The Student Success and Support Program at Riverside City College assists students in accessing college and providing support services to help them establish and achieve their educational goals. Students eligible for matriculation are provided with a college orientation, placement results, counseling, completion of an educational plan and follow-up services.

An important part of the matriculation process is to ensure all necessary requirements for entry into certain classes and for graduation are fulfilled.

Limitations on Enrollment

Riverside City College offers some courses which place limitations on enrollment. These limitations may include successful completion of courses, successful completion of online tutorials to demonstrate computer skills, preparation levels for math and English, performance criteria, or health and safety conditions. Students who do not meet the conditions imposed by these limitations will be blocked from enrolling in these classes.

Verifying Prerequisites/Co-requisites

It is the student’s responsibility to know and meet the course prerequisites and co-requisites. These are stated in the course descriptions within the Schedule of Classes and the Catalog.

If you have met the prerequisite at another accredited college or university, you must provide verification through one of the following:

  • Submit official transcript(s) and complete a Prerequisite Validation Form. Request must be submitted from your RCCD email account.
  • Submit unofficial transcript(s) or grade reports and complete a Matriculation Appeal Petition. Petitions approved based on an unofficial transcript will be approved for one semester only. This will provide time for the student to request official transcripts from all institutions attended. An appeal using unofficial transcripts will only be accepted one time as a courtesy to the student.
  • If you wish to challenge a prerequisite for courses other than English, Math or ESL on the basis of knowledge, ability, or because of the unavailability of the prerequisite, submit a Matriculation Appeal Petition.

Please Note:

  • C- grades and below do not satisfy a prerequisite. 
  • Transcripts are required documentation for courses you have completed at other institutions. We can only accept transcripts from the original institution; courses listed on a secondary transcript are not acceptable.
  • In-progress grades are not accepted. Your transcript must indicate the final grade.

To request validation of high school foreign language courses, at least two years are required with a grade of C or better. Please submit official high school transcripts and email from your RCCD email account to request a Matriculation Appeal petition. Official transcripts must be on file before submitting the request form. Please refer to submit official transcripts for information on where to submit official transcripts.

Challenging Your English Placement

Every student has a right to enroll directly in English 1A.  RCC’s English department has decided to no longer offer 91.  Most students will have no block on directly enrolling in English 1A. However, in some instances, you may need to opt-out by filling out this form.  The form should take you just 2-3 minutes to complete.

Every student enrolled in English 1A has a Writing and Reading Center (WRC) requirement already embedded in the coursework to support the successful completion of 1A.

If essay writing has always been difficult for you, there is more support at no cost to you: English 802.  This zero-unit course supplements the material covered in your English 1A course and offers additional directed instruction to assist your success in English 1A.  This is also a great option to give you more time with your professor.  You can work directly with your counselor/ ed advisor to get enrolled in English 802.

English 91-Paired Courses

*Please allow 2-3 business days for processing.

Early Alert

Each fall and spring semesters, faculty have the opportunity to participate in Early Alert. Early Alert allows instructors teaching an eight-week or longer course to identify students who are showing signs of academic difficulty. Studies show that early interventions help to promote student success. By completing the Early Alert roster, faculty make recommendations for students to visit with them, a counselor, and/or tutorial services. Students then receive an email that encourages them to participate in the recommended services.

If you receive an Early Alert notification, please do not ignore it. Take advantage of the opportunity to talk with your instructor and access our campus resources.

Probation and Dismissal

The policies of probation and dismissal are applicable to day or evening, full-time or part-time students. Academic status is based on all coursework taken at the three district colleges. Students with an academic status of probation or dismissal will be limited to a maximum of 13 units during fall/spring semesters. Probationary students may enroll in no more than seven units during intersessions. Dismissal students will be limited to 5 units during intersession.

  • Good Standing - Student are considered to be in good standing when they achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher and earn grades of "A", "B", or "C" in 50% or more in all course work attempted.
  • Probation - Occurs when a student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 2.00 and/or when the cumulative percentage of unsuccessful units attempted at RCCD reaches or exceeds 50%.
    Online Probation Workshop
  • Dismissal - Students failing to maintain satisfactory academic progress may be subject to academic and/or progress dismissal.


When a course has a prerequisite, it means that a student must have certain knowledge to be successful in the course. The prior knowledge may be a skill (ie: type 40 wpm), an ability (ie: speaks and writes French fluently), a placement preparation score, or successful completion of a course (ie: grade C or better in CHE-1A).

Completion of the prerequisite is required PRIOR to enrolling in the class. Students who have completed a course at another institution for which they would like credit must fill out a Prerequisite Validation Form in order to have coursework on official transcripts validated for math, English, or other prerequisites.

If you are currently enrolled in a prerequisite course at Riverside Community College District (i.e., Math 10), you will be allowed to register for the succeeding class (i.e., Math 1A). However, if you do not pass the prerequisite course with at least a C or P grade, you will be dropped from the succeeding class. If you are currently enrolled in a prerequisite course outside of Riverside Community College District, the course must be successfully completed with a final/recorded grade before requesting validation of prerequisite. Successful completion of a prerequisite requires a grade of C or better. C-, D, F, FW, NP (No Pass), or I (Incomplete) are not acceptable.

When a course has a corequisite, it means that a student is required to take another course concurrent with or prior to enrollment in the course. Knowing the information presented in the corequisite course is considered necessary for a student to be successful in the course. (Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, Math 1A is required for Physics 4A.)

Concurrent corequisite courses must be completed at RCCD. Previously completed corequisite course(s) may be completed at RCCD or an outside institution (students are required to submit a Prerequisite Validation Form to validate prerequisite and corequisite coursework completed outside of RCCD).

When a course has an advisory, it means that a student is recommended to have certain preparation before entering the course. The preparation is considered advantageous to a student’s success in the course. Since the preparation is advised, but not required, students will not be blocked from enrolling in a class if they do not meet the advisory.

ATTENTION! All course prerequisites are enforced at registration.

It is the student’s responsibility to know and meet the course prerequisites and corequisites. These are stated in the course descriptions of the schedule of classes and the current college catalog. The course titles listed in Edunav are also links. When you click on the course link, the class information will appear.  Under the Title and Course Section Number is the description. The pre/corequisite(s) for the courses are stated in the description.

Some courses are designated for special programs or are part of a learning community. You must be a student in the program or learning community to register for designated sections.

Click on the course link and the class information will appear.  Under the Title and Course Section Number is the Description. If the course is part of a program or learning community, it will be stated in the description. If you are not part of the learning community or special program, please choose a different section of the same course, if available.

At this time, you have not yet validated your pre/corequisite. If you have passed the prerequisite course at another accredited college or university with a “C” or better, either RCCD does not have an official transcript OR your official transcript is on file, but you have not completed the necessary paperwork. Refer to the section titled Verifying Prerequisites/Co-requisites above.

Please email if you have any questions regarding the Prerequisite Validation or Matriculation Appeal process.