Timelines, When should I....
As a general rule, earlier is better! By completing these steps early, you increase your chances of getting a good start to your college experience.
1. Apply to Rochester Community and Technical College
2. Apply for Financial Aid
3. Send final, official copies of high school and College Transcripts
4. Complete Testing & Registration
5. Get student ID card
6. Activate your Student e-mail account
7. Pay tuition
8. Buy Books
9. Make an Appointment
10. Get Involved!
We encourage you to apply for admission up to one full year prior
to the semester you plan to enroll at RCTC. Early applicants get first priority for testing and
Fall 2016 Application Deadline: August 8, 2016
Spring 2017 Application Deadline: TBD
There is no deadline to apply for the Summer Semester
Financial Aid is available to those students who qualify based on tax information from the previous year. As soon as you get your taxes done for the previous year, you should be applying for financial aid. You can apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or by going to the RCTC Financial Aid website at www.rctc.edu/financialaid.
Fall priority deadline: April 15
Spring priority deadline: October 15
Please send final, official copies of your high school transcript to RCTC. If you also have attended any other college please also send the official copies directly from your school to us for your educational records at RCTC.
All new students are required to complete an orientation session prior to enrolling in seven or more credits at RCTC. Students complete new student Assessment Testing to determine placement. Assessment testing or a testing exemption is required prior to attending an Orientation session. Advisors will be present at Orientation sessions to help you plan a schedule based on your educational goals. Students will be advised on courses, transfer programs, and other college services.
Orientation sessions for fall are offered April through August
Orientation sessions for spring are offered in December and January
Stop by the Goddard Library with a copy of your class schedule and driver's license to get your student ID card.
Stop by Technology Support to activate you student e-mail account. All official college communication is sent to your RCTC student e-mail.
Once you've registered for your classes you can take your schedule to the bookstore and buy your textbooks, lab equipment, and other supplies, you may also go online and order your books and other supplies. You should always have your books and supplies before classes begin.
Fall semester: Buy books in August
Spring semester: Buy books in December or January
Make an appointment with your academic advisor/counselor for your future semester planning. You can make an appointment by calling the Counseling and Advising Center at 507-285-7260.
Going to class is, well, the best way to ensure your own success in college. But class is only part of the college experience. Don’t bypass all of the other activities and opportunities you have to make your college years the best they can be! Be adventurous, get involved with Student Life!