In Washington, the two main dual credit programs for high school students to take college coursework for college credit are Running Start and College in the High School. Running Start allows academically qualified 11th- and 12th-graders to take college courses online or on the campus of the college offering the courses. College in the High School allows academically qualified students in grades 10-12 to enroll in college courses that are offered at their high school. These programs are offered by many Washington colleges and universities. The UW partners with more than 100 high schools in Washington through "UW in the High School."
Nationally, programs like Running Start and College in the High School may go under different names, such as dual credit, dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and early college.
Applicants with college credits earned through dual credit programs are evaluated for admission on the same basis as other freshman applicants.
- If you are applying for summer or autumn quarter after you graduate from high school, use the freshman application.
- Freshman Timelines & Deadlines: Apply by the freshman deadline of November 15, regardless of the number of college credits you have taken or will have taken. All materials to complete the application file must be submitted or postmarked by the deadline.
- If you are starting college after leaving high school, apply as a transfer student.
You may be considered for freshman scholarships as long as you do not enroll in another degree-seeking program after leaving high school and before enrolling at the UW. November 15 is the deadline for freshman admission.
Recommendations for Academic Planning
We encourage applicants—particularly those with a significant number of college credits—to begin their academic planning as early as possible to ensure that they make the most of their college credit.
- Keep in mind that you have established a college record. Grades you earn now could affect admission to the UW and to your intended major.
- Students admitted through a freshmen application are expected to declare a major by the time they have completed five academic quarters (not including summer quarters) and earned 105 credits. Thus, no matter how many credits you enter with — even if your credit total exceeds 105 credits — you will have five quarters at the UW before you need to declare a major, You may declare a major sooner if you are ready.
Two online tools will help you look ahead toward UW requirements—for your intended major and for graduation—while still completing coursework at the college you are now attending:
- For transferable courses at Washington State community colleges and transfer credit policies, get to know the Equivalency Guide.
- Consult the Academic Planning Worksheets, to help you prepare for your intended major and UW graduation requirements.
Transfer Credit Policy
The UW will grant full transfer credit for college credit earned through Running Start and College in the High School programs and recorded on an official college transcript. All UW restrictions on transfer credit apply.