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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.

Running Start New Student Orientations 

Orientation is required for new Running Start students registered for Fall 2017! 
Please select a session and email your choice to

Dates and Times

August 22, 2017, Tuesday @ 2-4pm 
August 29, 2017, Tuesday @ 2-4pm 
September 5, 2017, Tuesday @ 2-4pm 
September 7, 2017, Thursday @ 2-4pm 
September 12, 2017, Tuesday @ 2-4pm 
September 14, 2017, Thursday @ 4-6pm 
September 19, 2017, Tuesday @ 4-6pm 
September 20, 2017, Wednesday @ 2-4pm 


Robert Smith Building
(RSB 11)


Monday - Friday:
8 am to 4:30 pm