Enrolling in dual credit programs such as Running Start or College in the High School may seem complicated because it is a different process than registering for your high school classes. But don’t worry. We’re here to help and we want to hear from you.
Some frequently asked questions are below. Still have questions? Let us know.
Dual Enrollment is an enrichment opportunity that allows high school / home schooled students to earn college credits for courses taken through WSU Tri Cities while still being enrolled in high school. As a dual enrolled student, you are enrolled in both high school (or home school) and WSU Tri-Cities.
High school sophomores (College in the High School program only), juniors, and seniors or the home-schooled equivalent are eligible to participate in dual enrollment classes. In order to take these courses, you must demonstrate competence in reading, writing and math. Please click Running Start or College in the High School for more information.
Dual enrollment can provide students an opportunity to enhance their education by enrolling early in college courses. This allows students to progress toward their next academic goal without having to wait until high school graduation. Studies show that students who acquire college credits while still in high school are more likely to graduate from high school and continue their formal education.
In addition, dual enrollment:
Students can take Dual Enrollment classes at WSU Tri Cities campus.
High school students who enroll in WSU classes on campus or through their high school are officially entering college and establishing an official college transcript. In addition to the challenging coursework, students will become more independent. College professors and other college personnel will not talk with a parent without the permission of and presence of the student. The conversation is between the administrator/faculty member and the student. The parent’s role is to listen, give moral support and summarize information and agreements if needed.
Professors will provide a course syllabus that tells students exactly what is expected of them, when assignments are due, and how grading will be done. Collegiate coursework requires students to pursue their education in the classroom and on their own. Students are expected to be prepared for each class and should be prepared to offer information, thoughts and ideas to the class discussion. They may be asked to cover controversial topics and to confront questions without easy answers.
It is often expected that students will let their professor know ahead of time if they will be absent. If a student chooses to be absent from the class, he/she will still be responsible for the work due and to may need to get notes from the class from their peers.
Extracurricular activities may conflict with coursework. Help your student determine priorities, and decide if they are ready to take on the extra work and study required in a college course.
When questions or problems arise, encourage students to deal with the appropriate person. Help students think about how the problem can be approached, what information is needed and how to ask the right questions. If there are already policies regarding the issue, help him/her to find the information on the WSU Tri-Cities website.
Students are expected to reach out to their professor if they don’t understand content or expectations. Students should also take advantage of tutoring services offered by the College if needed. If the results of the meeting are not satisfactory, parents should help the student determine if he /she will accept the decisions or help determine who the student should approach next. With parental help, students can move from expecting parents to take care of issues and become comfortable as a self-advocate.
Yes. Students may choose to either enroll full time or part time.
Yes. There is a limit to the number of courses/credits in which a student can enroll.
Yes. Students who take more than the “eligible” amount of credits will pay at the per credit rate for every credit over the allowed amount.
Each school district determines equivalencies for their students. High schools are the final authority in granting their diploma, so it is vital to maintain contact with the high school counselor when choosing Running Start courses.
No. Students should still apply as a regular incoming freshman to be eligible for freshman financial aid and scholarships.
The cost of books, supplies, consumable fees (lab, technology, etc.) and transportation to/from campus are the student’s responsibility. The Running Start state funding addresses most of the student’s tuition expenses.
Yes. With the exception of NCAA sports, Running Start On-Campus students may participate in activities on the university campus. However there may be additional fees or costs not covered by Running Start for some on campus activities.
Yes and Maybe. WSU Running Start courses are awarded WSU transcripted credits and generally are transferable to other Washington state public colleges and universities as well as those in the regional accreditation network of Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
However, all colleges and universities retain authority to determine how they will accept the credits toward general education requirements, electives or even program specific requirements. Very often admission and advising personnel can respond to how their institution would address use of WSU credits acquired under the Running Start program.
Yes. Home schooled students are required to submit SAT, ACT or ACT Residual test scores for admission consideration. Contact our office for further information.
Yes. The transition to Running Start On-Campus courses may require a greater degree of maturity (independence and socialization) than some high school students are prepared for, due to taking classes with older students, as well as commuting to/from and functioning in a university environment.
Yes. It is critical to carefully consider the student’s academic preparation for the courses they might take. A “failing” grade will become part of the student’s permanent record.
University placement testing is not required for admission into the WSU Running Start program. Math and English placement scores are used toward registration process. (You do not need a compass testing score for admission to the WSU Running Start program)
Sí. Los estudiantes pueden optar por inscribirse a tiempo completo o para tiempo parcial.
Sí. Una copia de las calificaciones del semestre del estudiante será enviada a la escuela secundaria y los grados serán registrados en el expediente académico de la escuela secundaria del estudiante.
Sí, hay un límite en el número de cursos/créditos en los que el estudiante puede inscribirse.
Sí. Los estudiantes que toman más de la cantidad “elegible ” de los créditos tendrán que pagar por cada crédito que pase de la cantidad de créditos permitidos.
Cada distrito escolar determina las equivalencias para sus estudiantes. Las escuelas secundarias son la autoridad final en la concesión de su diploma, por eso es vital que el estudiante mantenga contacto con el/la consejero(a) de la escuela secundaria al elegir cursos en Running Start.
No. Los estudiantes todavía deben aplicarse como un estudiante de primer año regular para ser elegible para recibir ayuda financiera de primer año y becas.
El costo de los libros, gastos de consumibles (tecnología, etc.) y de transporte desde / hasta la Universidad son responsabilidad del estudiante.
Sí. Con la excepción de los deportes de la NCAA, los estudiantes en el programa de Running Start podrán participar en las actividades de la universidad. Sin embargo, puede haber unas actividades que requieren cargos adicionales o costos que no son cubiertos por Running Start.
Por lo general sí. Los cursos de Running Start serán considerados como créditos de WSU y típicamente se pueden trasferir a otra universidad pública del estado de Washington o colegios acreditados con Northwest Comission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Sin embargo, todos los colegios y universidades determinan cómo van a aceptar los créditos para los requisitos de educación general, o electivos y requisitos de cada matricula. Muy a menudo, la admisión y el personal que asesoran a los estudiantes de cada colegio pueden responder a cómo su institución abordaría los créditos de WSU adquiridos bajo el programa Running Start.
Si. Los estudiantes que participan en la educación en la casa pueden asistir al programa pero deben entregar resultados de un examen de PSAT, SAT, o ACT con su aplicación.
En la Universidad
La transición de estar en la escuela secundaria y empezar en la universidad puede requerir un mayor grado de madurez (independencia y socialización) que algunos estudiantes de secundaria se deben preparar para, debido a que tiene que los estudiantes tomaran clases con estudiantes de más edad , así como el funcionamiento en un ambiente universitario.
En la Escuela Secundaria
Es muy importante considerar cuidadosamente la preparación académica del estudiante para los cursos que pueden tomar. Una calificación reprobatoria pasará a formar parte del expediente permanente del estudiante.
Ninguna. Pruebas de colocación de la Universidad no se requiere para la admisión en el programa de Running Start en WSU. Puntajes de pruebas son usadas para promover el proceso de registro. (El estudiante no necesita tomar el “compass test” para la admisión al programa de Running Start).