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Who Is Eligible for Running Start?

To be admitted to Pierce College's Running Start Program, a student must:

  • Be a junior or senior.
  • Turn 16 by the start of the first quarter of enrollment and under the age of 21.
  • Students under 16 years of age can participate in Running Start if they have junior or senior high school status. See a Running Start advisor for more information.
  • Through the placement assessment, students must place into English 101 to qualify to take college-level courses. To take classes requiring college-level math placement, students must place into college-level math AND reading 101.

Need to Study for the Placement Exam?

Need to brush up on pre-algebra, algebra or college algebra? Want unlimited Practice for FREE? Go to and click on the tab labeled "Placement Review" on the top right side of the blue navigation bar.

Once you are on the WAMAP Placement Review page:

  • Log in if you already have a WAMAP account
  • If you are new to WAMAP, click "Create an account and Enroll"

Students attending private schools must be evaluated as juniors and seniors by a public high school official and enroll at that school. It is not mandatory that students are attending classes at the public high school. It is possible to have dual enrollment at both a private and public high school for access to the Running Start program.

Home-schooled students must file an Intent to Home School and be determined to be at junior or senior status by their local school district. For further information, please contact the appropriate school district.

For important registration deadlines, see the Academic Calendar Page: