments on time.

• Participate in class.

• Form study groups.

• Know your instructor’s contact information and office hours and ask your instructor if you have questions.

• Also get to know your instructor.


Top strategy for success:

Go to class! Be aware that missing class could affect your grade! If you can’t make it to class for some reason, inform your instructor in advance. Ask for assignments you’ll miss and complete them ahead of time. Schedule your other appointments and activities around your classes. Get contact information for your classmates and ask them for notes or assignments if you miss class.

As a Running Start student, your North Seattle College grades count twice: once toward your high school GPA and once toward your college GPA. You’re beginning your permanent college transcript, which will remain with you forever. Universities require copies of this transcript for admission.

Your transcript will be mailed to your high school at the end of every quarter. Your grades won’t be mailed to you — you can find them online.

Find out more about North’s grading system.

North is part of the Seattle Colleges District, which has a policy requiring all enrolled students to make satisfactory academic progress. The purpose of this policy is to help students achieve academic success. College staff members will contact you if you don’t maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in your Rising Star courses. If you’re enrolled in a degree or certificate program at North, you will also be contacted if you have a pattern of not successfully completing at least 75 percent of your courses each quarter.

Find out more about the academic progress policy.