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High School Partnerships

Welcome to CWU High School Partnerships!

Central Washington University is proud to be partners with high schools across the state of Washington, offering CWU classes through Running Start and College in the High School.

These dual-credit options enable high school students to earn college credit and start an official university transcript all while also fulfilling their high school graduation requirements.

CWU Running Start

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

CWU College in the High School 

CWU College in the High School is a way for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to take CWU classes and stay at their high school. Highly qualified teachers around the state are endorsed by CWU to provide rigorous, approved college level courses. These classes are either self-paid (Cornerstone) or through the state college in the high school subsidy.


Program Comparison (College in the High School/Running Start/AP)


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