Next Steps and Orientation Information

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 SPRING 2021  will need to complete the following steps:

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 admissions@rctc.edu.

2. PROVIDE PLACEMENT MATERIALS

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. Test scores are valid for 5 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.

2a. PSEO ADDITIONAL 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:

Email completed PSEO Policies and Procedures form to admissions@rctc.edu PRIOR to signing up for an Orientation Session. If the completed form is not submitted prior to the session, your session will be canceled.

3. REGISTER FOR AN ORIENTATION SESSION 

Students will be introduced to policies, procedures, and programs to maintain active enrollment at RCTC.  Please plan for a 90-minute session to go over the basics of our eServices platform, paying for college, and choosing your path. At the end of the session, you will be assisted to make your individual registration session appointment with your Pathway Advisor.

Sign up for Orientation at www.rctc.edu/orientation. Spring 2021 sessions will be held from November 2, 2020 – January 7, 2021 via zoom web platform unless otherwise noted.

4.  REVIEW THE ORIENTATION GUIDE PRIOR TO YOUR ORIENTATION SESSION

New students can either download this guide or request a mailed copy by emailing admissions@rctc.edu.  This guide includes valuable information on Student Services, Financial Aid, Cashier’s Office, and other relevant services for student success.

 

5. ACTIVATE YOUR RCTC STUDENT EMAIL

RCTC-issued email addresses are used for OFFICIAL correspondence.  Please visit the Technology/Email page at https://www.rctc.edu/services/technology/email/ to set up your account.

6. TAKE THE D2L BRIGHTSPACE ONLINE TUTORIAL

Self Register for the D2L BrightSpace tutorial, a free online class that will prepare you for taking classes, online or in-person at RCTC.

From the D2L BrightSpace homepage, select the RESOURCES dropdown list and choose the Self Registration link.  You will be directed to D2L training resources.

D2L Tutorial Self Registration