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Step 3: Register for Classes

New to College?

If you are new to Rio Salado College, you are automatically enrolled in the New Student Orientation (NSO101) class. It's a free, non-credit, non-graded class that gives you an overview of Rio Salado College and RioLearn, the online learning system you'll use. 

  • NSO101 is available in RioLearn the Monday after you register for your first class.
  • You have four weeks to complete NSO101. This online class takes takes about two hours.

Submitting Transcripts

Active duty and Veterans, their spouses and dependents using benefits, must submit transcripts from all previous education and training before registering for courses. Without this evaluation, students using VA education benefits cannot be certified for courses.

The use of Military Tuition Assistance (MiTA) and GI Bill® education benefits requires you submit to an official or unofficial transcript from all colleges and universities you have attended. Submit the Transcript Evaluation Form and attach your Joint Service Transcript or CCAF transcript, CLEP/DSST scores. Email or call (800) 517-8590 with questions.

Teacher Education Programs

If you plan to pursue teacher education programs and want an evaluation of prior education or content area courses, use the Transcript Evaluation Form for Teacher Education Programs.

Prerequisite Approval Process

If you need to take a course that has a prerequisite not taken through Maricopa Community Colleges, you must complete the prerequisite approval process. You can submit unofficial transcripts to complete Rio Salado's prerequisite approval process.

Prerequisite Approval Process

Enrolling in English, Reading or Math?

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

Note: You can also submit college transcripts from prior college courses in English, math or reading.

Need Assistance Getting Admitted or Registering for Classes?

Contact Military Academic Advisement Office at (800) 517-8590 or email

GI BillGI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site.