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Running Start

Advising & Registration

Each quarter (fall, winter, and spring), Running Start students will be able to register online after attending an advising appointment with the Running Start advisor. Students should review the quarterly calendar to determine when their registration assignment and the quarterly schedule will be available. Registration assignments are not advising appointments. They are the earliest day that registration will open for a particular student.

Once a student has determined when they will be able to register, they should view the quarterly schedule and plan which courses they want to take. Because registration is based on seniority, some courses may no longer be available by the time a particular student can register. Therefore, students should plan 2 to 3 different schedules that will work for their high school requirements and college goals.

After choosing possible schedules, students should schedule an appointment to meet with their high school counselor to review high school requirements and fill out the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (RSEVF). This form is due each quarter. Students will not be permitted to register until a signed and completed RSEVF is turned in to the Running Start office. Remember: the high school has the final word on which CWU courses will fulfill high school graduation requirements. (Homeschool students are not required to complete state high school graduation requirements. They are, however, required to complete the RSEVF each quarter prior to enrolling.)

Students are welcome to schedule an appointment for advising any time between the beginning of advising and the last day of registration. Students should, however, meet with their high school counselor and fill out the RSEVF before attending a Running Start advising appointment. At the advising appointment, the student and advisor will discuss course selections, how these fit into the student’s academic goals at CWU or other institutions, and review the student’s academic progress.

Students are recommended to review the quarterly course schedule and select a few possible schedules prior to meeting with their high school counselor and scheduling their Running Start advising appointment. This tutorial outlines how to view the course schedule and register for courses online.

The Running Start advisor is also available to meet with students to discuss applying to CWU and other institutions, academic degree planning, referrals to other resources on campus, help with selecting a major, scholarship resources, and navigating college life. Once the student meets with the Running Start advisor, they will be released to register and will be able to register for their courses online through their MyCWU account during their assigned enrollment period.

Students will be notified about advising, registration, and other important dates via their CWU email accounts. Students are expected to check their CWU email on a regular basis (daily) so that they do not miss important information from the Running Start office, other services on campus, and their instructors. Students who are unsure of how to access their email or MyCWU account are welcome to stop by the Running Start office in Ellensburg (Hebeler 122) or Sammamish (main office) for assistance.

Please keep in mind that Running Start funding is only available for the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Students wishing to enroll in summer courses at CWU must obtain permission from the Registrar's Office and pay full tuition.

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