Getting Started As a First-Time College Student 

Become a Student

As a new RCC Tiger, the following information will guide you through the steps of getting started at RCC. To determine your academic program of study, visit the Career Survey website or our Academic Pathways to learn more about the programs and courses we offer. 

Complete the Online Application and the Student Financial Aid Application (FAFSA) or DREAM Act Application even if you don't think you qualify. If you need help with these applications, contact the Welcome Center or Admissions & Records. For assistance with applying for financial aid, please contact Student Financial Services. All offer online support.

ONLINE APPLICATION
FINANCIAL AID/SCHOLARSHIPS

Once your online application is submitted, you'll receive information about the Online Orientation. If this is your first time applying to RCC, within one business day you will receive an official welcome email with your MyPortal information. 

ONLINE ORIENTATION
VISIT MYPORTAL

You're now ready to register for classes. Log in through MyPortal and you will be able to: 

  • See your Abbreviated Educational Plan/Trailhead and Placement Summary  
  • View your suggested first-term courses 
  • Find registration dates and deadlines (very important) 
  • Register for Classes 
  • Need help registering for classes? View our tutorial video on registering on MyPortal here: https://youtu.be/SPTkZP-0ur4 

  • For EduNav help, view the tutorial here: https://youtu.be/LiwASaYu-Ic 

  • For hands-on support, visit our Welcome Center (virtual open office hours are available) 

*Students are qualified to take transfer-level Math and English or academic ESL in the first year at RCC

VISIT MYPORTAL

Admission Dates and Deadlines

RCC offers multiple opportunities throughout the year to enroll, and you can start during any session - Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer.

Fall Semester 2021 (August 23 - December 16)
Application Period: October 1, 2020 – October 21, 2021
Registration Dates Posted on MyPortal: May 17, 2021
Registration Begins: June 7, 2021
CLASSES NOT IN SESSION: September 6, November 11-12, November 22-28, December 17-January 2
*Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on the last day

Winter 2022 (January 3 – February 10)
Application Period: July 1, 2021 - January 6, 2022* (Requirements by October 7, 2021)
Registration Dates Posted on MyPortal: October 18, 2021
Registration Begins: November 8, 2021
CLASSES NOT IN SESSION: January 1-2 and January 17
*Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on the last day

Spring 2022 (February 14 – June 10, 2022)
Application Period: July 1, 2021 – April 21, 2022* (Requirements by November 4, 2021)
Registration Dates Posted on MyPortal: November 15, 2021
Registration Begins: December 6, 2021
CLASSES NOT IN SESSION: February 18-21, March 31, April 11-17, and May 30
*Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on the last day

Summer 2022 (June 20 - July 29)
Application Period: October 1, 2021 – June 23, 2022
Registration Dates Posted on MyPortal: TBD
Registration Begins: TBD
CLASSES NOT IN SESSION: July 4, July 30 - August 21
*Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on the last day

Fall Semester 2022 (August 22 - December 17)
Application Period: October 1, 2021 – October 20, 2022
Registration Dates Posted on MyPortal: TBD
Registration Begins: TBD
CLASSES NOT IN SESSION: September 5, November 11, November 22-27, December 18-January 2
*Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on the last day

Visit the RCC Concurrent High School Student to learn more about this opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school!

You can review our Programs, Course Catalog and Class Schedules.

Summer/Winter
Dates are only available on MyPortal

Spring 2021
Add deadline: February 26, 2021
Drop Class with Refund: February 26, 2021
Elect Pass/NoPass: March 7, 2021
Drop without a “W” (no refund): March 7, 2021
Drop with a “W”: May 14, 2021

Fall 2021
Add deadline: September. 3, 2021
Drop Class with Refund: September 3, 2021
Elect Pass/NoPass: September 5, 2021
Drop with a “W”(no refund): November 12, 2021

Please review Graduation Requirements before applying

Apply for degree or certificate for 2021 WINTER

October 16 - February 1

Apply for degree or certificate for 2021 SPRING

February 2 - April 1

Apply for degree or certificate for 2021 SUMMER

April 2 - July 15

Apply for degree or certificate for 2021 FALL

July 16 - October 15

Commencement Information emailed to applicants

May-2021
Please check your RCCD email regularly for information about the commencement ceremony.

Riverside City College Commencement Ceremony

June 11, 2021