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First Time College Student

First-time College Students

Welcome to Rio Hondo College, future roadrunners! Complete the steps below to begin your educational journey. Let's get started!

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Apply to Rio Hondo College

New students must complete an online application.

You will receive your 9-digit student ID number via email within 48 hours. Once you receive your student ID number, please return to this page to complete your next steps.

Tip: During the application process you will be asked to select a major. Visit our Guided Pathways and/or Career Coach websites to explore your major options.


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Complete Your Online Orientation

Online Orientation: Orientation is required for all new students. Please note a hold will be placed on your registration until this step is completed.

Steps to complete your Online Orientation:

  1. Log into AccessRio.
  2. Select the Academic tab.
  3. Select Online Orientation.

For further assistance with completing your Online Orientation, please watch this short video.
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Complete Your Online Placement Tool

Online Placement Tool: You will be asked a series of questions based on your high school performance. These answers will determine your placement in Math, English and Reading or English as a New Language course. If necessary you may also be placed in a support course. To receive your placement results, you will need to meet with a Counselor. Please note a hold will be placed on your registration until this step is completed.

Steps to complete your Online Placement Tool:

  1. Log into AccessRio.
  2. Select the Academic tab.
  3. Select Online Placement Tool.

For further assistance with completing your Online Placement Tool, please watch this short video.
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Assessment Testing: We will continue to provide comprehensive testing services for international students and students to whom English is a new language for accurate placement. To schedule an appointment, contact the Assessment Center at (562) 463-7226.


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Create Your Educational Plan

Educational Plan: All students must meet with a Counselor to create an educational plan. Your educational plan will help guide you in reaching your academic goals. Please note a hold will be placed on your registration until this step is completed.

How to create your Educational Plan:

Select from one of the three options below:

  1. Sign up for an Educational Planning Workshop (EPW): This workshop is designed for first year college students. You will have the opportunity to learn important information and explore classes with a Counselor to develop your educational plan. To register for an EPW please click on the icon below or contact the Student Success and Dream Center at (562) 463-6650.
    Register for EPW
  2. Enroll in a Counseling 105 Course: This course is designed for first year college students to develop an educational plan with a Counselor. This 0.5 unit course will introduce you to Rio Hondo College policies, procedures, degree and transfer requirements within higher education.

Steps to Enroll in a Counseling 105 Course:

Step 1: Check the class schedule for class offerings.

Step 2: Check your AccessRio Portal for your registration appointment. This can be found on the Registration Tab under “Registration Status.”

Step 3: Enroll in the Course. You can do this by accessing your Registration Tab and selecting “Add or drop classes.”

** Enrollment in the course is FREE via Dual Enrollment. For more information please visit https://www.riohondo.edu/admissions/high-school-students/


Spring 2021 Counseling 105 Courses:

  • CRN: 36886 Saturday: 8:00am – 12:15pm – Remote Instruction ONLINE 03/06 – 03/13
  • CRN: 36882 Tuesday & Thursday: 3:00pm – 5:05pm – Remote Instruction ONLINE 02/02 – 02/11


  1. Make an appointment with a Counselor: You can make an appointment with a Counselor by contacting the Student Success and Dream Center at (562) 463-6650. Due to limited Counselor availability, we encourage the above options as alternative ways to create your educational plan!

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Apply for Financial Aid

Financial Aid: We encourage you to apply for FAFSA and/or The California Dream Act. This is required to be eligible for the Rio Hondo Promise — 2 Years FREE Tuition!

How to complete your Financial Aid:

Complete the FAFSA application online at www.fafsa.gov or California Dream Act application https://dream.csac.ca.gov/ . The financial aid application is available beginning October 1st, before the upcoming academic year begins through the last day of RHC’s Spring semester for the academic year you are requesting aid for. Please list RHC’s school code: 001269.

For more information on how to apply for for financial aid, visit www.riohondo.edu/financial-aid/how-to-apply/

For more information about the Rio Hondo Promise Program, visit www.riohondo.edu/riopromise/


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Register for Classes and Pay Fees

Registering and Paying Fees: All students must register for classes through AccessRio. Please view the class schedule for available courses and check our website for Important Registration Dates. Once you register for classes, you are required to pay your fees. You will NOT be billed. You can pay your fees through AccessRio.

How to Register for Classes:

  1. Log into AccessRio.
  2. Select the Registration tab.
  3. Select Add or Drop Classes.
  4. Select the term you are registering for.
  5. Add your course CRN numbers and click submit changes.

If classes are full, you may be placed on a waitlist. Check your RioMail for waitlist notifications. You are responsible to register and/or drop courses.

For further assistance on How to Register for Classes, please watch this short video.
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Not a first-time college student?

If you are not a first time college student, you may have different steps you need to follow. Review our options to determine what type of student you are and get the correct steps for you!

Guided Pathways – Explore Programs
click here to visit the guided pathways website

Career Coach – Explore Careers
click here to visit the Career Coach website

Virtual Welcome Center
visit the virtual welcome center

Need Help?

Contact the Student Success and Dream Center.
Zoom Meeting ID: 97013195314
Phone: (562) 463-6650
Email: studentsuccess@riohondo.edu