RCTC is committed to serving the needs of our students. We believe an orientation session is a fundamental building block to your success. New students enrolling in summer or fall 2020 will need to follow the below steps to complete the virtual orientation. Following completion of these items, you will be directed to sign up for a Registration & Advising session, where you will be assigned a 30-minute phone or zoom appointment with your Academic Advisor. To get started,
1. 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.
2. VIEW THE ORIENTATION VIDEO
3. TAKE THE ONLINE LEARNING SELF ASSESSMENT
As part of your orientation to Rochester Community and Technical College, we ask that you pause and self-reflect on the questions related to online (distance) learning. Please answer honestly–there is no scoring kept and no grade assigned, but rather to introduce you to the expectations within online coursework.
4. VIEW THE REGISTRATION LAB PRESENTATION
New students are required to view the registration lab presentation prior to signing up for an advising session. Students are ultimately responsible, both financially and academically, for maintaining their enrollment at RCTC. This presentation introduces students to our eServices portal, uAchieve DARS portal (degree audit report), and Desire 2 Learn (D2L) software. Returning students MUST watch this video as many changes to these portals and software has occurred.
4a. PSEO STUDENT MATERIALS
If you are a new Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) student, there are two documents that must be read and completed prior to your advising session with the PSEO Advisor. Please click on the below links to access the files:
PSEO POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FORM
Email completed PSEO Policies and Procedures form to email@example.com PRIOR to signing up for a PSEO Registration Session. If completed form is not submitted prior to registration session, your session will be cancelled.
5. REVIEW THE ORIENTATION GUIDE
New students can either download this guide or request a mailed copy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This guide includes valuable information on Student Services, Financial Aid, Cashier’s Office, and other relevant services for student success.
6. SIGN UP FOR A REGISTRATION AND ADVISING SESSION
New students are required to sign up for a registration session following completion of Orientation steps 1-5. By signing up for a session, you will be assigned a 30-minute advising appointment within the 3-hour session window. Students will either meet with their Academic Advisor via zoom or telephone.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS SEEKING AN F-1 VISA ARE NOT ABLE TO SIGN UP FOR AN ADVISING SESSION UNTIL YOUR VISA HAS BEEN APPROVED BY A UNITED STATES EMBASSY. WE MUST HAVE A COPY OF YOUR VISA ON FILE AT RCTC.
Registration sessions are set up by student type. New students and sudents who are transferring in to RCTC need to select NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION. PSEO students should select the PSEO Student Registration.
If you do not see a session date that works for you, please continue to check back as we will add future dates soon.