Running Start

Start early on your college education.

About Get Started Contact

Running Start is hosting information sessions for new students for Fall 2023.

Learn more and sign up on the Upcoming Events page.

As a Running Start scholar, you can take college-level courses at any of the Seattle College campuses alongside your high school coursework, tuition-free. These courses count towards your high school diploma as well as towards your future college degree, helping you to get a head start on your college education.

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About Running Start

Attend community college tuition-free within the state of Washington.

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Get Started

Explore the application process to the Running Start program.

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Upcoming Events

Running Start drop-in sessions are open to current or prospective students.

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What to expect and how to be successful.

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Parents and Families

Resources and information for Running Start families.

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High School Counselors

Access essential Running Start resources.

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After Running Start

As high school graduation nears, consider your options at Seattle Colleges.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Need more information? The answers to many common Running Start questions can be found here.

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Get in touch with Running Start staff.