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Getting Started at RCC


Apply for Admission

All new students must complete and submit an application for admission. To apply do one of the following:

  • Complete and submit the online application on the college website.
  • Complete the pdf application for admission on the college website and mail or fax to the admissions and records office on either campus.
  • Complete the application for admission in the admissions and records office on either campus.

Students who have not taken a credit class in a three year period must reapply for admission to RCC. An applicant who applies for admission but does not enroll in classes within one year (three consecutive terms) is required to reapply.

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Request Transcripts and Other Official Records

Request official transcripts from your high school and any previous colleges you have attended. If you received a GED you may provide us with a copy of your GED scores. Transcripts are required for students entering the Associate Degree in Nursing program or the Practical Nursing program.

At RCC, opportunities for obtaining college credits are available through Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES), Military Service, and the Police Academy. It is the student’s responsibility to have official records submitted to RCC for evaluation.

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Apply for Student Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for students who qualify. If you need additional financial resources to assist you with your college expenses, apply for financial aid online. Grants, scholarships, and on- campus part-time employment opportunities can facilitate your enrollment plans.

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Take the RCC Placement Test

New students are required to take the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) before beginning classes. The placement test will assess your ability in reading, writing, and math.   The VPT is a comprehensive, computer-adaptive test designed to help place students into appropriate courses needed to ensure student success.

The VPT has two parts, English and Mathematics.  The English part of the test consists of an essay and 30 multiple choice questions.  The essay is weighted more heavily, and it is important for students to do their best work.  The math part of the test consists of questions and multiple choice answers.  An online calculator is provided.  Because both parts of the test are important, students are encouraged to use the review materials and take the practice tests first to prepare and do as well as possible.

Allow approximately two to three hours for each part of the test. You are allowed and encouraged to take a break in-between tests to ensure that you do your best work. Students may contact the student development office or call 855-557-5308 to schedule an appointment for testing. There is a $5 fee to take the placement test.

Instructions, resources and links to practice tests can be found here.

Get answers to frequently asked questions.

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Meet with a College Counselor

Counselors are available to assist you with selecting a program of study and/or choosing classes. If you have taken courses at another college, a counselor will help you see how these courses may apply to a program at RCC.

The college has a wide variety of courses and degree programs which include programs that are designed to transfer and career programs. These are described in the College Catalog as well as information about college policies, college resources, course descriptions, etc.

To assist you in your transition to college, we have freshmen orientation and student development courses and services that are designed to help you with your educational, career and life planning. We offer a one-credit course called SDV 100 – College Success Skills, which is required for all degree and certificate seeking students.

These courses and workshops are designed to help you in making career and life planning decisions, refining study skills necessary for college success, assisting you with college transfer issues, and building student leadership skills.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the welcome center on either campus to determine what assistance and accommodations are available for you.

  • Glenns Campus Welcome Center (804) 758-6730 or (800) 836-9381
  • Warsaw Campus Welcome Center (804) 333-6732 or (800) 836-9379

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Select Classes and Make a Schedule

Meet with a college counselor who will assist you with course selection.

A current class schedule and college catalog is needed to plan your schedule. Class times and locations for both campuses are listed in the class schedule, which is available approximately two months before the beginning of each semester. If you did not receive a printed class schedule in the mail you may pick up a copy from either campus or use the class schedule on the web.

Computers are available for your use to check for class availability in the success labs on either campus. You can search for class availability online through myRCC from any computer with an Internet connection and an Internet browser.
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Register for Classes

Class times and locations are listed in the printed and online class schedule in the student information system. The class schedule includes instructions for registration. Check the current class schedule for dates and times of registration. Then use myRCC to register online. Always remember to REGISTER EARLY for the best selection of classes.

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Pay Tuition

Tuition payment is due by the deferred payment deadline or at the time of registration unless you have chosen to use the Nelnet Tuition Payment Plan. You may pay tuition by cash, money order, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Nelnet, or Financial Aid.

Tuition is required for credit courses, developmental courses, and courses being audited. Current tuition rates are printed in the class schedule and under the Business Office department on this website. Tuition deadlines are listed on the Payment Option and Due Dates webpage. Payment entitles you to use the library, bookstore, student lounge, and other facilities of the college.

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Tuition Receipt and Student Class Schedule

Students get a Web Payment Confirmation and a copy of registration schedule by using myRCC.

Students must go to the business office on either campus to get a receipt when registering in person on campus. The Business Offices CANNOT reprint a Web Payment Confirmation. Remember to check your receipt for any errors. Make sure you are registered for the proper courses on the correct days, times, and campus locations. You are responsible for making sure your registration is correct.

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Purchase Books

Textbooks can be purchased in the Follett Bookstore on either campus or online using Follett Bookstore Online.

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Get your RCC Student ID Card

All students should have a valid picture ID on their person when they are on campus.

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Last Updated:  7/17/13

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