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Running Start


Running Start during COVID-19

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Our current estimated response time is two business days

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Running Start provides academically motivated students an opportunity to take college courses as part of their high school education. Students may take just one class per quarter, or take all of their courses on the Clark College campus, earning both high school and college credit for all completed courses.

Students in the program attend regular day or evening college classes. Running Start students are accepted as a regular college student by Clark College instructors, and are expected to complete the same coursework requirements as their college classmates.

Request Information


Enrollment Services office on main campus
Gaiser Hall Room 128

Information Request Form

Why Running Start

The Running Start program allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college credits while completing their high school education—saving students money while advancing their education. Students are able to attend college, at minimal cost, while still living at home as a high school student.

Students are able to select courses that challenge them academically and provide real-world applications. Many students earn their associate’s degree and leave prepared to start a career or transfer to a four-year institution to pursue their bachelor’s degree.

Get Started

Apply to Clark College

Before you can qualify for the Running Start program, you will need to apply to Clark College.

Continuing Students

Fill out the Student Update Form if you are....

  • a  graduating senior who wishes to continue taking classes at Clark after you graduate
  • a current Running Start student who plans to take a class in summer term

Virtual Running Start Information Sessions

To best assist high school juniors and seniors during the COVID-19 outbreak, we now offer Virtual Running Start Information Sessions. During these weekly sessions, students can receive information on the Running Start program, and Fall 2020 enrollment steps, placement and advising. It's a great place for incoming students to ask questions. No registration required. This event is specifically for students who plan to attend Clark during the 2020-2021 school year.

Thursday, August 20 at 10:00 a.m.
Join now!  Meeting ID: 996 3357 6176

Thursday, August 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Join now!  Meeting ID: 989 4285 6217

Thursday, September 3 at 10:00 a.m.
Join now!  Meeting ID: 961 9778 0852

Thursday, September 10 at 5:30 p.m.
Join now!  Meeting ID: 940 7526 4042

Thursday, September 17 at 10:00 a.m.
Join now!  Meeting ID: 916 0176 0914

Thursday, September 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Join now!  Meeting ID: 971 8485 5864

At this meeting:

  • Clark College representatives will provide a brief overview of the Running Start program.
  • The enrollment and placement requirements will be discussed.
  • Timelines for Fall Term 2020 entry will be reviewed.
  • There will be a Q & A portion at the end of the meeting.

Questions about this meeting?


Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Clark College has moved to remote services and moved all Fall 2020 classes online. You can view campus-wide updates on the virus on our COVID-19 Information page.