College Survival Guide
This mini-survival guide has been prepared especially for YOU in an attempt to make your transition into the college environment a smooth one. RLC Student Services understands your frustration! We have been listening . . . and we know you often have found yourself saying, “NOBODY TOLD ME!” So, we put together a list that hopefully will answer many of your questions about life at Rend Lake College.
AdmissionsNobody told me...
- I need to fill out an application form. (In-State residents can complete our New Student Enrollment Form)
- I need proof (such as a driver’s license or a utility bill) that I am a resident of District 521 (RLC’s District) to be eligible for in-district tuition.
- I must have my high school and college transcripts sent to RLC’s Student Records Office.
- If I decide to use my Social Security number as an identifying number, I need to make sure that I use my correct Social Security number on all documents.
- It is acceptable to NOT have a major during my freshman year.
- RLC’s nursing programs are selective admissions programs and have specific admission requirements. If I am interested in the nursing program, I should contact the Allied Health Division, Ext. 1251.
AdvisementNobody told me...
- It is a good idea to see an advisor before registration each semester. (Complete list of academic advisors)
- Classmates are not advisors.
- The catalog contains information about ALL classes and programs of study offered at RLC. (The catalog is available online.)
- Withdrawals will not affect my GPA, but they may affect my financial aid.
- The Associate in Arts (AA) and the Associate in Science (AS) degrees are different.
- The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree can transfer. Check with your advisor for transferability to a four-year institution.
- I need to fulfill the constitution requirement to complete my Associate Degree, including the AAS.
- I need to APPLY FOR GRADUATION the semester before I plan to graduate. (Apply for Graduation)
- My GPA can affect many things . . . graduation, future college enrollment, scholarship applications, jobs, etc.
Registration / EnrollmentNobody told me...
- The first time I register, I need to complete all enrollment procedures in person.
- I need RLC placement test scores or ACT scores and any college transcripts on file with RLC before enrolling in classes.
- Schedules are available before enrollment begins, both in paper copy and online.
- Students are responsible for enrolling, dropping, and withdrawing from classes.
- Dropping a class and withdrawing from a class are two different things.
- I will be dropped from my courses for non-payment. Students receiving aid should always contact the Financial Aid Office when registering to be certain that their paperwork is complete.
- I should not assume that I will be dropped from my courses for not attending.
- All of my fines and balances must be paid before I can enroll.
- If I get dropped for non-payment, I will have to pay a $15 service charge before I can re-enroll.
Financial AidNobody told me...
- I need to apply for financial aid each year, preferably early in the year.
- I do not need to be a full-time student to be eligible for financial aid.
- I need to go to the Financial Aid Office to check how withdrawals affect my aid before withdrawing.
- Non-attendance in my classes will affect the amount of financial aid that I will be eligible to receive.
MiscellaneousNobody told me...
- There are free tutors available for all students in the Learning Enhancement Center.
- I am responsible for requesting official transcripts to be sent to other schools.
- Assistance is available for veterans.
- I can receive credit for volunteerism and cooperative work study programs.
- To receive my diploma, I must apply for graduation and pay a graduation fee. The diploma will be mailed 4-6 weeks after the end of the semester. (More information:Graduation)
- I can ask my academic advisor or counselor ANY question. ALL questions are valid!
- Librarians are willing to help with research projects.
- The Student Code of Conduct found in the Student Handbook binds all students.
- To receive my grades, I must create an Online Student Records System account. Grade cards are not sent through mail.
- I need a Rend Lake College Student ID.
Transferring to a Four-Year UniversityNobody told me...
- I need to be considering attendance at a university early in my college career.
- I need to contact the universities and ask them to send me their catalogs, applications, scholarship information, program specific information, housing information, etc.
- While RLC advisors will assist me in choosing the appropriate transfer courses, I should contact the university where I plan to transfer and confirm these choices.
- I will need to request an official transcript be sent to my transfer college.
- That A.A.S. degrees can transfer to a university.