First-time StudentsHow to Apply for Admission & Register for Classes
apply | placement test | register | submit documents | pay tuition
RVCC is an open access institution. SAT scores, letters of recommendation or essays are not required for admission. Students are required to submit official, final high school transcripts.
STEP 1 - Apply
Apply now online and follow these steps:
- Create a Login ID and Password by clicking on "First time user account creation"
- Complete requested information
- Submit application with $25 non-refundable application fee
After your application has been submitted, you can log into the Admissions System using your login and password and receive updates on the status of your application and admissions requirements.
You can also submit a hard copy application, along with the non-refundable $25 application fee, by mail, fax or in person. Mail applications to RVCC Student Enrollment Center, PO Box 3300, Somerville, New Jersey 08876.
Applications will be received on an on-going basis. Once your application has been received, you will receive an admissions packet from the College in the mail, along with a student ID number and instructions on registering for classes.
Students who are not seeking a degree or certificate:
Non-degree-seeking applicants are not required to submit proof of immunization, official high school or college transcripts or complete placement testing unless required as proof of meeting course prerequisites. Non-degree-seeking students are limited to 9 credits per semester.
STEP 2 - Take Placement Test
All students who are seeking a degree are required to take Accuplacer placement tests for English and mathematics prior to enrolling.
You do not need to take the reading and writing placement tests if you:
- provide an SAT score report showing a "Verbal" or "Critical Reading" score of at least 540, or an ACT English score of at least 24
- OR provide proof of taking a college level English course, equivalent English placement exam, or at least 24 college credits at a regionally accredited college.
You do not need to take the math placement test if you:
- provide proof of taking a college-level math course or equivalent math placement exam at another regionally accredited college.
- OR provide an SAT score report showing you have a math score of 550 (or ACT math score of 23), enabling you to place into college-level math. You have the option to test for placement into the calculus sequence.
- OR provide an SAT score of at least 530 but less than 550 (or ACT math score of 22) enabling you to place into Intermediate Algebra. You will have the option to test for placement into college-level math.
Students should consult an academic advisor to determine the appropriate math sequence for their major.
The College code for submitting SAT & ACT test scores is 2867.
Students whose native language is not English are required to take the Accuplacer Levels of English Proficiency Placement Test prior to enrolling.
Placement Testing is conducted at our Testing Center on the North Branch Campus. No appointment is needed. Make sure to bring a picture ID.
Testing Center Hours
For more information visit online or call 908-526-1200, ext. 8424.
STEP 3 - Register for Classes
New Full-Time Students
You are required to attend a group registration session, ROARS (Raritan Orientation, Advising & Registration Sessions). The session will be held during the day during registration periods. Click here to register for ROARS.
New Part-time Students
You are strongly advised, but not required to attend a group registration session, ROARS (Raritan Orientation, Advising & Registration Sessions). The session will be held during the day during registration periods and will take two - three hours. Click here to register for ROARS.
If you need assistance with selecting classes, you may also meet with a First Year Advisors (full-time students must first attend a R.O.A.R.S. session); click here for office hours and more information about the FYE Office.
If you place into Developmental English or Math, or English as a Second Language, you will not be able to complete your first registration on-line; you may register by mail, fax, or in person. Some Developmental English Placements will require a meeting with an Academic Advisor. Click here for the Advising Drop In Hours schedule.
New Part-time, Non-Degree Seeking Students
Non-degree seeking students are not required to meet with an advisor or take a placement test and can register for classes found in the course schedule. You must first complete an application and can then register for classes in person, by fax or by mail.
Before registering for a class, check the course description for prerequisites. If prerequisites are required, and you have not completed those prerequisites at RVCC, then you need to provide proof that you have completed them elsewhere. Proof includes a grade report or an academic transcript.
Student Enrollment Center
PO Box 3300, Somerville, NJ 08876
Student Enrollment Center
First floor, College Center
Main Campus Fall & Spring Hours (beginning August 18):
Monday-Thursday -- 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday -- 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hours are subject to change.
For more information visit online or call 908-218-8864.
STEP 4 - Submit High School Transcripts & Immunizations
You will need to provide the Student Enrollment Center (located across from the Testing Center) with an official final high school transcript. Official copies of your High school transcript can be sent to the RVCC Student Enrollment Center, PO Box 3300 Somerville, NJ 08876 or can be delivered in-person (need to be in a sealed envelope from the high school).
In addition, you must submit proof of compliance with the State of New Jersey requirements for immunization for 2 doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella) and 3 doses of Hepatitis B OR download the Immunization Record Form and bring it to your doctor to fill it out. (For full- time students only).
STEP 5 - Pay Your Tuition
Student must pay their full tuition & fees by the dates listed on our website at www.raritanval.edu/admin/finance/tuition.html.
RVCC offers a TuitionPay Monthly Payment Plan (for Fall and Spring semesters only) that enables you to spread out your payments. No interest is charged but there is an enrollment fee.
The College participates in all federal and state financial aid programs and also offers a number of scholarship opportunities.
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