Running Start

The Running Start Program is a partnership between Yakima Valley College (YVC)  and Washington State public high schools. The program offers eligible high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to enroll in regular college classes and  receive both high school and college credit for those classes.

Earn high school and college credit

The Running Start program is available fall, winter and spring quarters. You may enroll simultaneously in high school and college classes, or solely in college classes.  You may enroll full-time or part-time.

Running Start students do not pay college tuition for 15 or fewer college level credits each quarter – tuition costs are dependent on the number of high school classes the student is taking. Students are responsible for paying mandatory student fees. Students also pay for textbooks and transportation.

Running Start Program Information

Learn more about Running Start including program benefits, information nights, application deadlines and more by visiting our student information page.

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Placement Test Options for Running Start

During this time of limited services at YVC, we remain committed to helping students interested in Running Start apply, test, and get eligible for the program. We will be removing deadlines temporarily to ensure students have adequate opportunity to apply. Please email us at any time with questions: runningstart@yvcc.edu.

If you feel you do not have to take a placement test based on your GPA, SBAC scores and/or math class completed, please email your Running Start application, high school transcript (or other proof of GPA/math class), and/or Smarter Balanced scores to runningstart@yvcc.edu. We will need validation of both English 101 and Math 085 or higher placements. We will get back to you with your next steps.

If you need to test for math and/or English placement, we have two options for you.

Running Start applicants test at home option

To test for math, this option requires a webcam, reliable internet access, and a $20 fee to the proctoring service, Examity.

  1. Email the following to runningstart@yvcc.edu:
    1. Completed Running Start application (available at yvcc.edu/runningstart)
    2. Unofficial copy of high school transcript. Try emailing your HS counselor first. If you are unable to get a transcript, please send a screen shot of your Skyward (or other system) records. We are looking for your overall high school GPA and any math courses you’ve taken. Also send any high school level Smarter Balanced scores you have.
    3. Make sure to include the STUDENT’S email address on the application. Do not use your school or parent email.
  2. You will receive an email with instructions on how to test from home.

Running Start applicants on-campus testing

Available by appointment only, limited availability, Yakima or Grandview

  • Please wash your hands before testing check-in. You will be seated at least six feet from other students.
  • Bring:
    • Completed Running Start application (available at yvcc.edu/runningstart)
    • Unofficial copy of high school transcript. Try emailing your high school counselor for a copy. If you are unable to get a transcript, print a screen shot of your Skyward (or other system) records. We are looking for your overall high school GPA and any math courses you’ve taken. Also bring any high school level Smarter Balanced scores you have.
    • Photo ID
    • $20 payment for YVC Cashier
  • Sign Up for a testing appointment.