Running Start Steps to Apply

Quarterly Application Priority Dates 

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

  • Fall – May 1   Earlybird - April 18 (Guarantees new student priority registration date)
  • Winter – November 6
  • Spring – February 1

Application Workshops

Need help submitting your Running Start online application? Attend an application workshop with the Running Start Coordinator at one of the following sessions in Everett. Students must bring a copy of their high school transcript AND test scores (see below) for the workshop. No appointment is necessary.

1. Learn about Running Start

  • Speak with your parents and high school counselor to determine if Running Start is the right program for you.
  • Attend an information session at your high school or an EvCC Running Start information session. external link icon

2. Complete EvCC Placement

  • Obtain a copy of your unofficial high school transcript AND SmarterBalanced Assessment, PSAT, SAT, or ACT test scores. These tests waive the Accuplacer test if placement can be determined from the scores.
  • If you do not have scores for the aforementioned tests, you must take the Accuplacer exam at EvCC or EvCC East County Campus. The Accuplacer test fee ($33.70) must be paid prior to testing and all three parts of the test (Reading, Writing, and Math) must be taken.
  • Students should place into English 101 if they are considering doing Running Start.

3. Complete your Running Start Application external link icon 

  • Attach your high school transcript and test scores to your online Running Start application. 
  • The turnaround time for processing applications is 5 business days.

4. Check your Email

  • You will receive an email from the Running Start office with next steps to complete before you can register for classes. These steps include: 
    - Completing the EvCC Mandatory Online Orientation
    - Watching the Running Start and Advising videos
    - Meeting with your high school counselor to complete the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form PDF icon (SpanishPDF icon
    - Meeting with an EvCC Entry Advisor OR attending a group advising session (Fall applicants only and link in acceptance mail). Entry Advising Preparation Sheet PDF icon