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Welcome to ROARS 101 - New Student Online Orientation! This portion of RVCC's orientation program will teach you about important resources, opportunities, and policies that you should be aware of before your first semester at the college. To get started, use the accordion in the middle of the screen. Be sure to complete all six sections. At the end of the orientation, you will be prompted to register for ROARS, our in- person orientation program.  

We know that there's a lot of information to learn here, so we encourage you to use this program as a reference throughout your first year at RVCC just in case you forget anything. Again, welcome to RVCC & we can't wait to meet you in person at ROARS.

 

Welcome to RVCC!

 

Welcome to the RVCC community. As a new student, this online orientation program will help you become better acquainted with the college, college services, and most importantly the tools that you can utilize to be successful in completing your RVCC education.

History

RVCC was founded on November 16, 1965, as Somerset County College. The College was officially established on April 5, 1966, by the appointment of a nine-member Board of Trustees. Somerset County College opened its doors to 229 students on September 12, 1968 at its temporary home: Green Brook High School. In May of 1970, the first commencement was held for 75 graduates. Raritan Valley Community College, as we know it today, was established in 1987 as the merger of Hunterdon and Somerset's bi-county college.
 

Mission Statement

Raritan Valley Community College is an educational community that works to develop critical thinking, foster intellectual curiosity, promote leadership, encourage social responsibility, support personal growth, and sustain engaged citizenship within a diverse population of students and community members.

Core Values

  • RVCC is an open admission institution with high standards and excellent support services.
  • RVCC serves as an important center for our community.
  • RVCC participates as a reliable partner with the region's K-12 schools to support active learning and college readiness.
  • RVCC must provide support for student success, but students are responsible for their own achievements.
  • The College values the diversity of our communities as a resource that strengthens the institution.
  • The College is accountable for the prudent use of all its resources and seeks transparency in all its operations.
  • The College measures its success against national models and standards.
  • The College commits to environmentally sustainable practices.
  • Educational programs must be affordable.
  • A healthy college community depends on integrity and respect.
  • The best college decisions are made on a learning-centered foundation.
  • Learning is a lifelong endeavor.
 

Student Services

First Year Experience (FYE)

The First Year Experience Program (FYE) at Raritan Valley Community College provides first-time students with a comprehensive and effective transition into the college experience with a focus on student success. FYE is committed to developing and supporting the academic and personal success of all first year students. The office offers a comprehensive and intentional experience that supports student learning and involvement.

Every first-time, full-time student is assigned a First Year Advisor to help them make the transition to RVCC and to help them develop their Academic and Career Plan.
First Year Advisors are assigned based on student last name:
Jose Salazar - Advises students with last names beginning with A - F
Andrea Cappello - Advises students with last names beginning with G - M
David Ross - Director of FYE and advises students with last names beginning with N - Z
To learn more about the FYE office, visit our website: First Year Experience

 

 

Advising & Counseling (ACS)

Advising & Counseling offers a wide range of services including academic advising, transfer counseling, personal counseling, international student advising, adult programs, and workshops that focus on academic skills and personal development. Students can meet with Academic Advisors during designated drop-in times, while appointments with Personal and Transfer Counselors are scheduled in advance.

Our missions is to support and empower students to identify and clarify their personal, academic, and career goals and take responsibility for their actions and plans.

For more information on services, office hours, and location, visit our website: Advising & Counseling


Finance

1.Check your student email account for electronic copies of your bill, the monthly statement (itemized list of transactions by semester for the past month), and other emails from the Finance Office regarding your student account.

2.Ensure that your social security number, address, and phone numbers on your account are correct.

3.Don't ignore text messages informing you that payment has not been received. Contact the Finance Office X7006 for further detail (leave a message if your call goes to voicemail as this mailbox is monitored throughout the day and calls are generally returned the same day).

4.Credit card payments are not accepted over the phone. The college has a Pay Tuition link. It may also be found under the top links section on the RVCC homepage. Other payment options and pertinent account information is available on the Finance webpage.

5.Out of county tuition chargeback forms need to be completed every semester and submitted to the Finance Office before the 10th day of the semester.

6.Understand and know where to find the refund schedule.

7.Volunteer tuition waivers are limited by the calendar year and must be presented at the time of registration. Fees are due in full at the time the waiver is presented. The payment plan is available for the fees, however, the waiver cannot be applied until the student enrolls in the payment plan.

In addition to the tuition component, there are also fees charged on a per class (lab and certain nursing related fees), per credit (general fee), and per semester basis (Technology & Enrollment Services fees). The Finance Office does not award Financial Aid or take it away. We process the refunds due to the students – under the Federal Financial Aid guidelines we have 14 days from the day it pays to process the refund. If the student drops classes or adds classes after the refund is processed , and it results in a balance due, the student is responsible for the balance due. The Finance web page contains very useful information.

 

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office is located in the College Center, C-124. If you have questions or concerns about the Financial Aid process after watching this video and visiting the Financial Aid website, you can contact Financial Aid by email at finaid@raritanval.edu or by phone at (908) 526 - 1200 x8273. Office hours are Monday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm and Tuesday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.

 

 

Disability Services

The Disability Services Office provides students with services in accordance with federal legislative guidelines and RVCC Policies and Procedures. Basic accommodations are approved on a case-by-case basis. If you have received accommodations in the past and/or feel you will need accommodations at RVCC, be sure to follow these important guidelines:

1. Read the Disability Services Handbook.
2. If you are a high school senior, make sure that you have current documentation of your disability prior to your high school graduation. Documentation guidelines are outlined in the handbook.
3. Submit copies of your documentation to the Disability Services Office.
4. Make an appointment with the Disability Services Office to review your documentation and discuss needed accommodations.
5. If you feel you will need accommodations when taking the Accuplacer (placement test for Math and English), be sure to schedule an appointment before taking the test.
6. To ensure accommodations will be in place at the start of the semester, schedule your appointment early. The summer is a busy time for the Disability Services Office.

More detailed information can be found on the Disability Services webpage.

 

 

Enrollment Services

FERPA-- "Federal Educational Right to Privacy Act"--  Student records are confidential. We do not share them with a third party unless the student provides a signed release. The Informed Consent form can be located in the Advising Office and it must be signed by the student at RV. The form is only valid for one semester.


ENROLLMENT VERIFICATION- This form is available for download from the Lion's Den (Student Services tab- Registration Tools) AFTER the 10th day of classes, providing that we have their SSN number on file. If not, the student should submit a "Request for Enrollment" in the Registrar's Office. Within 5 days the form can be picked up by the student.

WITHDRAWALS- It is the student's responsibility to withdraw from class. If they stop attending without withdrawing, they will receive a grade of F which is calculated into the GPA. A W grade does not calculate into the GPA  (share the dates of withdrawal & refunds- which is in the packet).

TRANSCRIPTS- Transcript orders are placed online only. Go to www.getmytranscript.com and select RVCC. *When including the COMMON APPLICATION- submit that form separately to the Enrollment Services Office for processing with the transcript.*

GRADUATION- Unlike high school, students must apply to graduate from RVCC. They will be notified by email when they have completed about 45 credits, but they are responsible for applying to graduate with their associate degree and/or certificate. The application for graduation is filed with the Registrar's Office.

 

 

Career Services

The Career Services Office provides students with a variety of resources to assist them with planning for their future careers. Services include: career counseling, internship opportunities and job search assistance, and workshops on topics such as resume writing, interviewing, networking and job search strategies. For additional information on Career Services, be sure to visit their website after watching the video.

Location: First Floor, College Center Suite, C-116

Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 5:00

Academic Services

 

Library

The Evelyn S. Field Library is a physical and virtual library dedicated to supporting student learning at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC). The library provides the print and electronic resources which allow RVCC students to grow academically, professionally, and personally. The library provides comfortable spaces where students can study quietly or work in a group. Librarians are ready to help students find the appropriate resources for their projects. We encourage you to ask a librarian for help with your research.

Print Resources
 

  • More than 80,000 books that you can check out
  • Local and national newspapers
  • Magazines and scholarly journals
  • Popular book, audiobook, and DVD collections including movies and television series
  • Electronic Resources (are accessible off-campus)
  • More than 70 databases containing scholarly articles, newspaper & magazine articles
  • More than 100,000 e-books
  • Streaming video content

Information Literacy
 

  • Employers value college graduates who can find, organize, and evaluate information from multiple sources. 
  • The Library's information literacy instruction program is an integral part of the general curriculum. 
  • To help you become more information literate, we have developed "Research Guides" which provide you with a starting point for your Research Paper. The Research Guides list specific books, databases, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and Online Resources to help you get started on your research assignment.
  • We also have a number of tutorials and videos to help you with different parts of your research, including selecting keywords, deciding which databases to use, searching specific databases, finding scholarly article, and citing sources. Find them here!
  • Ask-A-Librarian
  • You can arrange to meet with a librarian for help with your research    
  • RVCC librarians are available in person, email, telephone at (908)-218-8865, and chat.

 

 

We are here to help you succeed! For more information, please visit our website!
               

Academic Support Center

The ASC offers free drop-in tutoring, computers with educational software, reference materials, scientific models, quiet space to study and more—all designed to help you succeed. The ASC provides guidance and support for you to become an independent, successful, life-long learner. Tutoring helps you succeed!

Additional information about the tutors' schedules and academic resources is available at:
 

  • Website
  • Brochure: Tutoring Services
  • Phone: 908-526-1200, ext. 8393
  • Location: Lower Level, Somerset Hall, Room S020
  • Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 8:00pm; Friday, 9:00am – 2:00pm; Saturday, 10:00am – 2:00pm


For a quick view of the center:

  

We're here to help you succeed!

 

General Education Courses

General education courses are required by most degree programs on campus. These classes provide students with a strong foundation in written and oral communication skills, reading skills, technical skills, and quantitative reasoning skills.The number of general education courses you will take will depend upon the major you select. Be sure to use your Degree Sheet and/or Academic Plan in conjunction with the General Education Course sheet when registering in order to ensure you are taking the correct classes for your major. If you have questions regarding course requirements, be sure to meet with your First Year Advisor.

Academic subjects included in the General Education Course offerings are:

  • Appreciation of the Arts
  • Communication
  • English Composition
  • English Literature
  • Foreign language
  • Global Cultural Awareness
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Technological Competency

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How to Sign Up for Classes

Community Standards

 

Student Conduct

One of the core values of Raritan Valley Community College is fostering an environment of mutual respect, responsibility, and collaboration. The RVCC Code of Student Conduct establishes expectations of behavior for all RVCC students regardless of enrollment status or campus location. The provisions of the Code govern the actions of all students whether at a College-owned or managed location or at a College-sponsored or supervised function or event.

Within this section of the Student Services website, you will find relevant polices, helpful information as well as a form to easily report possible violations of college policies and other issues.

If you have questions about the Code of Student Conduct, contact the Assistant Dean for Student Services, Jason Fredericks in College Center C-143 jfrederi@raritanval.edu or the Dean for Student Services, Diane Lemcoe in College Center, C-143 dlemcoe@raritanval.edu.

Upon admission to the College, a student incurs the responsibility for becoming familiar with and abiding by, the provisions of the Code. Violations of the Code may result in a student receiving a failing grade on an assignment or in a course, required community service, Disciplinary Warning, Disciplinary Probation, Disciplinary Suspension, Disciplinary Expulsion, or another appropriate penalty.

Academic Integrity

Raritan Valley Community College requires independent, honest work on the part of its students. Students are also expected to conduct themselves with scholarly integrity. To maintain academic integrity, quality academic work should be defined by (1) the ideas and writing of others are being properly cited; (2) students submit their own work for tests and assignments without unauthorized assistance; (3) students do not provide unauthorized assistance to others; (4) students report their research or accomplishments accurately. Instances where academic integrity is violated must be reported by faculty members and can also be reported by staff and students. Violations relating to academic dishonesty, cheating, or plagiarism should be directed to the Dean of Academic Affairs, Patrice Marks Ph.D. in College Center, C-150 pgmarks@raritanval.edu.

More detailed information regarding instances/actions that violate academic integrity can be found in the RVCC Student Handbook.

 

Parking & Driving on Campus

  • Parking -On busy days, parking is usually available for students in Lot 5 and for faculty in Lot 6
  • Carpool- 10% of RVCC's full-time students carpool to campus at least half of the time  and 40% are willing to carpool. To help RVCC commuters find carpools, RVCC offers RideShare, a ride-matching service through RideWise. Students and staff can fill out the online form to be matched with other RVCC carpool-seekers or listed in RideShare's carpool classifieds. Carpoolers registered with RideWise are eligible for a free ride home in case of emergency. If you carpool at least twice a week, register your carpool with RideWise and their Ticket Home Program, and you will receive a placard that lets you park in the carpool-only parking spaces in front of the West Building.
  • Vanpool - If you commute 15 miles or more to campus from a densely populated area like Flemington, consider vanpooling (carpooling in a rented van). Van costs are subsidized by NJ Transit. RideWise can help you join or start
  • Hunterdon County LINK Bus - Hunterdon's Cross County Service can provide rides to campus by request. Rides cost between $2 and $4 one way. Stops include Kings shopping center in Whitehouse, Whitehouse and High Bridge train stations, and connections with Trans-Bridge buses.  View this website for more information or call 1-800-842-0531 to arrange a ride.
  • Somerset County Shuttle Buses -Somerset County runs two public transit shuttle buses,CAT 1-R and CAT 2-R, to main campus Monday through Friday for $2 per ride. The shuttles serve Bedminster, Bound Brook, Bridgewater, Franklin, Raritan, Somerville, and South Bound Brook. Stops include the Commons Mall, Raritan Mall, and the Somerville train station. SCOOT buses stop near the Bridgewater campus and serve Bedminster, Bound Brook, Bridgewater, Manville, and Hillsborough for $2 per ride
  • NJ Transit Discounts - The shuttle bus connects to NJ Transit buses and train stations. Full-time students (12+ credits) are eligible for 25% off a regular rail, bus, or light rail monthly pass when enrolled through NJ Transit's Student Pass program
  • Free Ride Home - If you carpool, vanpool, take mass transit, bicycle or walk to RVCC two or more times per week, you can register with RideWise's Ticket Home program. Registered commuters can get reimbursed for emergency rides home due to unexpected overtime requests, a family or medical emergency, a carpool breakdown or a transit service interruption.
 

Get Connected

Online Resources

 

Log in to Lion's Den/Check E-mail

 

My RV App

 

RV Self Service Password Reset

 

Student Life

The Office of Student Life provides students with an opportunity to engage with the RVCC campus outside of the classroom. Cultural, recreational, and governmental activities and functions at the College allow students the opportunity to develop many personal and career skills.

 

  • Office Location: First Floor of the Ray Bateman Center for Student Life & Leadership
  • Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Email: studentlife@raritanval.edu
  • Phone: 908.526.1200 x8873

 

Campus Life

Raritan Valley Community College has a large number of places you can go to study, hang out, and eat. We encourage students to explore the campus prior to the first day of class. The more acquainted you become with the campus, the more at ease you will feel your first semester.

Places to study:

  • Library located at the front of the campus.
  • Academic Support Center in the basement floor of the Somerset Hall.
  • Atrium Lounge in the basement floor of the College Center.
  • Bateman Student Center behind the Gym.
Places to eat:
  • Cafeteria in the second floor of the College Center.
  • Brew-Ha-Ha Cafe right behind the Welcome Desk in the main entrance of the college (Somerset Hall).
  • Book Store in the basement floor in between Somerset Hall and the College Center.
Places to hang out:
  • Bateman Student Center behind the Gym.
  • Game Room in the second floor of the College Center.
  • Atrium Lounge in the basement floor of the College Center.
  • Courtyard in between the Somerset Hall and Hunterdon Hall.

 

 

Service Learning

Service Learning is a credit-bearing program in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets an identified community need. Students reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.

The instructor offering service learning in the particular course establishes the required service hours and reflection assignment in order for students to receive academic credit for service learning. The reflection component connects classroom learning with service in the community. Some examples are journals, essays, and group discussions. Additionally, instructors make adjustments with the regular classroom assignment(s) to accommodate and recognize the work of service learning students.

Upon successful completion of their work, students are eligible to receive a Student Engagement Transcript, noting their participation in a service learning course. To receive the Transcript, students must complete and submit the Service Learning Time Sheet with the proper signatures and follow directions for receiving the transcript.

The Student Engagement Transcript will document your service learning experience by course and semester. It is an official transcript from the college that you can use to enhance your resume and transfer applications and it should be noted on both. Building your resume and transfer applications are benefits of service learning and they are an important part of educational/career planning. Volunteer experience is just as valuable as paid job experience and many employers look very favorably upon students who volunteer. Most college transfer applications ask what type of service you have done and service learning should be included on your application to enhance its acceptance.

Registration Session Signup

Quiz

Congratulations on completing the online orientation! You are now ready for the quiz! Once you complete the quiz you will be prompted to the "Registration Session Signup" page.

Begin Quiz Here!                                                                      

Registration Session Signup

New full-time students (first time in college) and part-time students are required to attend ROARS on the main campus in North Branch. Click the link below to register:

Signup for a Registration Session here!

Overview - Students will select and register for their classes with the help of Academic and Faculty Advisors as well as Student Ambassadors.

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