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Running Start Eligibility Requirements

Students who want to enroll in Running Start MUST:

  • be under the age of 21 at the beginning of the school year
  • be classified as a junior or senior in Washington
  • not, as of the beginning of the school year, have received a high school diploma or earned the credits for a diploma (excluding a GED)
  • have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or above *
  • qualify into English 101 and/or college level mathematics on ACCUPLACER, the college assessment**

* Students who want to challenge the 2.5 GPA requirement must submit an appeal letter.  See GPA Appeal Procedure.


Home school and private school students

Home school students should contact the local school district where parents reside to determine how to access Running Start.  Each district determines the process for home school students to access Running Start. When applying to Running Start, home school students may submit a letter of recommendation instead of a high school transcript.  Every quarter the student is enrolled, they must complete the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form documenting the student's grade level and it must be signed by a school district official or high school counselor.

Private school students must enroll in a public high school to participate in Running Start. Students may have dual enrollment in the private school and public school and do not have to take classes at the public high school.

Assessment placement scores to qualify for Running Start

Students who place into English Composition I (ENGL& 101) may enroll in college level classes other than mathematics.**  Students must place into Math 107/141 or above to enroll in mathematics classes.  College level math placement is not required for Running Start admission.  Students qualifying for both English and mathematics at the college may enroll in any college level class.  Students interested in an OC vocational program may contact the Running Start office for information about the required English and mathematics placement scores.

Students with disabilities are advised to contact Access Services at 360-475-7540 or 1-800-259-6718 ext. 7540 for information about assessment accommodations before the assessment appointment is scheduled.


**Students who do not place into college-level English and/or math, who want to experience a collegiate environment while continuing to develop their computation and reading/writing skills outside of Running Start may enroll in a limited selection of Olympic College courses identified below:

  • Classes designated as "Skills Performance (H/SP)": Specific ART, DRMA, MUSC courses
  • Physical Education Department Classes:  Any PE-FSP or PE-RD
  • General Studies Department Classes:  Any GEN-S