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?
- Apply to Cabrillo College
- Within 72 hours you'll receive your Cabrillo student ID# via email from email@example.com
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
Connect to your Path & Plan your Classes
Learn how to build your class schedule
- Wed. April 28, 3:30-5:30pm
- Wed. May 5, 3:30-5:30pm
- Wed. May 12, 3:30-5:30pm
- Sat. May 15, 10-am-12pm
- Mon. May 17, 3:30-5:30pm
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?
Running Start Key Dates
- October - April 9, 2021Earn 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, 2021Due 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, 2021Fall 2021 Schedule of Classes Posted
Create your schedule and be ready to register when your registration opens
- April 30, 2021DEADLINE: to appeal your calculated registration date
If you think your registration date is wrong, let us know. Submit this eForm to appeal.
- May 19, 2021Registration 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.
Cabrillo Serves You
Free to Apply|Free Tuition
A triple promise to eliminate financial barriers to college, high school completion not required:
- Zero applications fees.
- The Cabrillo College Promise program provides the first two (2) years of tuition for FREE to any high school senior from the Cabrillo College District services area.
- The California College Promise Grant waives the unit enrollment fee at Community Colleges for all eligible California residents.
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.