Steps to Enroll for Running Start
Welcome to the Running Start program at SPSCC! Your first step to deciding if Running Start is right for you is to view our Information Session Video and then attend a Running Start Information Session Q&A where you can ask any questions you might have. This is recommended as a first step but does not have to be done before the rest of the steps below.
Want summer info? Visit the Running Start Summer Quarter page >
Submit a free admissions application online. This should be completed by the student, not a parent, from the student’s email address for student privacy purposes. It can take up to 1 week to process your application. Apply for admission >
Need help filling out the Admissions Application? View our Running Start Admissions Application Guide
When your application has been processed, you’ll receive an acceptance email with your ctcLink ID. Use your ctcLink ID to activate your two student accounts: your ctcLink account and your ClipperID. Activate Your Student Accounts >
To be eligible for Running Start, you must place into, or have completed, English 101. Math placement is not required to participate as a Running Start student, but is required if you are going to complete a degree at SPSCC or want to take a course with a math prerequisite. Use the Interactive Placement Guide to look at your possible placement options customized to what you've already completed!
English Placement: If you have acceptable documentation, we can place you directly into English 101. Please see the Running Start Placement Guide for more information and submit your documents to firstname.lastname@example.org for evaluation including your full name, date of birth, and ctcLink ID number. Documents are evaluated and placement posted within one business day. If you do not have any documentation to submit you can take the English Guided Self Placement (GSP) online. It is free and can be completed any time after you activate your SPSCC student email account. Results will be available as soon as you finish and will post to your account the next business day. Please see the Assessment Center page for more information about the English GSP.
Math Placement: If you have acceptable documentation, we can place you directly into a variety of college level math classes. Please see the Running Start Placement Guide for more information and submit your documents to email@example.com for evaluation including your full name, date of birth, and ctcLink ID number. If you do not have any documentation to submit, or you wish to attempt to place higher than your documents allow, you can take the WAMAP proctored exam (virtually or on campus) for placement into one of several college level math courses up to Calculus I (MATH& 151). Results will be available as soon as you finish and will post to your account the next business day. The exam is free with one retake option and you will choose the course level you wish to test for. Please see the Assessment Center page for scheduling information. Running Start students are not eligible to take the Math Guided Self Placement exam for math placement.
Interested in learning more about placement and what documents you can use or exams you can take? Join one of our virtual Information Session Q&As or Placement Made Easy sessions! You can see more information in the calendar feed at the bottom of this page. Students and parent/guardians are encouraged to attend and Assessment Center staff are available to answer specific placement questions.
Meet with your high school counselor or school district representative to discuss specific graduation requirements. They will help you decide how many classes to complete at the high school and how many credits to complete at SPSCC. Check out available classes in the Class Schedule. There is a 15-credit limit to the number of courses you can be enrolled in between high school and SPSCC with full tuition coverage. If you want to take more than 15 credits, you will pay full tuition for the additional credits. See the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form for the funding table and use it to meet with your high school counselor.
Complete the Pathway Selection Survey and attend New Student Advising & Registration (NSAR) to get ready to register for classes. Provide a photo ID (drivers license, drivers permit, high school ASB card, military ID or state ID) and a list of your high school graduation requirements. Only the student is required to attend the session. (Special Note: NSAR sessions are currently offered online only).
Students will register as a full tuition-paying student during NSAR, but payment is not expected at registration. In order to get tuition and fees adjusted, students must submit the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (RSEVF).
- In person at the One Stop or Advising Center on the Olympia Campus in Building 22
- In person at the One Stop or Advising Center on the Lacey Campus in Building 1
- Emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
|Starting Quarter:||Winter 2022||Spring 2022||Fall 2022*|
|Recommended to Apply By:||Oct 2021||Feb 2022||Mar 2022|
|Admissions Deadline:||Dec 20, 2021||Mar 21, 2022||TBA|
|Class Schedule Online:||Oct 2021||Jan 2022||
|Submit Placement Documents or Test:||Oct-Nov 2021||
|Registration Opens:||Nov 8, 2021||Feb 22, 2022||Late May 2022|
|RS Verification Form Due^:||
Dec 14, 2021
|Mar 15, 2022||Aug 30, 2022|
|Fees Paid or Submit Fee Waver Due:||
Dec 14, 2021
|Mar 15, 2022||Aug 30, 2022|
|Classes Start:||Jan 3, 2022||Apr 4, 2022||Sept 19, 2022|
*Dates may change after SPSCC completes a technology upgrade in mid-May. Please check in with your high school counselor and email@example.com for the most up to date information.
^Students may continue to register for classes after the RS Verification form due date through the first week of classes, however submission of the form and payment of fees is expected within one business day of enrolling in courses after this date.
Running Start Information Session Video
Please view the video below (about 23 minutes) with your parent/guardian(s). This video will provide information about:
- Understanding the benefits and considerations of Running Start
- College expectations
- Limitations on information sharing
- College resources and
- Costs of the Running Start program
After viewing the video, please join one of our live Running Start Information Session Q&A Zoom meetings. We also have Assessment Center staff available in these Q&A sessions if you have specific placement related questions (see calendar feed below).
To join a session, please click on any of the Zoom meeting links below labeled "Running Start Information Session Q&A" no more than a half hour before the start of the session. We will offer in person Q&A meetings when it is safe for our staff and the public to resume large gatherings. If you have further questions or are unable to attend a Zoom meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
To learn more about Zoom and to practice joining a meeting, check out the Zoom website: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting