Getting Started: First-Time College Students

A first-time college student is an individual who has never attended college.

Prospective students who have attended another college are considered transfer students and should refer to Getting Started: Transfer Students for their next steps. Students who previously attended Norco College or Moreno Valley College are classified as returning students and should refer to Getting Started: Returning Students.

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Apply to Riverside ​​City College and Apply for Financial Aid

Apply admission to RCC by filling out the online admission applications. They will be processed in one business day (weekends and holidays excluded). Two separate emails will be sent to the email address provided on the application.

  • A confirmation email will be sent immediately after submission stating that the college has received the application.
  • A welcome email will be sent after the application has been processed that will include the student's RCCD student ID number and RCCD email address.

Assistance is available at the Welcome Center and at Admissions & Records for prospective students who need help completing the admission application. Both offices are located on the first floor of the Dr. Charles A. Kane Student Services Building.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. More information about the DREAM application, scholarships, grants, and loans can be found on the Student Financial Services website.

Login to RCCD MyPortal

MyPortal is our online service that allows students to view their registration date, register for classes, access their student email, drop classes, order parking permits, pay fees, view their financial aid status, and much more. It is essential that students login to MyPortal and access their student email account. Important information from Riverside City College and the District is sent to the student email account on a regular basis.

The RCCD student email account, which was included in the welcome email, is the login for MyPortal. The URL to access MyPortal is https://portal.rcc.edu/. The default MyPortal password is the upper-case initial of the student's first name, the lower-case initial of the student's last name, and the student's six-digit date of birth (e.g., Sam Brown, Mar. 27, 1963 = Sb032763).

Complete the Online Orientation on MyPortal

Students will not be able to register for classes until the Online Orientation has been completed. The Online Orientation introduces students to terminology, academic programs, and student services and provides them with planning tools they'll need to succeed at Riverside City College.

Review Your Suggested First-Term Courses

A few days after completing the Online Orientation, students can review their suggested first-term courses through MyPortal/WebAdvisor by clicking the Abbreviated Educational Plan/Trailhead link on the Student Menu. The suggested first-term courses provides students with guidance on which classes to take during their first term. Math and/or English classes should be taken in the first year. Students may view their Placement Summary for math and English classes in MyPortal​. Students who have questions about their suggested first-term courses should contact the Counseling Department.

Students who do not see any classes listed on their Abbreviated Educational Plan within seven days of completing their Online Orientation should contact the Welcome Center for assistance.

Check Your Registration Date

Students can check their registration date by logging into MyPortal and clicking the Check My Registration Date/Holds link from the Registration dropdown menu. The dates when the college begins posting registration dates for each term can be found on the Important Dates and Deadlines page. Schedules are available on MyPortal and they are also available as a PDF file on the Class Schedules page.

Register for Classes

Students can register for classes through MyPortal on and after their registration date as long there are no other holds on their account. Prior to registering for any Open Campus online class, students must complete an Online Skills workshop. The link to the Online Skills workshop is located under the Other Services dropdown menu.

  • Students will be dropped from their classes if payment is not received by the payment deadline. Payment deadlines, payment information, and a complete breakdown of enrollment fees can be found on the Tuition and Fees page.
  • Be aware of important deadline dates (ex: the last day to add, drop with a refund, without a "W"; or with a "W"). Students can view these dates by viewing their class schedule on MyPortal and clicking on the class title.
  • Students who decide to stop attending a class should never assume their instructor will drop them from the class. Students who do not attend and do not drop the class will receive an "F" in the class and will be responsible for any fees associated with the class.
  • High School transcripts are not required unless specifically requested by a special program.
  • Students may receive college credit for AP exams passed with a score of 3, 4, or 5. Advance Placement scores must be directly mailed to the college from the College Board.
  • Print transactions for documentation.

For more detailed information about the registration process and how to waitlist a class, please refer to the Registration Information page.

Get Your RCC College ID Card and Purchase Your Textbooks

The RCC College Card is a student's official identification around the college. Students can only obtain their College ID card at their home college if they are enrolled in classes. For information about the services provided by the College ID card, please refer to the College ID Card information page.

Visit your Academic Engagement Center​ for your RCC Welcome Package and a book list. ​

Students should visit the Student Bookstore website or take a copy of their schedule to the bookstore to find out which textbooks need to be purchased.

Attend the First Day of Class

Arrive early to find parking. For detailed information on parking please visit the Parking Services website.

Students enrolled in an online class should go to www.opencampus.com and login to their class on the first day.

Students who decide not to attend a class must drop their class via MyPortal or in person at the Admissions & Records office. Remember, dropping a class is always the responsibility of the student. ​​​​