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Getting Started

Now that you've registered for classes, use the information on this page to get started on the next steps you should take to prepare for your class. 

Get Familiar With RioLearn

Get Familiar With RioLearn

RioLearn is the college's online learning portal where you'll take your classes. Go to the free, interactive RioLearn demonstration now to learn how to:

  • Access your online class, syllabus, lessons and gradebook
  • Communicate with your instructor
  • Find your assigned advisor and track your progress using RioCompass

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Log in to RioLearn

You'll use your MEID (your username) and password to log in to RioLearn. Review these helpful items and perform any tasks:

Log in to the Student Center

Prepare Now to Get a Head Start on Your Classes

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Gather Your Class Materials

Before your class begins:

  • Learn which class textbooks/materials you'll need: Log in to your Student Center or review your course syllabus in RioLearn 
  • Check the Rio Salado College Bookstore for textbooks and supplies
  • Book Advances allow students to use anticipated financial aid award money to purchase textbooks/supplies before classes begin
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Consider the 8-Week Class Option

Must be selected within 7 days of the class start date

  • Only some Rio Salado classes are offered in an 8-week format
  • The condensed 8 week option may not be suitable for all students
  • Don't submit any assignments before selecting this option
  • Tip: Speak with an academic advisor to learn which classes are right for your chosen path
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Submit Your First Class Assignment

Your first assignment is due the first week of class

  • You could be dropped from a class if you fail to submit your class's first assignment in RioLearn
  • Log in to RioLearn before your class begins to see if there's an assignment that will be due
  • Questions about how to submit assignments? Call 480-517-8380 with your questions
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Complete New Student Orientation

NSO101 New Student Orientation Class

  • It's a free, non-credit class that only takes a few hours to finish
  • NSO101 is available in RioLearn the Monday after you register for your first class
  • Learn about college policies, financial options, student success tips and more
  • NSO101 is automatically uploaded for first-time Rio Salado College students who are pursuing a program. If NSO101 does not appear for you in RioLearn, email nso.instructor@riosalado.edu to get enrolled
  • New degree-seeking students also need to register for FYE 101 or FYE 103. Your advisor can provide additional information.
Network with other Rio Salado Students

Network with other Rio Salado Students

Develop important connections with students and others in the Rio Salado College community. Start networking here:

Resources that Enhance Your Learning Experience

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Online Tools You'll use

Learn about two important online tools you'll use as a Rio Salado student

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Block Calendar Scheduling

Planning to earn a degree/certificate from Rio? Make sure your classes meet Block Calendar requirements

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Managing Stress

Tips by Rio Salado counselors for managing stress and improving your academic success

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