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What Is Running Start?

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. Students may enroll in summer courses at their own expense with their 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. Students should check with their 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.

Running Start Info Night

Info night is for prospective students and parents/guardians interested in Running Start fall quarter. Learn about steps to start, costs associated with Running Start and more. Due to seating limitations, registration is required.

NOTE: If you attend a Pierce College Running Start information at your high school, there is no need to attend one on campus. Information presented will be the same.

Puyallup Info Night

Date Time Location Registration
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6 p.m. Arts and Allied Health Bldg, Theatre Register Here

Fort Steilacoom Info Night

Date Time Location Registration
Thursday, April 6, 2017 6 p.m. Cascade Bldg, Performance Lounge
(4th floor)
Register Here

New Student Orientation

Note: New students are encouraged to attend an orientation at the campus they will be attending fall quarter. Please check back mid-April for more information. Thank You!

Fort Steilacoom

Running Start Event Campus Registration
New Student Orientation Fort Steilacoom Campus Register Here


Running Start Event Campus Registration
New Student Orientation Puyallup Campus Register Here

*Student registration workshops are for new students.

Contact Us

Fort Steilacoom (FS)

Advising: 253-964-6705
Testing: 253-964-6439

Puyallup (PY)

Advising: 253-840-8431
Testing: 253-840-8343

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