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Step 2: Complete Tasks in your Student Center

Step 2: Complete Tasks in your Student Center

Take care of any tasks listed in your Student Center at maricopa.edu/student-center. If you are new to college, you may have additional tasks to determine course placement, submit your transcripts, and attend new-to-college classes.

Course Placement for English, Math and Reading

If you're taking English, math or reading courses, Rio Salado College offers five options for determining your course placement: 

  • Placement using the unweighted GPA on your high school transcript
  • Placement with an ACT score
  • Placement with a GED score
  • Placement with SAT score
  • Placement Testing

Learn about course placement and the criteria used for Placement.

Note: You can submit college transcripts from prior college courses in English, math or reading to meet the prerequisite requirement in some classes. Learn about the Prerequisite Approval Process.

Work with your Success Coach

If you are here to take classes but are pursuing a degree or certificate with another college, we encourage you to work with your assigned Success Coach if you have any questions about Rio Salado College courses, processes, and/or resources. They can also speak to you about our programs, in case you are interested.

Submit Your Transcript

If you are using a previous college or university class to meet the placement requirements from outside the Maricopa Community Colleges network, submit unofficial transcripts along with the Prerequisite Verification Request Form.

Criteria used for course placement

For assistance with getting admitted, email successteam@riosalado.edu or call 480-517-8540.

New-to-college Classes

  • The New Student Orientation (NSO101) online class is automatically uploaded for first-time Rio Salado College students. This class explores helpful topics, including college success tips, college policies and resources, financial literacy, wellness and how to navigate RioLearn, the college's online learning portal. NS0101 is a free, non-credit resource to help you be successful in reaching your goals at Rio Salado. If NSO101 does not appear for you in RioLearn please email nso.instructor@riosalado.edu to get enrolled. It is estimated that NSO101 will take 1-2 hours to complete.