Adult Learners

Congratulations on making the decision to go back to school!  We know it can be exciting and overwhelming all at once.  We’re here to help.

Steps to Enrollment

  1. Apply to RCTC.  The application for admission is FREE.  If you are looking to obtain a diploma, certificate, or degree, the application for admission must be completed.  If you are looking to just take a course without earning a degree, you can enroll as a visiting student.
  2. Request Official Transcripts to be sent to RCTC.  New students will need to provide high school transcripts or an equivalent, such as a GED.  Transfer students will need to request official college transcripts from all schools attended, even if you withdrew.  If you previously attended one or more institutions within the Minnesota State Colleges & University system (not including the University of Minnesota), we can retrieve your official transcripts at no cost once your application has been submitted.  Adult learners also have many life and career experiences which may contribute to their educational goals. Students may be eligible for Credit for Prior Learning.
  3. Apply for Financial Aid. Students seeking a diploma, certificate, or degree could be eligible for state and federal financial aid including grants and loans.  However, you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.  Make sure to send your FAFSA to RCTC by entering our school code, 002373.  If you have already received a bachelor’s degree, your aid eligibility will be diminished.
  4. Complete Assessment Testing. New students to RCTC who have no college credit must complete the Accuplacer assessment test prior to registering.  The Accuplacer test is FREE to students and measures their current abilities in reading, math, and English.  This helps RCTC place students in the proper coursework so that you can be successful.  Testing exemptions, as well as study guides and websites, are listed on the Assessment page.
  5. Complete Orientation and Registration. Once students have completed assessment testing (or declared exempt), they can attend a new student Orientation and Registration session.  This session is required of all new students.  Orientation will introduce you to RCTC policies, procedures, and software used to manage your enrollment and coursework.  You’ll also register for classes, receive your student ID card, and learn about student services.  Students who have never attended college must attend an in-person Orientation and Registration session.  Transfer students who do not need Accuplacer testing may qualify for online Orientation.  Please contact the Welcome and One Stop Center at 507-285-7557.

There are many other resources that you can utilize as you make the transition back into school  Please reach out to these resources as you need.

Advising and Counseling offers academic and career advising, as well as connecting students with community resources.  Students can make appointments with their advisor or counselor at https://advisortrac.rctc.edu.  Advising and Counseling also hosts Olmsted County Family Support staff to assist with food, medical, and emergency assistance as well as county referrals.  Stop in Advising and Counseling to make an appointment or call 507-285-7260.

Did you know Minnesota offers Childcare Assistance Grants?  Please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 507-285-7271 for more information.  You can also visit the Financial Aid website for other financial resources to pay for college.

Student Health Services can provide simple tests if you’re not feeling well, referrals to local physicians, and mental health resources to current enrolled students. Schedule an appointment with Health Services.

Student Life provides opportunities to get involved on campus, but did you know they also have a food pantry?  The HIVE Supply is a great resource for our students.

Need a place to study or receive tutoring?  The Library provides a quiet space and plenty of research materials, as well as computer access for students.  The Learning Center allows students to receive FREE tutoring in various subjects.

Need more assistance or have a question that can’t be answered here? Contact the Welcome and One Stop Center at 507-285-7557 or stop in their office- located just inside the Main Campus entrance.