Running Start

Save money and time by earning high school and college credits together

Get a running start on college by fulfilling high school and college requirements at the same time.

  • Flexible options! Start in 11th or 12th grade; choose full-time or part-time schedules in the morning or afternoon
  • Take advanced courses from a wide variety of subjects that count toward a university degree or career certificate
  • Most classes cover the same amount of material in one 10-week quarter as one full year of high school
  • Get priority registration to enroll in the classes you need to fulfill requirements

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Contact Us

Running Start

FOSS (5000) Building, Room 5229
(206) 546-6906
Drop-in Advising
Days and times vary, please call ahead for specifics

The best part of Running Start was being able to meet new friends and test out what college would be like. It has also helped me save money, which could have been debt otherwise. I recommend Running Start for everyone, whether it is full time or part time.

Nicholas P.
Running Start student

Running Start helped me get a head start on my future plans. So many people at Shoreline want you to succeed. They help you prepare for the next two years at university, as well as your future. If I had to do it again, I would definitely choose Running Start.

Oksana K.
Running Start student


  • Enrolled in 11th or 12th grade in a Washington state public school by your first quarter of Running Start
  • Placement into English 101 via high school transcript with cumulative GPA of 2.5+ or alternate method from website
  • Private school students must register in a public high school to be eligible for Running Start. Homeschool students must enroll with a homeschool resource center or the public school district in which they reside.
  • There is no minimum placement for Math to be eligible for Running Start. However, if you place below college level Math and choose to take Math at Shoreline Community College, you are responsible to pay for tuition for that course. Also, please keep in mind, there may be classes you would like to take that have Math prerequisites.
  • You meet program application dates

How to Apply