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Running Start

Welcome to CWU Running Start!

Central Washington University is proud to provide Running Start and College in the High School/Cornerstone to students across the State of Washington.

Running Start allows eligible juniors and seniors to enroll in tuition-free college courses at Central Washington University at the Ellensburg campus and Sammamish location during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Students may attend on campus or online and earn high school and college credit.

College in the High School is a state-funded way for high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit and fulfill their high school graduation requirements all while staying at their high school. 

Cornerstone is the exact same as College in the High school but under Cornerstone the parents/students pay for the college credits at a significantly reduced rate. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to take college classes using this model.

For more detailed information about either program please select from the menu bar on the left-hand side of this page.


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