Getting Started

Running Start

Getting Started

Running Start

Getting Started

Running Start

Campus/Center Contact Info

Mount Vernon Campus

Whidbey Island Campus

San Juan Center

Running Start at Skagit Valley College

Review the Running Start Steps Below, or Download the PDF Version

Running Start Checklist


Apply for Admission

Submit an SVC Admissions Application online through the Washington State Community & Technical College Web Admissions Center. Be sure to provide a valid, personal email address (not your school email), and select Skagit Valley College before hitting the submit button. Please note that applications will take up to 10 business days to process.

Application Portal & Supplement

Once your admissions application has been processed, you will receive an email to the email account you entered on your application. This email will invite you to sign into the SVC application portal and complete your SVC Application Supplement. This questionnaire will help us learn more about your goals. If you cannot find your email, please check your junk/spam inbox or call us to ensure we have the proper email address on file.

When asked "What goal do you want to accomplish at Skagit Valley College?" you must choose "Enroll in Running Start." You will have the opportunity later in the supplement to designate if you are also seeking a degree. Once you complete the application supplement, you will be able to log back into the SVC Supplement Application Portal to view your progress in the enrollment process and learn about your next steps.


Establish Placement

In order to determine the best classes for you, your reading, and mathematics skills will be assessed. There are multiple methods for establishing course placement at SVC.
Determine your class placement:


Complete the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form

Running Start Students must connect with their high school counselor or district contact each quarter to complete the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form and determine the number of credits they are eligible for. High school counselors should provide students with a list of remaining high school graduation requirements in the “comments” section. The Running Start Enrollment Verification Form must be signed by a high school contact, a parent/guardian, the student, and an SVC representative. This form must be completed and signed every quarter in order for the Running Start students to register for classes at SVC.

Download Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (digital signature)

Download Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (non-digital signature)


Advising & Registration

Once course placement is determined, new students can register for a Cardinal Take-Off New Student Group Advising session. Students will receive an email invitation to sign-up for an SVC Take-Off session. During the session, students will learn more about Skagit Valley College and register for classes. It is important to complete the earlier steps in order to receive the email to attend Cardinal take-off new student group advising session. If students haven't completed the online orientation and established placement, they will not receive the email. Proved the completed and signed Running Start Enrollment Verification Form during the Cardinal Take-off Advising Session. Students will not be permitted to register for classes without this form.

Please note that the registration appointment is NOT the advising appointment. Students must sign up for and attend an SVC Take-Off Group Advising before they may register for classes.


Create Your MySVC Account

After you complete the application supplement, an SVC student email account will be created for you. Please note that it can take up to 1 hour after submitting your application supplement for your SVC account to process. If you cannot set up your account right away, please try again a few hours later. You will not have an SVC account created until you complete the application supplement.

You will receive an email with your Student ID number (SID) and your PIN number to set up your account.


Complete Cardinal Pre-Flight Orientation

All new students will be required to complete the Cardinal Pre-Flight Online Orientation. Once your MySVC account is set up, you will have access to this self-paced orientation to programs, resources, opportunities and next steps at SVC. Please note that it can take up to 1 hour from the time you set up your SVC account until you have access to Cardinal Pre-flight Online Orientation , so if you cannot access it right away please try again a few hours later.

The Cardinal Pre-Flight Online Orientation is hosted on the SVC Canvas site. It will take approximately 1 hour to complete and can be accessed from any computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access.

Use your username and password to your MySVC account. If you are accessing the online orientation from your phone, you may consider downloading the Canvas app.

Office Hours

Mount Vernon Campus
Mon – Thu: 8am – 5:30pm
Fri: 8am – Noon



Whidbey Island Campus
Mon – Wed: 8am – 5pm
Thur: 8am – 6:30pm
Fri: 8am – Noon


South Whidbey Center
Mon and Wed: 2:30pm – 5:45pm
Tuey: 11:30am – 6:30pm
Thu: 11:30am – 5:45pm
Fri: Closed



San Juan Center
Mon – Thu: 8:30am – 5pm
Fri: Closed


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