Prepare for your Future

Running Start is a program that provides eligible high school juniors and seniors an excellent opportunity to earn both high school and university credit at no cost. Classes are taken through Eastern Washington University and will transfer to any four-year public university in Washington State, as well as most universities across the country. Testing is not required to earn credit. Running Start also provides high school students a wider range of course options, as well as the chance to experience more challenging or advanced courses. Courses may be taught on the high school campus, the university campus, or online depending on high school arrangements and student preference. With a staff of dedicated advisors, the Running Start office is here to ensure a smooth transition for students between high school and college life.


Running Start On Campus

Students attend college courses on the EWU campus. You can enroll either full-time at EWU, or part-time while also attending your high school. Students can earn up to 15 tuition-free credits per quarter, and up to two years of free college credit if attending full-time. 


Running Start in the High School

Students attend their EWU course on their high school campus and receive college credit at no cost. Courses are taught by a high school faculty member who has been approved by EWU to teach college-level curriculum.


College in the High School

Similar to Running Start in the High School, students attend their EWU course on their high school campus for college credit, but at a reduced tuition cost. Courses are taught by an EWU-approved high school teacher. These tuition-based courses are for students who attend private schools or have already exceeded the maximum free credits allotted by the state.


Running Start Online

High school students take EWU online courses for college credit at no cost. Students have access to Eastern Online’s full catalog of courses. You can be enrolled part-time in Eastern Online courses while also attending your high school.

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