Apply to Running Start

Running Start
Phone: (509) 963-1351
Fax: (509) 963-1690

Welcome to CWU Running Start!

CWU welcomes eligible high school juniors and seniors to participate in the Running Start program at Ellensburg, Sammamish, and online. Students enrolled in the Running Start program 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 graduation 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. Running Start is available to local high school students at the main campus in Ellensburg, at CWU Sammamish, and online. Please explore our website to see if Running Start at Central Washington University is right for you.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to us at or call us at 509-963-1351 (Ellensburg campus) or 425-392-2110 (Sammamish campus).

Upcoming Important Application Dates:

  • Winter 2022 applications will be accepted from 9/10/2021 - 12/15/2021
  • Spring 2022 applications will be accepted from 12/16/2021 - 3/17/2021
  • Fall 2022 applications will open in February, 2022

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

Please note: CWU requires all students, including Running Start students, to submit proof of vaccination for COVID-19 or be approved for an exemption. Information about how to submit proof or request an exemption is available on the Student Health Services website.