Running Start


Running Start is for all high school Juniors and Seniors. You have many educational options to choose from as a student in Washington State, why not Running Start? During these uncertain times, you can be sure that Bellevue College will offer a wide assortment of classes that will meet your high school graduation requirements.

About Bellevue College Running Start

Running Start is a dual credit program intended to provide students with the opportunity of attendance at certain institutions of higher education and the simultaneous earning of high school and college/university credits. Running Start was initiated by the Legislature as a component of the 1990 parent and student Learning by Choice Law.  This law allows students in grades 11 and 12 to take college courses at any of the Washington community and technical colleges.

Learn More About Running Start

Running Start Admissions

BC Running Start

New Running Start students start here. We have online prerecorded info session available for viewing.


Running Start Information Session Schedule

BC Running start info

The Running Start Information Sessions have been temporarily suspended. Watch our recorded information session here.

Session Schedule

Advising and Educational Planning

BC Academic Advising

Welcome to Bellevue College Running Start Online Advising Services. At this time, due to COVID-19 and social-distancing measures, we are only offering advising via phone calls or video meetings.

Advising and Educational Planning

Parents and Guardians

BC Parents

Connecting parents to the Running Start Program is a very important and key element in establishing a strong partnership with the student, high school, college and parent.


Running Start Forms

BC Running start forms

Fill out the forms to get started with Running Start at Bellevue College.

Bellevue College Forms

Running Start Resources

BC Running start resources

Offices and Housing remain open; most classes are moving online. Students should check their BC email and CANVAS for class-specific instructions. We want our students, staff, and faculty to remain healthy. More info about COVID-19 resources.


Current Students

BC Contact

Current Running Start students need to submit the new enrollment verification form for each quarter they are in the Running Start Program (Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters). The purpose of this form is to track the number of credits that you are taking between the high school and college you are attending.

Current Students

Frequently Asked Questions

BC Welcome center

How many quarters can I be in Running Start?

Eligible students can participate for a maximum of 6 quarters ( Fall, Winter, Spring quarters of the Junior and Senior years).

Can I attend Bellevue College (BC) full time or part time?

Yes, you can take all of your classes at Bellevue College, or some at Bellevue College and some at your High School.

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Last Updated March 19, 2021