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Getting Started at RCC

Learning more about RCC is the first step to becoming a student. Between this website and the College Catalog and Student Handbook, you will find everything you need to know as a student. We offer many different types of classes here; online, interactive video, hybrid, and traditional, find out about each format and how to determine the right courses that play to your strengths as a learner. Please call us if you need any assistance getting started.

Program specific information:


How to pay for college

  • Nelnet is a Tuition Payment Plan that spreads out your tuition payments with an automatic payment plan.
  • Financial Aid TV will answer everything you want to know about financial aid.
  • Online payments can be made via QuikPAY®
  • The net price calculator can assist you in determining the cost of attending college. 
  • The  Virginia Education Wizard website can help with everything from financial aid to advising and more!


RCC resources:

RCC is a great place to further your education, start a new career, or just get a fresh start. To get started in the right direction apply and register for classes. See you on-campus soon!

If you have questions about the admissions process, check out the Admissions Frequently Asked Questions.

Applying is an easy process that consists of roughly 4 steps!

1. Apply for Admission into the College

To apply do one of the following:

  • Complete and submit the online application on the college website.
  • Print a copy of the Application for Admission from 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.

Returning students who have not been enrolled in a credit class at RCC for a period of three (3) years or applicants who applied for admission but did not take a credit class for a one year (3 consecutive terms) period are required to submit a new application.

 

2. Request official transcripts from your high school and any previous colleges attended

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.

 

3. Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid and Scholarships are available for students who qualify. If you need additional financial resources to assist you with your college expenses, apply for financial aid online. You can also fill out a scholarship application online, then print it and turn it in by the deadline. Grants, scholarships, and on- campus part-time employment opportunities can facilitate your enrollment plans

 

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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You may not have to take this test if you have:

  • Completed a college-level English or math course (with a grade of C or above) at another college which meets the minimum course prerequisites.
  • Taken the SAT with a score that meets the minimum course prerequisite.
  • Taken the ACT with a score that meets the minimum course prerequisite.
  • Taken the placement tests at another Virginia Community College with scores that meet the minimum course prerequisites.

An official transcript, SAT scores or ACT scores must be on file in the admissions and records office.

The next step in becoming a successful RCC student is to set up an appointment to meet with one of the Counselors or Student Services Specialists. They will go over the path you wish to take, whether it's to transfer to a 4-year school or get a certificate to further your career, they are here to help and answer any questions you may have.

A current class schedule and the college catalog is needed to plan your schedule. The online class schedule is available approximately two months before the beginning of each semester and the printed schedule shortly thereafter. Class meeting times, locations, and instructors are listed in both the online and printed class schedule as well as the class type (online, traditional, IV, hybrid).

After meeting with a counselor eligible students can use myRCC to access the online Student Information System (SIS) to register online.

Glenns Campus

Warsaw Campus

  • Warsaw Welcome Desk (for appointments)
    phone: 804-333-6730
  • David Keel, Counselor
    phone: 804-333-6732 or email: dkeel@rappahannock.edu
  • Nic’ole Turner, Student Services Specialist
    phone: 804-333-6733 or e-mail: nturner@rappahannock.edu

It is very important that as a new student you pay your tuition on time so that you will be able to attend all of your classes and become a successful first year student at RCC. You can use the VA Wizard to calculate your tuition cost.

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.  Instructions on how to pay tuition and fees  using the online SIS can be found on the admissions section of this website .

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. Payment entitles you to use the library, bookstore, student lounge, and other facilities of the college.

Prior to making payment be sure to print and check your class schedule to ensure you are registered for the correct courses on the days, times, and campus locations that meet your needs. You are responsible for making sure your registration is correct.

Students receive a web payment confirmation immediately following successful online payment and are encouraged to print the confirmation page. The Business Office CANNOT reprint a Web Payment Confirmation.

Students will receive a receipt from the Business Office when making payment in person on campus. It is very important to check the receipt for  errors.

Another important step to remember is to purchase textbooks. Textbooks can be purchased in the Follett Bookstore on either campus or online using Follett Bookstore Online.  You will be required to have a copy of your class schedule with you when visiting the bookstore on campus.

After you have completed all of the previous steps, the next big event is to attend the New Student Welcome Sessions. Each semester new students are encouraged to attend the New Student Welcome Session. Sessions are held on both campuses.

Students will be able to:

  • learn how to be a successful student
  • take a tour of the campus
  • learn about different programs that RCC offers
  • meet faculty
  • learn about technology and academic support services
  • sign up for student activities
  • attend a picnic hosted by RCC Faculty and Staff


For questions about the New Student Welcome sessions, please contact the Student Development Office.
Glenns Campus-(804)758-6730
Warsaw Campus-(804)333-6730

Distance Learning Orientation for first-time online students is held each semester on each campus prior to the first day of the semester. For more information please visit the Distance Learning Orientation site.

During the orientation sessions, make sure to:

  • learn to use blackboard, gmail, and myRCC
  • get your Student ID card in the Student Success Labs
  • purchase your books (make sure you have your course schedule and photo ID before entering the bookstore)
  • get your parking decal


After attending the orientation sessions, make sure you are prepared for the first day of class.  Please review your class schedule to find course information.

For questions about the Distance Learning Orientation sessions, please contact Kristy Walker at 804-333-6786 or kwalker@rappahannock.edu.

For dates and times for the New Student Welcome Sessions and the Distance Learning Orientation check the online calendar on the class schedule webpage for the semester in which you will begin classes.

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