New RCTC students must complete the below steps prior to receiving an advising appointment. Please read through the steps carefully.
SPRING 2024 STUDENTS: information will be emailed to you in October 2023 when the course has opened.
COMPLETE THRIVE IN THE HIVE D2L ORIENTATION
All new students for 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, 2, 3, and 4 must be completed prior to placement testing (if applicable) AND receiving an advising/registration appointment.
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 OPEN LABS: Spring 2024 open labs to be determined in October 2023.
ACTIVATE YOUR STAR ID AND PASSWORD
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.
PROVIDE COURSE PLACEMENT MATERIALS
ALL New students need to be evaluated for course placements prior to registering for classes. Students can submit one or more of the following for placement consideration:
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 good for 2 years.
High School Transcript: Students will need to send a high school transcript to RCTC for placement evaluation. PSEO students do NOT need to submit a duplicate high school transcript.
College Transcript: Students who have completed college-level English and/or Math must have official transcripts sent to RCTC for evaluation.
Previous Accuplacer Scores: Students who completed the English Accuplacer within 5 years or the Math Accuplacer within 2 years can forward a copy of those scores to the Records and Registration office.
ONCE YOU HAVE REGISTERED FOR CLASSES, PLEASE ACTIVATE YOUR RCTC STUDENT EMAIL