Easy Steps to Becoming an RRCC Student
It's easy! Red Rocks Community College welcomes anyone 17 years of age or older, who can benefit from our instructional programs and courses, including high school graduates, non-graduates, or students at least 16 years old who are currently enrolled in a high school concurrent enrollment program. Students younger than age 17 who are not in a concurrent enrollment program may apply for a waiver of the age requirement through the office of the Vice President for Student Services.
Out-of-State Online Students
At this time, Red Rocks Community College is unable to accept applications from online students in the following states: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Washington D.C
Determine whether you qualify for in-state tuition:
When applying online, you will be asked for the following information regarding how long you have lived in Colorado. Note: If you are less than 23 years old, you will need to also provide the following parent/guardian information.
Apply for RRCC Here
If you are new to RRCC or have been away from RRCC for a year or more, you need to complete the online application for admission at www.rrcc.edu/apply, or stop by the Admissions Office.
Steps to follow after you fill out your RRCC application
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Apply for College Opportunity Fund (COF) and Financial Aid
a. Upon completing the online application (Apply Now button above) , you will receive a Student ID (example: S12345678). Save this number, as you will need it for registration and all other correspondence with RRCC. There is no deadline or fee to apply. Acceptance letters are sent by e-mail or by regular U.S. mail. Please contact the Admissions office at 303.914.6360 with any questions regarding the acceptance letter. For more information please call: 303.914.6348.
b. Apply and authorize COF: If you are a Colorado resident for tuition purposes and did not sign up for COF through your admissions application, you can sign up online. The State of Colorado provides funding for students to attend college through COF. This is the state paid portion of your tuition which is a benefit to all Colorado residents. The COF application is free and can save you hundreds of dollars each semester on your tuition. You only have to apply for this benefit once. Please note that if you do not apply for, and authorizer COF funding, you are responsible for both the student share and the state share of all tuition and fees. When you fill out the college application you may select "yes" to have a COF account automatically created, or you may visit: www.rrcc.edu/college-opportunity-fund and click on "Sign up here".
c. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at: www.fafsa.ed.gov to see if you are eligible for any kind of Federal aid (grants, loans, work study and scholarships). The RRCC school code for your application is 009543. The application process can take 6-8 weeks to complete, so apply early! RRCC has three priority consideration dates during the year:
Your financial aid file is not complete until you receive an award letter.
Complete the Red Rocks 101 Orientation Session (required).
The Red Rocks 101 student orientation is offered in an online format. This orientation is MANDATORY for all new students and for all students returning to Red Rocks following a break of a year or more. Red Rocks 101 is designed to help students successfully navigate the college experience. The orientation will cover important topics such as class registration, financial aid, degree and certificate options, and student services.
You can access the online orientation at:www.rrcc.edu/orientation.
Transfer to RRCC (if applicable)
RRCC accepts credit for prior learning for students who have previously attended a college other than RRCC or who have completed standardized exams such as CLEP, AP and IB. RRCC will apply credits that meet the content and rigor of RRCC’s courses and that apply to your declared degree or certificate program at RRCC.
Please visit our Student Records web page for more information: www.rrcc.edu/student-records
Take the Accuplacer placement test
You must provide evidence of college readiness before registering for courses. To determine which courses you should take, you must complete the test if you are: 1) a degree or certificate seeking
student, 2) registering for a course with any prerequisites, or 3) under the age of 20 (regardless of degree/certificate status).
If you have taken college coursework prior to starting classes at RRCC, please provide a transcript(s) from any previous college you have attended. This will help an advisor determine if you need to take the test.
The test, available on both the Arvada and Lakewood campuses, is given on a walk-in basis (no appointment necessary) and is not timed. You must have applied and received a student identification number prior to taking the test and arrive with a government-issued photo ID at least 2 hours before the Assessment Center closes.
We strongly recommend you review the online study guides available prior to taking the test. The study guides can be found at www.rrcc.edu/assessment. Your score is an indication of the level of coursework you are ready to take. You are responsible for completing basic skills courses during your first 30 credit hours of attendance if your placement scores are below college level.
Students enrolling in Fire Science or Emergency Services coursework must consult the Emergency Services Department for their placement requirements.
You may be exempt from taking the placement test if you have satisfied one of the following requirements:
- taken the ACT or SAT placement test within the past five years. Please check our website to see if your scores exempt you from this requirement. Your Reading and English scores are valid for five years; Math scores are only valid for two years. Submit your score report to the RRCC Assessment Center.
- earned an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or higher degree from an accredited college or university, you must submit your transcript(s) to the RRCC Student Records Office.
- completed college-level English composition or college-level math with a grade of C or higher
- have qualifying AP/IB test scores. You must submit your transcript(s) and/or official score report to RRCC to be exempt from taking the corresponding section(s) of the test.
- registered for a non-guaranteed transfer course for which a placement score is not required as a prerequisite. Information: 303.914.6720 or www.rrcc.edu/assessment
Please note that English courses taken outside of the United States do not meet the placement requirements.
Meet with an academic advisor.
An advisor will help you select courses, identify course prerequisites, obtain program information, evaluate placement results, assist with transfer planning to a four-year college or university, and prepare you for graduation. They can check your progress in AAS, AA, AS, and AGS degree plans, and develop a course schedule that fits your needs and academic goals. A team of academic advisors, available on both the Arvada and Lakewood campuses, is available year-round by appointment or on a walk-in basis. An important step toward succeeding at RRCC is meeting regularly with an academic advisor.
Information:303.914.6255 or www.rrcc.edu/advising
Register for classes.
You may register for classes in person at the Lakewood or Arvada campus or you may register online.
Click at rrcc.edu. " Enter your student ID (S number) and password. Click
on "Add or Drop Classes." Follow directions to register for your classes.
Although we can’t register you over the phone or via email, we can guide you through the process. Please contact us should you have any questions. Remember to print your schedule a few days before the semester begins to get current room information.
Need to audit a class instead? Click here to find out more.
Information: 303.914.6348 or www.rrcc.edu/admissions
Get your RRCC Student ID card on the Lakewood campus.
You will need a photo ID and a copy of your current schedule which you can get online or in Admissions.
Activate your email account
Your college email account is the official method of communication at RRCC, so it is extremely important that you activate your account and check it frequently. To activate your account, login to "the rock" and click the "Student Email" link at the top of the page. Activate your account today at www.rrcc.edu/admissions/student-email
Activate your debit card
A little more than a week after you register for classes, your Higher One debit card will arrive in the mail (look for the bright green envelope). This card will be used to apply your financial aid or any other refund, so it is important that you look for the card and activate it when it arrives!
What else should you do?
- Purchase books and supplies.
The RRCC Bookstore, located on the Lakewood campus, is your source for all of your educational materials, including those for CCCOnline classes. Books can be ordered and delivered to the Arvada campus with adequate notice.
Information: 303.914.6232 or www.rrcc.bncollege.com
- Apply for a Red Rocks Community College Foundation scholarship.
Information: 303.914.6426 or www.rrcc.edu/foundation.
- Check-in with Accessibility Services.
If you are a student with a disability, contact Accessibility Services at 303.914.6733 for support or accommodations.
Information: 303.914.6733 or www.rrcc.edu/accessibility-services
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