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Running Start


Now accepting applications for Fall 2017.  Apply Now!

  • Applications will be accepted through September 20, 2017.  Students are encouraged to submit their application packet as soon as possible.

Effective May 1st, Spring Quarter Office Hours

  • Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Running Start program is an opportunity for qualified high school juniors and seniors to take college-level classes tuition-free.  Running Start is part of the Washington State Choice Legislation created in 1990 to expand educational options for public high school students. Student earn both high school and college credits, which may be applied toward high school graduation and towards an associates degree, certificate or transfer credits.

Why Running Start?

Hear From Our Running Start Students!

"Instead of going to school as a Freshman and having to take 4 years of college, and [in] doing so take out 4 years of student loans, I'm going in with 20 credits, cutting my time down to 3 years. And that's only with one year of credits from OC. I still have the 2013/14 school year's credits to send when my transcript is updated. Because of the Running Start program, I am going to school for almost half the time as a student who just came out of high school."
Ian Bartlett, South Kitsap School District, Class of 2014

"The coursework was anything less than mediocre. The curriculum was thorough and intensive (at times). The professors expected a lot of me, and sometimes it was rough. Yet, if given the choice to do it all over, I would not have changed a thing."
Katheryn Camm, Bremerton High School, Class of 2014