Juniors and seniors in high school attend college courses on the EWU campus or online. You can enroll either full-time at EWU, or part-time while also attending your high school. Students can earn up to 15 tuition-free credits per quarter, and up to two years of free college credit if attending full-time.
Moving from a high school environment to a four-year university is a transition that takes some adjustment. Students must be academically and emotionally prepared to successfully participate in classes that are faster paced and more intense than their high school courses. A student’s time in the program can be very rewarding.
- Tuition is free; students or parents can save up to two years in college tuition costs
- Earn up to two years of college credit
- Take a wide variety of classes that may not be offered at the high school
- Gives academically qualified students the opportunity to take more challenging or advanced courses
- Highly-motivated, mature students may thrive in the college environment
- A diverse college student population provides a rich learning environment
- Testing is not required to earn credit
- Credits transferable to Washington State universities and community colleges, as well as to most other universities
- Experiencing college classes while still in high school can help in making future educational plans
Additional Benefits of Online
- Can take EWU classes even from a distance, no need to travel to the campus in most cases
- More flexible scheduling
Things to Consider
- Grades in college courses become a part of the student’s permanent high school and college records.
- Book purchases and class fees are the responsibility of the student.
- Exposure to a large and diverse student body.
- Firsthand experience with college culture.
- Students may be exposed to alternative viewpoints and material of an adult nature.
- The college calendar does not match the high school calendar (holidays, finals and vacations).
- College courses typically requires at least two hours of homework for each hour of class.
- Class pace and rigor; a yearlong class in the high school is completed in a ten week quarter at EWU.
- Students who are academically ready may find the required independence and speed of college classes overwhelming; student’s maturity level should be considered.
- Accessibility to EWU’s learning resources: JFK library, EWU Writers Center, Mathematics Tutoring Lab, and Learning Commons.
- Upon admission, students may need to travel to the Eastern Washington University campus twice for math/English placement testing and orientation. Travel for classes is not required in most cases.
- Online courses require an additional level of maturity, self-motivation and self-reliance than traditional college courses.
- Transportation arrangements; as an EWU student, students can ride STA buses for free.
- Scheduling of college classes may conflict with some high school classes/activities.
- High schools provide more of a social network and experiences geared toward teenagers.
Students receive up to 15 tuition-free credits per quarter. They are responsible for course fees, tuition over the established limit, and the cost of textbooks (unless they qualify for the Running Start Book Loan program). Parking permits can also be purchased.
At no cost, students can use their EagleCard to ride STA buses, access the EWU Library, Writer’s Center, and tutoring services, and use recreational facilities (including ice arena, basketball courts and climbing wall).
Students who qualify for their school district’s free and reduced lunch program are eligible for the Book Loan program. The application for the book loan program is sent to students upon admission.
Upon admission into the program, you will be connected with an advisor who will work with you as an EWU Running Start student. S/he will meet with you through face-to-face advising each quarter as well as any time in between as needed. Not only will your advisor help you schedule classes that will meet your high school and university requirements, s/he will also offer advice and support with challenges and successes. Meetings will be conducted either face-to-face on EWU’s campus, by phone, or via Skype. Feel free to drop by any time we look forward to working with you!
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Yes. A student may choose to either enroll fulltime at EWU (up to 15 credits) or part-time, with the rest of the classes taken at the high school.
Yes. Your EWU grades are recorded on both your high school and permanent college transcript.
Each school district determines equivalencies for their students.
Running Start students work with their advisor to ensure that high school graduation requirements are met while earning college credit. A Running Start student can take elective courses as long as their high school requirements are met by their graduation date. Some EWU courses require that prerequisites have been met.
Yes. Students must meet their school district’s qualifications for a high school diploma.
No. The student simply needs to meet eligibility requirements.
No. You would still apply as a regular incoming freshman to be eligible for freshman financial aid and scholarships.
Yes. With the exception of NCAA sports, Running Start students may participate in activities on the university campus.