Welcome to the Running Start program at South!

Running Start is an exciting option that allows qualified high school juniors and seniors to enroll tuition-free in college courses. Credits earned at South Seattle College can satisfy high school graduation requirements and are transferable to most 4-year colleges and universities.


  • Students need to have achieved junior or senior status as determined by their Washington state public high school.  Home-schooled students may also access Running Start. 
  • Students need to demonstrate they are prepared for college-level work by taking our English and Math assessment test and placing into college-level English (ENGL&101) and/or college-level math.

What does Running Start Cost?

Tuition for college level courses is free!  The number of credits you are eligible to take for free is determined by your high school counselor based on the number of high school classes you are taking at the same time.

Students are responsible for books, transportation and mandatory student fees.  Students eligible for free or reduced lunch at their high school are eligible for the book loan and fee waiver program.

2014 Running Start Events

Running Start Enrollment Information Sessions: Learn about how to enroll as a Running Start student




Thursday, Sept 4

3:30 - 4:30

JMB 140

Wednesday, Sept 10

4:00 - 5:00

JMB 140

  • Fall quarter 2014 registration began on May 19.  Classes fill up fast so don’t wait to come in and register!  Call 206.934.5387 and make an appointment to see a Running Start advisor.
    • Fall quarter begins on Monday, September 22, 2014.
    • All running start students must have an Enrollment Verification form signed by their high school counselor and their parent/guardian each quarter.
  • New Student Orientation: Fall quarter 2014
      • Running Start New Student Orientation is Thursday, September 18, 2014 in JMB A/B from 4:00 to 6:00 pm
      • Please RSVP by email to Lynn.Christiansen@seattlecolleges.edu, or by calling 206.934.6478.
      • Orientation is mandatory for new students starting Fall quarter and any Running Start student who has not yet attended an orientation session.

Important Upcoming Dates
Please be aware that the community college schedule will be different than your high school schedule.

  • September 22, 2014:  Fall quarter classes begin
  • November 3, 2014:  Winter quarter registration begins
  • December 10, 2014:  Fall quarter classes end
  • January 5, 2015:  Winter quarter classes begin


Robert Smith Building
(RSB 55)


Monday - Friday:
8 am to 4:30 pm