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Running Start

New Students

CWU welcomes eligible high school juniors and seniors to participate in the Running Start program at Ellensburg and Sammamish. Students enrolled in the Running Start program on campus are able to take college courses tuition-free during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. The credits earned from these courses are generally transferable to other colleges and universities, while also satisfying high school requirements. Students may enroll simultaneously in high school and college courses, or exclusively in college courses. Participating in the Running Start program allows Running Start students the opportunity to take a wide range of courses from CWU faculty and gain the experience of a traditional college student while also enjoying the support of their family, high school, and local community.

For more information, explore the links below or feel free to attend one of our information sessions at Ellensburg or Sammamish. If you are unable to attend an information session or would like to download a copy of the presentation, please click here

We are currently scheduling advising appointments for new Ellensburg and Sammamish Running Start students. If you need to schedule a new student appointment, please call 509-963-1351. 


Application & Testing Information
Homeschool Students               
Benefits & Challenges
Online Students

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