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Are You Ready? Start Here...

  1. First, talk to your counselor, parents, and teachers to see if they think you are ready for Running Start. Even if you are academically prepared it takes a lot of maturity, initiative, and independence to be successful in college. In general, you should expect to spend one to two hours of study for each hour in class. Students must be responsible about attending school each day, even if there is a conflict between high school and college vacations.

  2. Download a Running Start Enrollment Packet or pick one up from the Running Start Office.

  3. Apply Online
    1. In the application when asked what your intended major area of study is, please answer: Running Start.
    1. Within two working days of completing your application, you will receive an email with your Student ID number.  If you are completing your online application at a kiosk in the student services office, you can go directly to the registration desk to get your ID number immediately.
  1. Prepare to take the PLACEMENT test. The PLACEMENT test helps us place you into courses you are prepared for. However, Running Start only pays tuition for courses that are 100 level or above. Students may only take the test two times every two years so spend time using the online preparation tools found on this page. It is very important to prepare for the test to ensure you qualify for Running Start.

  2. Take the PLACEMENT assessment test.
    1. Check the Assessment Services Website for a testing schedule and location. PLACEMENT tests are computerized assessment tests. The scores are available immediately following the test. Students may only take the test two times every two years so spend time using the online preparation tools found on this page.
    1. Pay the $25 testing fee at the Cashiers window.
      1. If you qualify for free or reduced lunch at your high school, your counselor can sign the fee waiver form for one free Placement test voucher.
      2. Bring the signed fee waiver form to the WSECU Advising Center to get your waiver authorized and then to the Cashier to get a receipt
    2. Bring receipt along with a your student ID number and a valid state-issued photo identification to test session
  1. Meet with a Running Start advisor at SSC to discuss your PLACEMENT scores. Once you have your test scores, schedule an initial 30-minute academic advising appointment with a Running Start advisor. You can make an appointment online or by calling (206) 934-5387. Bring your test scores to this meeting as you will be discussing placement and eligibility.

  2. Meet with your high school counselor and fill out the Enrollment Verification Form (EVF). Students must consult with their high school counselor each quarter to determine course equivalency for graduation requirements and fill out their enrollment verification form for college courses together. High school graduation requirements are established by each high school. The amount of tuition-free courses you are eligible to take will depend on how many classes you are taking at your high school. Students not enrolled in a public high school (private school students or home schooled students for example) can participate in Running Start by associating with a public high school.

  3. Schedule a registration appointment with a Running Start advisor. At this appointment the adviser will help you register for courses based on information provided by your high school counselor on the Enrollment Verification Form. This form also needs to be signed by your parent/guardian and you. We cannot enroll you in courses without a completely filled out and signed enrollment form. A new form is required to register for courses each quarter. After registering, adding and/or dropping courses can only be processed through a Running Start advisor.

  4. Purchase books from the Campus Bookstore. Books are organized on the shelves by course number and section. To identify required books, take your class schedule with you. Books can also be purchased online and picked up at the bookstore. Check the bookstore web site for with your class list to see what books are required for your courses and to purchase them. Buy early to ensure having books for the first day of class. Save the receipt: no refunds or exchanges are made without a dated receipt. Please note that returning a book with any writing in it minimizes the possible refund. If you are unable to pay for books, you may be eligible to receive books at no cost. For more information regarding the book-loan program, please call the Running Start Program Coordinator, Lynn Christiansen (206) 934-6478.

  5. Attend a Running Start new student orientation. This orientation is usually held right before the quarter begins. You will receive information regarding this orientation after you have registered for your classes. This orientation is mandatory for new Running Start students and their parents.


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(RSB 11)


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