Running Start Qualifications and Application Process


These requirements are the same for new Running Start students and Running Start transfer students from another school.

  • Be considered a junior or senior by the sponsoring high school or school district
  • Have not earned enough credits for a high school diploma as of the beginning of their senior year.
  • Be under 21 years of age
  • Complete all required paperwork.
  • Take the reading, writing and math portions of the placement test
  • Students should place into English 101 on the writing and reading placement tests to be successful in Running Start
  • Complete a mandatory orientation

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Applicaton Process

  1. Discuss Running Start with your high school counselor and parent/guardian before deciding whether to apply.
  2. Take the placement test. Students have the choice of either taking the Asset or the Compass
    • test fees must be paid prior to testing
    • all three parts (Reading, Writing, and Math) must be taken
    • Placement into English 101 is strongly recommended, data shows students are more successful when they place into English 101
  3. Obtain Everett Community College Running Start Application from your high school counselor, at Everett Community College Enrollment Services office or click here for the Running Start Application
  4. Submit the following items to the Enrollment Services and High School Relations Office:
    • signed application
    • test scores
  5. STOP! You will receive an admissions email to the email address you provided on your application with information about the following:

Application can be emailed, faxed, mailed or hand-delivered to:

Everett Community College
Enrollment Services Running Start Program
2000 Tower St
Everett, WA 98201-1390

Fax: 425.388.9173


Quarterly Application Priority Dates

Applications submitted by the dates below will be given priority for processing and registration.

  • Fall – May 1
  • Winter – November 1
  • Spring – February 1

Prospective Student Testing Dates

The Placement Test is an admission requirement. Students must take all three portions of the Placement Test- Reading, Writing and Math. The Placement Test costs $30 to be paid to the Cashier's Office before a student may test- students will need to show their receipt to the Testing Center Staff. Allow at least 90 minutes (approx) to take the test.

Every Monday (excluding holidays and campus closures)
9:00 am til 6:30 pm

Every Thursday (excluding holidays and campus closures)
9:00 am til 4:30 pm

Should I do Running Start?

Running Start is a program that allows high school juniors and seniors to begin attending college. You get to be two students in one because the work you do counts towards your high school graduation as well as your college transcript. The program is designed to get you a head start on your goals. ; Many students find great success through Running Start and it can save you time and money. Tuition is covered (see the Tuition Eligibility Section under Current Running Start Students). You may attend classes on campus, online or at any of our satellite campuses. Some students graduate from high school and at the same time complete their Associates' Degree! Running Start students can participate in any programs or clubs on campus except athletics.

The ultimate decision to take advantage of this program comes down to you and your family. To learn more about the program, attend one of our information sessions or come into the High School Relations Office (located in Parks Student Union 201 with Enrollment Services).