Running Start Admission

Getting started at Centralia College is easy and free. Student seeking to participate in the Running Start program can follow these simple steps to apply and register.


Running Start is a state program for academically qualified juniors and senior high school students. You can enroll in courses to fulfill high school graduation requirements and earn college credit.

Step 1 - Apply for Centralia College

Applying for admission to Centralia College is as simple as visiting the Enrollment Services Office (second floor of the TransAlta Commons on the main campus or Centralia College East in Morton) or completing an online admission form. There is no cost to apply.

Step 2 - Apply for Running Start

Complete the Running Start application. Submit to the Advising/Counseling Center.

Step 3 - Submit Transcripts

Submit your official high school transcript to the Advising/Counseling Center.

Step 4 - Submit Placement

Submit Smarter Balanced test scores to the Advising/Counseling Center or take the college placement test. See College Placement Testing TipsIf you took the Smarter Balanced test, ELA scores of a ‘3’ or higher will be accepted

Step 5 - Meet with an Advisor

Schedule an appointment for advising by calling the Advising/Counseling Center at 360-623-8967 or Centralia College East (Morton) at 360-496-5022.

Step 6 - Attend an Orientation

The student and a parent or guardian must attend a mandatory Running Start Student and Parent Orientation. 

Date Time Location
Monday, March 2 7 p.m. Walton Science Center Room 121 (WSC 121) 
Thursday, March 19 - En Espanol 7 p.m. WSC 121 
Tuesday, April 7 7 p.m. WSC 121
Wednesday, April 22 7 p.m. WSC 121
Thursday, May 7 7 p.m. WSC 121
Monday, May 11 7 p.m. Centralia College East, Morton 
Monday, May 18 7 p.m.  WSC 121
Wednesday, June 3 7 p.m. WSC 121


Step 7 - Register

Register at the Enrollment Services Office with your registration form and the completed and signed Running Start Verification Form.

Contact Running Start 

Running Start
Advising/Counseling Center
TransAlta Commons, Second Floor