Earn University Credits During High School

Challenge yourself and get a jump start on your college career for little to no cost with Running Start classes at CWU-Sammamish.

CWU welcomes eligible high school juniors (11th grade) and seniors (12th grade) to participate in the Running Start program at Sammamish. Students enrolled in the Running Start program are able to take college courses tuition-free. The credits earned from these courses are generally transferable to other colleges and universities, while also satisfying high school graduation requirements. Students may enroll simultaneously in high school and college courses, or exclusively in college courses.

Please explore to see if Running Start at Central Washington University is right for you: 

- Spring applications will be accepted until March 15, 2024
- Summer applications will be accepted from February 1, 2024 - May 1, 2024
- Fall applications will be accepted from February 1, 2024 - September 18, 2024

We encourage all students to apply and complete any required testing early.

The application needs to be completed in one session. Please make sure to have your comprehensive high school transcript ready to upload to the application. All communications will be sent to the email provided on the application. It is recommended to use a personal email and a school email because of the filters set by your school/district. Please also make sure to check your spam folder for our emails.

Apply to Running Start

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Sammamish Running Start Advisor Chelsea.Braun@cwu.edu or cwu_sammamish@cwu.edu, or call (425) 392-2110. You are also welcome to stop by our Sammamish center main office.

Running Start students need to fill in the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (RSEVF) and schedule a meeting with their advisor every quarter.


If you need to schedule an in person placement testing for Accuplacer Math please contact cwu_sammamish@cwu.edu.

More information on English Academic Writing Self-Assessment OR Accuplacer and ALEKS Math tests, and payment, please see Testing Services.

Fall 2023 Sammamish Course Schedule

Winter 2024 Sammamish Course Schedule

Spring 2024 Sammamish Course Schedule

Things to Keep in Mind

  • Discuss your plans for Running Start with your high school counselor
  • Meet with your high school counselor to complete the RSEVF
  • Make sure you have a copy of your high school transcript ready to upload with your application
  • Check your email frequently for communications from CWU Running Start
  • Respond in a timely manner to any CWU emails/calls
  • As a new student you will be required to attend a Running Start orientation in August. Dates and times will be communicated to admitted students via email.

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