Sammamish Center
(425) 392-2110

CWU-Sammamish Running Start

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 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.

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

Fall 2023 applications open on February 1st, the deadline to apply for Fall 2023 is September 13th, 2023. 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 or, 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.

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.

CWU-Sammamish Running Start FAQs

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CWU-Sammamish felt like a community, everyone was super friendly. I liked every single one of my classes there.