Rock Valley College
Running Start students chat in the Student Center Atrium.

Running Start

Running Start is a program that allows select, qualified, academically motivated students enrolled in Illinois District 511 public high schools an opportunity to earn both their high school diploma and associate degree concurrently by attending Rock Valley College full-time during their junior and/or senior years of high school!

Male Running Start Student in the Student Center Atrium

About Running Start

Running Start provides an opportunity for students to work in a more challenging educational environment and to excel academically while completing high school and college requirements.

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Admission & Timeline

To qualify, you must be enrolled in a participating district. Additionally, you must meet the following Pre-Selection criteria. Note: these may vary by district.

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Accepted Students

If you have officially been accepted to the program, you will receive an acceptance packet in the mail from RVC- Early College.

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Participating Schools

All high school students taking college courses are considered dually enrolled, meaning enrolled in high school and at RVC.