Running Start

* In light of COVID-19, Running Start services have moved online. For current students to schedule a virtual appointment or other inquiries can be directed to tricities.runningstart@wsu.edu

WSU Tri-Cities Running Start Program

Washington State University Tri-Cities is proud to offer the Running Start program for qualifying high school juniors and seniors.  The Running Start program allows students to attend classes on the WSU Tri Cities campus and receive both high school and college credit simultaneously.

We partner with all Mid-Columbia high schools, along with surrounding school districts, including Prosser, Connell, Columbia, Kahlotus, Finley, Kiona-Benton, Omak and Grandview.

There are many benefits to students participating in the Running Start program at WSU Tri-Cities, including developing skills that support academic achievment, the ability to pursue degree interests and students can take up to 15 college credits per semester, tuition free.  Running Start students may attend WSU Tri-Cities full-time or combine their classes between the high school and WSU Tri-Cities. 

Kate McAteer
Vice Chancellor
for Academic Affairs

Welcome

As the 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.

Running Start students at WSU Tri-Cities engage in an authentic college experiences that puts them 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.

Fall 2022 

Application opens Spring 2022

Participation Criteria

Students who have a 3.50 or higher cumulative, unweighted high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) are admissible after submitting their high school transcript.

Students who have a 3.30 to 3.49 cumulative, unweighted high school GPA are reviewed for admission by a WSU faculty committee.  Additional information is requested to assist the committee in making their determination, please see check list tab

Homeschool students are reviewed for admission by a WSU faculty committee on an individual basis.  Additional information is requested to assist the committee in making their determination, please see check list tab

Students whose cumulative high school GPA is below 3.30 at the time of application are not eligible for consideration but are encouraged to improve their GPAs and apply the following academic year. 

 

Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative WSU grade point average to remain eligible for WSU Running Start.

Running Start Information Sessions

Spring 2022

To be Announced

Perspective Running Start Student :
  • Attend your School Running Start Info Night
  • Apply to Running Start
    • link
    • Submit additional forms and documentation
  • Student will receive an email regarding admission status
Reviewed and Accepted Running Start Students 
  • Create Network ID
  • Take Placement Exams (Fees Apply)
    • Math & Writing
  • Meet with High School Counselor
  • Meet with WSU Advisor
  • Enroll
  • Attend Orientation
  • Purchase books & school supplies
  • Pay course fees, placement fees, if applicable

Application Process

Students with a Cumulative GPA 3.5 or above  
  • Submit Online Application
    • Additional form links (FERPA & Parent Permission Form) will be emailed once application is received
  • Email Unofficial high school transcript ~ Mid term grades are not accepted
Students with a cumulative GPA 3.3-3.49  OR Home school students 
  • Submit Online Application
    • Additional form links (FERPA & Parent Permission Form) will be emailed once application is received
    • Email the following items
      • Unofficial high school transcript ~ Mid term grades are not accepted
      • Letters of recommendation from teacher and/or counselors
      • Personal statement detailing your educational goals
      • Standardized test scores, if available (PSAT, PLAN)

  *Students will receive communication regarding their admission status by email 

Once Admitted:

Set-up WSU Network ID
  • Students will receive an email from WSU Pullman to the email provided on application to set up Network ID. Once a Network ID is created, students will be able to log into MyWSU and check their WSU emails

*This step is required prior to placement testing

Complete Placement Testing ( Placement ) * fees apply
Meet with High School Counselor
  • Identify remaining high school requirements
  • Plan and discuss if courses will be taken at the High School
    • Academic Advising at WSU will be based on these requirements

 Note:  All forms must be submitted before admission status can be determined. Completed documents can be submitted within the online application or via email tricities.runningstart@wsu.edu 

All Running Start students are required to meet with an advisor in order to set up their course schedule each semester. Students will work closely with their WSU advisor and with their high school counselor to ensure they are on track for high school graduation and a successful academic year.

New Running Start Students: 
  • Students will be sent an email with advising details and bookings link
    • Scores for Writing & Math Placement must reflect
  • Students will set a tentative schedule with advisor and provided an Enrollment Verification Form at the end of the meeting
    • Students return a completed Enrollment Verification Form via email
      • Advising Hold is removed
      • Student can enroll
        •  log-in to MyWSU
          • Please Note: Upon enrolling Tuition will be reflecting on account , this will not clear until early September 
Current Running Start Students: 
  • Students will be sent an email with advising details and bookings link

Students who have yet to pay their fees for the semester will need to make a payment before scheduling an advising appointment

Please contact Running Start for additional questions

Orientation To be Announced

Fall 2022

See our Frequently Asked Questions about WSU Running Start and contact us with any other questions or concerns.