Am I Eligible?

Important Considerations

We want to make sure that Running Start is the right fit for you. Taking college classes as a high school student can be an incredible opportunity, but it's important to note that as a Running Start student, you'll be treated just like any other college student. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Students need to adjust to a more fast-paced and independent style of learning.
  • Some students who are academically ready may still find the independence and speed of college classes overwhelming and may benefit from remaining at the high school.
  • Students are responsible for attending and participating in their classes, and seeking assistance when needed.
  • Enrollment into specific college courses cannot be guaranteed - even if the courses are needed to fulfill high school graduation requirements.
  • Admittance to the Running Start program does not guarantee enrollment in courses required for degree completion. Students must meet prerequisite requirements for each course they plan to take.
  • Transportation is the responsibility of the student.
  • CBC operates on a quarter system, so some high school holidays, vacation periods and weather closures will differ. Running Start students are expected to attend classes at CBC even if their high school is not in session.

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Student Qualifications

  • To be admitted into the Running Start program, students can take CBC's online Directed Self-Placement or provide:
    • Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) scores
    • Official college transcripts
    • Official AP scores
    • Unofficial high school transcripts (math only)
    • Unofficial SAT/ACT scores (math only).
  • Students must test or place into college-level reading, English or math to qualify.
  • Students can visit the Assessment Center page for more information.


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