How does Running Start work?
Students can take Running Start classes beginning their junior year in high school if they achieve college-ready scores
on the college placement test. Students can stay in high school and attend college part-time, or attend college full-time.
Classes are limited to "college-level courses" - that is, classes numbered 100 and higher.
Credits earned at SCC centers are transferable to all Washington State public colleges and universities. Private and out-of-state
schools also may accept Running Start transfer credits. Each receiving institution has its own requirements, so it's important
to understand the specific transfer policies of the school(s) you are interested in attending.
What are the benefits of Running Start?
While in Running Start, students and their families can save thousands in tuition dollars and reach educational goals sooner.
Students can take challenging classes not offered at their high schools to advance their education. Students who choose their
classes wisely earn credits that transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
What are the challenges of Running Start?
College classes are more demanding and require more study time than high school classes. Students must still fulfill all high
school graduation requirements. Students must pay for books and transportation.
Will my credits transfer to my future university?
The four-year college or university ultimately decides which classes it accepts. However, we’ve helped thousands of students
transfer over the years, and we’re pretty good at it. Take the right classes and transfer to a Washington university and most
students will be in good shape. Planning on transferring to a private university? Contact them before registering for classes!
How are my credits calculated for high school graduation?
Completed college classes can earn both high school and college credit. One five-credit class at the college equals one high
school credit. Graduation requirements are established by each high school. Students must consult with their high school counselors
each quarter to determine course equivalency for graduation requirements.