High School Information & Resources

Educational Partnership 

As a WSU Tri-Cities Running Start student, you will work with the Running Start advisor and your high school counselor to ensure you are meeting your high school graduation requirements with the WSU Tri-Cities courses you choose to take. This holistic approach ensures that Running Start students feel connected to the WSU Tri-Cities campus community, resources, and reach their educational goals in a supportive and positive environment.

The grades you receive as a Running Start student are recorded on both your high school and permanent college transcript, even if you go to a different college or university.

Transition to Higher Education

When you become a WSU Tri-Cities Running Start student, you also start your journey as a college student. While there are resources at WSU Tri-Cities that support Running Start students throughout their time in the program, Running Start students should be prepared for the fast-paced and self-motivated learning environment that comes with being a college student.

Courses on the WSU Tri-Cities campus are in-person instruction. Students will need to commute to and from the Tri-Cities campus for classes. Running Start students also have the option to ride the Ben Franklin transit for FREE with their WSU student ID card (Cougar Card).

Enrollment Verification Form

Once admitted, Running Start students are required to complete and submit an Enrollment Verification Form (EVF) every semester. The form must include student, parent/guardian, high school counselor and Running Start advisor signatures. A copy of the final EVF form is sent to the Running Start student and their high school counselor.

High School Credit Equivalency Guides

Participating school districts and our WSU Tri-Cities Running Start program have put together credit equivalency guides to help students identify which WSU classes will satisfy individual high school graduation requirements.

Running Start students should refer to their school district credit equivalency guide when reviewing the semester class schedule to make sure that the classes they want to take will satisfy the high school graduation requirement. Any high school graduation requirement not listed in the credit equivalency guide must be completed at the high school.

Running Start students are not limited to the courses that are on the Credit Equivalency Guide. They are open to take any course on the WSU Tri-Cities campus as long as the student meets the requirement to take the course and are on track towards completing high school graduation requirements by their graduation date.

Contact our Running Start Office for your school district’s Credit Equivalency Guide.

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