All in-person Information Sessions for March and April are cancelled.

We are working to offer the info sessions in an online format.If you would like to receive an email update when it is available, please fill out this form

 The deadline for Fall Quarter is 6/25/20.

(Update 3/27/20) Accuplacer testing is currently not available due to COVID-19 concerns. Students who want to begin Running Start in Fall 2020 should check Cascadia's Accuplacer page for updates. 

(Update 3/23/20) High school seniors who are not current Cascadia Running Start students may be eligible to meet missing high school graduation requirements by attending Cascadia during Spring quarter. Contact Kris Panton at for more information.

If you have questions, please email the Running Start Office at    

NOTICE: Our fax machine is currently out of service. If are trying to fax your forms to us, please email your form to           

 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 below 100 level courses 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

Running Start Steps to Apply:

Optional: Attend a Running Start Information Session*

  • Information Session are held on select Fridays
  • All Information Sessions for March and April are cancelled.  
  • Due to high demand for information sessions and limited space, we ask that you sign up  
  • We welcome attendance by both prospective students and parent/guardian  

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

1. Place into college-level English (English 101)

You must place into English 101. You can qualify by either taking the ACCUPLACER at Cascadia or submitting your 10th grade Smarter Balanced Assessment scores. You must place in either Level 3 or 4 on the English language assessment (ELA) of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

To take the Accuplacer at Cascadia, visit the Accuplacer page for the current schedule.

You must submit English placement by the quarterly deadline (please see Step 3: Submit your Running Start Contract).

2. 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. Be sure to check your spam/junk email folder.
  • You must complete the application  by the quarterly deadline (please see Step 3: Submit your Running Start Contract).

3. 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:

Spring Quarter 2020: March 6, 2020
Fall Quarter, 2020: June 25, 2020

The Running Start Contract must be:

  • Signed by you and your parent/guardian.
  • Submitted via a scanned email attachment to 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. 


4. 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.

5. 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.
  • Note: If you move to a new high school or your credit allotment changes, you will need to submit a revised RSEVF.

Optional Forms

  • A 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 current Enrollment Verification Form now includes the eligibility section for free/reduced lunch students.
  • 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.)


Is Running Start Right For Me?


  • 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.

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.


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.


Current Running Start Students

On Week 6 of the current quarter, see your High School Counselor for the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (RSEVF)

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
  • 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.


Register for Classes


Contact Us

Contact Us

  • 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 one (1) week.
  • Our current processing time for Running Start Enrollment Verification Forms (RSEVFs) is three (3) business days. 

Email us:
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(s).