Here are the steps you should follow to complete your enrollment at Rochester Community and Technical College. Remember, there are application and enrollment deadlines, so earlier is better!
- Apply to Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC)
- Activate your Star ID
- Complete Thrive in the Hive (Orientation)
- Provide Course Placement and Eligibility Materials
- Register for Classes
- Apply for Financial Aid
- Activate your Student email account
- Get a Student ID Card
- Pay tuition
- Buy Books
- 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 registration. There is NO application fee at RCTC!
NOTE: International Student Application deadlines are different than the deadlines stated above. Please refer to the International Student application page for more specific information.
The StarID is a username with the goal of replacing your many login IDs with one ID, one password, everywhere. Once you activate it, you can use your StarID and password anywhere that accepts StarID. It is unique across the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, so you can use it at more than one school.
If you have problems activating or updating your StarID, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All new, degree-seeking students for Spring 2024 must complete the new student Orientation course through D2L (Desire 2 Learn/Brightspace) called Thrive in the Hive. Admitted students are automatically enrolled in the course. Steps 1-4 must be completed prior to receiving an advising/registration appointment. PSEO students for Spring 2024 will be required to complete the PSEO Thrive in the Hive.
Spring 2024 Thrive in the Hive will open in late October 2023.
Students who need assistance with Thrive in the Hive can attend one of the below open labs at RCTC’s campus. Make sure to bring your star ID and password, as well as a photo ID. All open labs will be held in the Welcome and One Stop Center.
THRIVE IN THE HIVE LABS: to be determined in late October.
All new students need to be placed in the proper English, Reading, or Math courses.
Students can have their test scores and high school GPA considered for college placement, what we call “Multiple Measures for Course Placement.” These items can be mailed OR emailed to email@example.com.
- Send test scores:
- Students can verify test scores (ACT, SAT, MCA, or ALEKS) pulled out of their portal (unofficial test scores) with a College Transitions Advisor or high school Counselor and send to RCTC. Official ACT or SAT copies are also accepted when a student requests them from ACT or College Board. ACT, SAT, and MCA test scores are valid for 5 years. ALEKS test scores are valid for 2 years.
- Provide your unweighted GPA:
- Send a high school transcript with your unweighted GPA to RCTC for placement. High school GPA is valid for 10 years.
- If you intend to participate in RCTC athletics, you will need to send an official, final high school transcript for eligibility purposes. This transcript can also be used for placement.
Students who have attended any college or university (even if they withdrew), completed college-level English, or would like other courses to be evaluated for credit will need to submit official college transcripts prior to placement.
Following completion of steps #3 and #4 above, students will be directed to schedule a registration appointment with their Academic Advisor. This information will come to the student’s personal e-mail address.
Federal and State Financial Aid is available to students who qualify based on past tax information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can apply online at www.studentaid.gov or visit the RCTC Financial Aid website at www.rctc.edu/financialaid.
Stop by Technology Support to activate your student email account. All official college communication is sent to your RCTC student email.
Stop by the Welcome and One Stop Center between 10am and 2pm Monday through Friday with a copy of your class schedule and a government-issued ID to get your student ID card.
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.
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!