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How to Get Started in the Running Start Program

Contact Us
Running Start
Marcy Gilchrist
Running Start Coordinator

Toll Free 1.866.900.2311
Fax 360.442.2479
Student Center, second floor, next to student computers
see Campus Map
M-F 8 am - 5 pm

It's not too late!

For students planning to start classes Fall quarter 2014.

The last day to apply for Fall quarter is August 11th. You must have completed steps 1-4 below by this date.


  1. Apply for Admission to Lower Columbia College.
  2. Take the Placement Test in reading, writing, and math (un-timed, multiple-choice tests given on a computer).
    • Cost: $30
    • No appointment necessary. Hours: M-Th 8 am - 5 pm, last test issued at 3 pm.
    • Location: Lower Columbia College Admissions Center Room 154 (Admissions Testing).
    • Bring picture ID (driver's license, permit or ID, passport or ASB card).
    • Tell staff you are testing for Running Start.
  3. When you've passed, you will get an application packet from the testing office. Read and follow the instructions.
  4. Turn in your Running Start application to the Student Activities Office, located downstairs in the Student Center.