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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.

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.

Parent Orientation

The Pierce College Running Start Parent Orientation is geared specifically for parents/guardians of new students enrolled for fall 2017. This is not a student orientation; new students enrolled for fall already completed a student orientation.

General outline of the orientation:

  • Overview of the Running Start program (how funding works, required forms, grades, fee waiver)
  • Dean of Instruction - helpful tips for parents/guardians
  • Campus Safety
  • Student Programs 
  • Stay Connected - social media and newsletter
  • Q&A 

NOTE: This is an invitation to attend, but not a requirement. Registration is first-come, first-serve as seating may be limited.

Please select an orientation that best fits your availability. You may attend orientation at either campus.

A confirmation email will be sent when you register. If you do not receive it, please check your spam folder.

Fort Steilacoom Parent Orientation

Thursday, September 7, 2017
6 to 7 p.m.
Cascade Building, Performance Lounge, Room 421 – 4th floor
Register for this orientation

Puyallup Parent Orientation

Thursday, September 14, 2017
6 to 7 p.m.
Arts and Allied Health Building, Theatre
Register for this orientation

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
6 to 7 p.m.
Arts and Allied Health Building, Theatre
Register for this orientation

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