Is Running Start a Good Fit?

Academic Expectations

Class participation is an important and integral part of being a college student. Most instructors include this as part of your grade. Attendance is also a common percentage of your grade. Some instructors may fail you if you miss more then 4 classes. You should know how you are doing at all times, including grades on exams and assignments. It is your job to contact the instructor and discuss questions you may have. The grades you earn at Bellevue College will go on both your high school and college transcripts.

Students need to maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better each quarter. The first quarter the student drops below 2.0 they will be placed on probation. They will be expected to meet with a Running Start coordinator and asked to complete an Academic Success Plan. The second quarter, which does not need to be consecutive, the student earns below a 2.0 they become ineligible to continue with Running Start and must return to the high school.

Running Start Responsibilities

Each quarter you must submit a completed Enrollment Verification Form prior to your registration date. You need to meet your high graduation requirements. Read your BC email often! You are expected to know information and important deadlines sent to your Bellevue College email account. Pay all costs by the due date to avoid your classes being dropped.


Students are responsible for other costs including:

  • Tuition for each credit beyond that authorized on the Enrollment Verification Form.
  • Tuition for any below college level class (classes numbered under 100), such as Math 075-099.
  • Student and class fees. Textbooks.
  • Parking/transportation

Adult Learning Environment:

You and your family must carefully consider whether the Running Start Program at Bellevue College is appropriate for you. You may need to change some of your expectations about privileges and responsibilities at school. Bellevue College is an adult environment where students are expected to engage in the community in a positive manner.

Family Access to Student Records and Faculty

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. Records information will be disclosed to family members only if a written consent by the student is received in person at the Running Start office. Faculty will not discuss student progress with anyone except the student.


Bellevue College is an adult environment, and students have many different backgrounds and life experiences. Students must be open to classroom discussions covering contemporary issues. Topics are not censored.


Each quarter moves quickly! You are expected to successfully complete a year’s worth of high school material in one quarter. Most classes are 5 credits and generally 2-3 hours of homework is required for every credit. Online classes tend to be more time intensive and typically requires about three times the workload of a classroom setting. It is the student’s responsibility to know what grade they have for each class and stay on top of their coursework.

Last Updated October 4, 2013