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Systematic Approach to Accelerate College Completion

Students who earn college credits while in high school are more likely to graduate and continue their education beyond high school. High School Programs provide educational outreach opportunities for K-12 students to help them explore colleges early and become college-ready.

High school students can take WSU courses on the WSU Tri-Cities campus and experience academic quality that will prepare them for a successful college career.

Kathleen McAteer

Kate McAteer, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


As the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, it is my pleasure to oversee the Running Start program on campus. This avenue for dual credit provides students with the opportunity to earn affordable college credit while earning their high school diploma. Students in the region have access to rigorous course work with highly talented faculty who are invested in their success.

As a Running Start student at WSU Tri-Cities, you will engage in an authentic college experience that puts you on the path to a successful academic career. I invite you to visit campus, meet our helpful staff, and explore the possibility of getting a head-start on your college education.

Running Start

Eligible high school juniors (11th) and seniors (12th) can take up to 15 college credits on WSU Tri-Cities per semester. Running Start students can choose courses from a wide variety of academic programs and receive both high school and college credit.

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