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Running Start Information

"Running Start" is a statewide community college program for academically qualified juniors and senior high school students to enroll in courses to fulfill high school graduation requirements and earn college credit.

Running Start is available fall, winter and spring quarters. Students may enroll simultaneously in high school and college classes, or solely in college classes. College tuition for eligible classes is covered through Running Start. The maximum credit eligible is based on students combined high school and college enrollment. See the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form for credit eligibility.

Running Start is not available during the summer. You may enroll in summer courses at your own expense with your high school's permission. A completed High School Release Form must be submitted at the time of registration.

High school graduation requirements are established by each school district. Check with your high school counselor to verify the courses and number of credits required in order to graduate. Generally, one five (5) credit class at the college earns one (1) high school unit.

New Student Registration

Valerie Frey
Running Start Manager
253-864-3210

Sarah Hoaglin
Running Start Advisor
253-964-6755

Jayna Pettersen
Running Start Advisor
(253) 840-8339

Fort Steilacoom

Schedule an appointment:
253-964-6705
253-964-3664
Testing: 253-964-6521
runningstart@pierce.ctc.edu

Puyallup

Advising: 253-840-8431
Testing: 253-840-8343
puyrunningstart@pierce.ctc.edu