Serving Local High School Seniors

Running Start

First two years FREE!

Cabrillo Supports Local Students

Running Start is a Cabrillo program designed to help high school seniors in Santa Cruz County successfully transition to college and build a path forward. 

Who can participate? 

Any high school senior living in the Cabrillo College district service area.  

  • All students are accepted to Cabrillo
  • No minimum GPA requirement
  • No admissions tests
What's my first step?
  1. Apply to Cabrillo College
  2. Within 72 hours you'll receive your Cabrillo student ID# via email from
Next, log into MyCabrillo student portal
  • Need help logging into MyCabrillo student portal?
  • Visit the Welcome Center Virtual Lobby
    • retrieve your Cabrillo student ID# 
    • log into the MyCabrillo student portal
Get Help
April 21, 3:30-6pm

Have questions, not sure where to start? Cabrillo's Academic Counselors and staff can help make a plan that's right for you. Get help with:

  1. Application to Cabrillo
  2. Completing Placement and Orientation eForms
  3. Add a CG51 to timeline in Student Planning
What's up before registration?
Connect to your Path & Plan your Classes
Open House Week: April 26-28
Explore Career & Academic Pathways
All sessions open to all students

Want to learn how to turn your passion into a career? JOIN US! Learn about Cabrillo’s Pathways from current students. Create a path that’s right for you. 

Monday, April 26

  • STEM @ 1:30
  • Health & Public Service @ 3pm

Tuesday, April 27

  • Global & Human Studies @ 1:30
  • Entrepreneurship & Business @ 3pm

Wednesday, April 28

  • Creative Arts & Design @ 1:30
  • Still Exploring? This session is for you! @ 3pm 

What can I do on my own?

  • Select summer or fall 2021
  • Select that you are a NEW to college student
  • Once your application is processed, you'll receive your student ID# via email. 

ProTip: Get Stuck? Get help through zoom at our Welcome Center Lobby or Drop-in Academic Advising or at a webinar scheduled through your high school

Then you'll move to these next tasks:
  1. Complete Placement for math and English
  2. Complete Orientation Activities
  3. Plan your classes

You can complete all the activities on you own online, available 24/7.

Mark Your Calendar

Running Start Key Dates

  • October - April 9, 2021
    Earn an Earlier Registration Date

    All students have the opportunity to earn an earlier registration date by completing these activities:

    ProTip: your registration will not be blocked if these activities are not completed; you will be assigned a later registration date.

  • April 9, 2021
    Due Date: complete activities to earn an earlier registration date.

    Complete placement, submit the orientation eForm, and plan some classes by this date to earn an earlier registration date.

    Miss this date? Not a problem! You will not be blocked from registering. Keep going - your registration date will be in mid-May as a NEW student. Registration is open all summer.

  • April 19, 2021
    Fall 2021 Schedule of Classes Posted

    Create your schedule and be ready to register when your registration opens

  • April 19, 2021
    Registration Dates Calculated and Posted

    Check My Registration Date to see your calculated registration date and ranking. If you think your registration date is wrong, let us know. Submit this eForm to appeal.

  • April 30, 2021
    DEADLINE: to appeal your calculated registration date

    If you think your registration date is wrong, let us know. Submit this eForm to appeal.

  • May 19, 2021
    Registration Opens for Santa Cruz County High School Seniors

    Cabrillo-bound High School Seniors living in Santa Cruz County who had completed placement, submitted the orientation eForm, and planned some courses by April 9. 

    Check My Registration Date to see the time your registration will open.

    If this isn't your date - its OK! You'll register next week as a NEW student. Registration is open all summer. 

Why Start @ Cabrillo?

Cabrillo Serves You

Free to Apply|Free Tuition

A triple promise to eliminate financial barriers to college, high school completion not required:

Complete High School Requirements|Start Your College Degree

No need to wait. You're ready for college. Unlock your potential. We can help you recover credits for high school graduation while you start your college degree. 

Watch this space! 

More specific information coming soon!

Jump Start Your Career

Cabrillo offers award-winning Career Technical Education (CTE) programs that include Associates degrees and certificates designed to get you workforce ready in as short as six (6) months. Graduates from a CTE program earn an average of 71% more in their field than those without training from Cabrillo.

Prepare to Transfer

 Cabrillo offers dozens of programs with guaranteed transfer to 4-year colleges and universities. We are ranked is ranked #1 in transfers to UCSC; hundreds of Cabrillo students transfer to top-ranking universities each year. Studies show that students who start at Cabrillo then transfer to a four-year school earn higher grade-point averages than those who enter university straight from high school. 

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