About Running Start
Running Start allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college credits and satisfy high school requirements. While taking tuition-free classes, students can:
- Work toward your college degree while preparing for high school completion
- Save money on college tuition - tuition is free.
- Learn from a wide and enriching selection of college courses
- Broaden your perspective and challenge yourself with college-level classes
- Keep up with your high school activities while you're in college
We welcome students who wish to get ahead, save money, and experience college life.
2024 Admissions Deadlines
Admission to Running Start is a multi-step process, requiring multiple application materials. Please see the appropriate deadlines for these materials below.
|Accepting Applications Starting
|TCC Admission Application
|English Qualifying Measures
|Running Start Application
*Priority applications received by priority deadline will ensure NEW students are eligible to enroll in courses when open enrollment begins. A complete priority application includes steps 1-3 in the admissions process.
Attend an Information Session
Prospective students and family members are encouraged to attend an information session on Zoom to learn about Running Start at TCC and how to apply to our program.
*NOTE: The March 26 session is geared toward Tacoma Public Schools, but is open for all to attend.
Have questions? Drop by our weekly Zoom lobby
Prospective and current students are encouraged to drop in to our Zoom lobby.
Every Thursday from Noon-3pm.
Reach out to us using one of the following methods below:
Emails are reviewed:
Monday - Friday
8AM to 5PM
Messages received will be responded to within 2 business days.
*Emails received on weekends and/or holidays may not be reviewed for up to 72-hours.