Earn College Credit through Running Start

Get Your Running Start at Green River!

Steps to getting started in Running Start.

As a junior or senior in high school you can take college classes at Green River College tuition-free. Classes may apply to both your high school graduation requirements and your college degree. You may attend part-time or full-time, taking classes exclusively at GRC or a mix of classes at your high school and at GRC. Running Start does not cover books, fees, or transportation. A fee waiver and book loan program is available for those who qualify. Follow the four steps below to get started (detailed information is below):

Step 1: Apply to the College

Step 2: Determine Course Placement

Step 3: Submit Your Running Start Enrollment Packet

Step 4: Complete Student Orientation

New Student Registration Dates and Deadlines: 

QuarterApplication DeadlineEnrollment Packet Submission DeadlineRegistration OpensQuarter Starts
Fall 2021  August 25, 2021  September 8, 2021  May 24, 2021  September 20, 2021 

Part 1: Apply Online

Your student email account will be activated the next business day after your application is processed. All Green River communication will be sent to your Green River student email account.

Part 2: Begin Orientation

This orientation helps prepare you for success at Green River. You will need your student ID number which is provided at the bottom of your acceptance email to access online orientation. Be sure to select the 'Running Start' option. 

Ask Us

Office of the Registrar
SA 277
253-833-9111, ext. 2500
RegistrarsOffice@greenriver.edu

Part 1: Check Requirements

To participate in Running Start, you must be eligible for Engl& 101. Students wishing to take math courses or courses with math prerequisites need to show eligibility for college-level math. Visit the placement page for assessment and placement options. Proof of eligibility may include test score (SBA or AP scores). If assessing, please visit the placement page to request remote proctoring. 

Part 2: Testing Information

English eligibility is determined by taking the College Success Assessment; math eligibility is determined through WAMAP math entrance exam or high school transcript evaluation.

  • Bring your Green River student ID number and photo ID.
  • Allow up to 1-1/2 hours for the assessment. You will receive your scores and eligibility determination once you finish.
  • Visit the testing center page for locations and hours. We are currently offering the College Success Assessment remotely - you must request this in advance.

Ask Us

Running Start
SA 135
253-288-3380
RunningStart@greenriver.edu

Visit us in our Virtual Lobby: greenriver.edu/va 

Part 1: Obtain Forms

Submit proof of eligibility to your high school to obtain your Enrollment Verification Form (EVF).

  • For home schooled or private school students, take proof of eligibility to your district office. You must enroll through your local district to access the Running Start Program.

Complete the Running Start Enrollment Packet with your parent/guardian.

Part 2: Submit Forms

Submit your completed and signed EVF and Enrollment Packet to the Running Start Office through the Secure Document Upload tool. Remember to include:

  • Your Green River ID number
  • Your email address
  • Your parent/guardian signature

Ask Us

Running Start
SA 135
253-288-3380
RunningStart@greenriver.edu

Forms are located on the Running Start page

Part 1: Online

Part 2: Virtual Presentation

Once you submit your completed Enrollment Packet, have Engl& 101 placement, and completed the online orientation, we will sign you up for a Registration, Advising, and Planning (RAP) session. During this virtual presentation, you will have the opportunity to register for classes for the upcoming quarter.

This session is mandatory for participation in Running Start at Green River College.

Ask Us

Running Start
SA 135
253-288-3380
RunningStart@greenriver.edu

Visit us in our Virtual Lobby: greenriver.edu/va