Running Start

The application DEADLINE for FALL Quarter 2017 has been EXTENDED to 

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Note: Make sure that you meet with your high school counselor BEFORE schools close for Summer


 

Were you unable to attend an information session and you need in-person help to explain the application process? 

Have other questions about Cascadia?

VISIT US
during our new
APPLICATION HELP SESSIONS

When: every Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday from 4pm to 5pm

and every Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm 

Where:  Kodiak Corner, building CC1 first floor
How:  Sign in at the kiosk, have a seat, and wait for us to call you back 
 

 


Earn college credit from your high school classes

If you're an eligible high school junior or senior, apply for Cascadia's Running Start Program to earn college credit tuition free while you fulfill Washington State high school graduation requirements. Running Start lets you complete up to 2 years of college while you're still in high school.

Save time and money

You can take up to 15 credits per quarter tuition free depending on your enrollment level at high school. (You pay for books, supplies, transportation, mandatory college fees and tuition for non-college-level courses [courses numbered below 100 and Pre-Fall classes]).

Prepare for the future

As a student at Cascadia, you'll experience college life firsthand and become better prepared for the transition to a university.

Gain marketable skills

Through the Running Start Program at Cascadia, you can earn credits toward a wide range of technical and associate degree programs that prepare you for the career of your choice.

Attend Cascadia College

Cascadia's classes average 24 to 33 students, allowing for plenty of interaction with professors and other students as you work in small groups on collaborative projects. 


 

How to Apply

 

Admissions Process for New Students
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Attend a Running Start Information Session*

  • Sign-ups are required as space is limited. 
    Due to high demand for information sessions, we ask that you sign up for one (1) session.
    We welcome attendance by both prospective students and parent/guardians. 

  • Information Session Dates for Fall Quarter applicants:

      • Friday, May 5, from 4pm to 5pm**
      • Friday, May 19, from 4pm to 5pm

*You do not need to attend a Running Start Information Session to apply to Running Start.
Please follow the steps below or contact
runningstart@cascadia.edu with any questions.
 

**All information sessions are closed. If you would to learn about the program in-person, please come to our office Monday through Thursday for our Application Help Sessions. Information is at the top of the page. 

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Place into college-level English (English 101)

You must place into college level English (English 101) with a score above 86 in both Reading and Sentence Skills (formerly known as Writing). To take the ACCUPLACER at Cascadia, visit the placement page for current placement schedule.

  • We will also accept qualifying scores from Accuplacer or COMPASS from another community college. Attach your qualified scores to your Running Start Contract.

OR Take the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) 

  • You must place in either Level 3 or Level 4 for ENGL 101 placement. Attach your qualified scores to your Running Start Contract. The score must be from the test taken during sophomore year of high school.
You must submit English placement by the quarterly deadline (please see Step 4: Submit your Running Start Contract).

 

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Apply for admission to Cascadia 

  • Apply online for general admissions OR in person at Kodiak Corner
      • When you apply, please give an email that you, the student, will regularly check. Most of our communication is through email. 
  • Pay the non-refundable $30 application fee. You may pay online or in person.

  • You must complete the application and pay the application fee by the quarterly deadline (please see Step 4: Submit your Running Start Contract).
  • Qualifying students* can request that the application fee be waived by submitting the Running Start Fee Waiver along with the documentation requested on the form to the Kodiak Corner. This form must be submitted in-person with photo identification before you apply to Cascadia. The fee cannot be waived retroactively.

*Qualifying students are foster youth and/or students on select state and federal programs such as Free/Reduced Lunch and those with a Medical Identification Card (medical coupon).

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Submit your Running Start Contract

  • All admission paperwork must be completed by the quarterly deadline to the Running Start Office.

Quarterly Running Start Admission Deadlines:

Winter Quarter 2017: December 9, 2016 by 1:30pm

Spring Quarter 2017: March 3, 2017 by 1:30pm

Fall Quarter 2017: June 29, 2017 by 5:00pm

  • The Running Start Contract must be:

    • Signed by you and your parent/guardian.

    • Submitted via a scanned email attachment to runningstart@cascadia.edu or as a paper copy to the Drop-Box, located by the job bulletin board in the Kodiak Corner.

  • The Running Start Enrollment Verification Form may also be submitted with the Contract. 

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Wait and check your email

 
Please check your spam and trash folders for missed emails. You will receive three emails:

  1. The first email is automatically generated as soon as your general admissions application for Cascadia is processed.

  2. The second email is sent from Cascadia Admissions to all students who are under the age of 18. These first two emails do not require any action.

  3. The third email will be from the Running Start Office, explaining the next steps including turning in the Enrollment Verification Form, signing up for CORE, and registering for courses. This email will be sent once all application materials have been submitted and processed.

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Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (RSEVF) 
  • The RSEVF must be signed by the student, the student’s parent/guardian, and the student’s high school counselor.

  • The RSEVF must be submitted to the Running Start Office before you register for courses every quarter.

  • Without the RSEVF, you cannot register for courses.

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Optional Forms

    • The Fee Waiver is available to students who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch at their sponsoring high school, students who have been in Foster Care, and/or students receiving assistance from select state and federal programs.

    • The form must be submitted before the first day of the quarter with proper documentation. The type of required documentation is explained on the Running Start Fee Waiver Form.
  • The Release of Information Form is an optional form and is available online. (Note: This form must be submitted in-person with photo identification at Front Counter in Kodiak Corner.)

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Is Running Start Right For Me?
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Eligibility

  • You must be a high school junior or senior.

  • You must be enrolled in a public high school or with a public school district.

  • You can participate in Running Start for up to 6 quarters from the fall of your junior year to the spring of your senior year.

  • If you do not participate in Running Start, you cannot "save up" quarters to use later; after your senior year, you are no longer eligible.

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Academic Expectations


As a college student, you are fully responsible for your education and academic success.

  • You must place into college-level English (English 101) by taking either the Accuplacer or Smarter Balanced Assessment.

  • You must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or above. Running Start students are held accountable to the same academic standards as other college students.

  • Do your best: The grades you earn at Cascadia will go on both your high school and college transcripts.

  • How is High School different from college? Prepare yourself by understanding the differences. Check out the following resource from Auburn University, High School to College Comparison.

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Costs 

 

Running Start will pay for some or all of the tuition while attending Cascadia College. The amount of tuition covered by Running Start is directly relative to how many classes the student is enrolled in at high school or school district.

  • All fees are subject to change.

  • Please see the Running Start Cost of Attendance for more details.

  • Students who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch at their sponsoring high school and/or students who have been in Foster Care, qualify for a Running Start Fee Waiver.
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Current Running Start Students
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On Week 6 of the current quarter, see your High School Counselor for the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (RSEVF)

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Bring the Completed Running Start Enrollment Verification Form to the Running Start Office

    • EVERY QUARTER bring a completed and signed Running Start Enrollment Verification Form and place it in the Running Start Drop Box
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    • NOTE: You will not be able to register until you turn in the completed form.

    • Please allow three (3) business days for the Running Start Office to process your RSEVF.

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Register for Classes

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Contact Us
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The Running Start Office is located in Kodiak Corner, CC1 First Floor. Our business hours follow Kodiak Corner hours. 

Our current processing time for Running Start Contracts is four (4) business days and the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form is two (2) business days. 

 

Email us: runningstart@cascadia.edu
Please provide your Cascadia College Student Identification Number (SID) if applicable. Please note that multiple emails will not yield a faster response. 

 

Call us: (425) 352-8146 

If we are unable to answer, please leave a message with your name, phone number, and question. 

 

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