Preparing students for the Raritan Valley Community College experience is an important and essential process as students begin their programs of study. The College recognizes that students need an understanding of all services available to them to optimize their college career. To acquaint and expose newly admitted students and their parents/families to this experience, Raritan Orientation Advising Registration Session (R.O.A.R.S.) programs are planned each semester.
New students can take advantage of the programs and services offered by the First-Year Experience (FYE) Office including: New Student Orientation (R.O.A.R.S.), Weeks of Welcome Activities, Student Success Partner Program, First- Year Advising, First-Year Seminar Course and Student Success Workshops and Programs. The FYE Office is located on the 1st floor of the College Center.
Every student has the opportunity to use the academic advisement services provided by the academic advisors. Assistance is provided in course selection, program choice, and long-term academic planning. Students experiencing academic difficulty are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor or counselor.
A student interested in changing from one program to another or enrolling in a dual major must consult with an academic advisor or counselor. The student will receive curriculum information for the new program and be advised of any conditions of admission to the new program.
Students can meet Advisors or Counselors by appointment, during posted Advising Drop-In Hours, or at workshops and special events. Students can obtain information about academic programs by checking the RVCC website, using records and registration tools on the Lion’s Den Student Services tab, or emailing an Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about Advising & Counseling Services and answers to frequently asked questions are available on the RVCC website, QuickLinks: Advising & Counseling.
Personal/Mental Health Counseling
Counselors provide students the opportunity to discuss, in confidence, any personal or social problem. Counseling staff seeks to help students develop the ability to cope with and solve problems independently. When appropriate, the counselors will assist students via referrals to mental health centers, substance abuse treatment, or other community resources. Any student in distress or aware of a student in distress should contact Advising & Counseling Services in the College Center.
Students seeking accommodations for documented disabilities are offered services through the Disability Services Office, in the College Center. Students must submit documentation to the Coordinator of Disability Services in order to receive accommodations. This should be done as early as possible. Handicapped parking tags must be obtained from the NJ Department of Motor Vehicles to use designated spaces on campus.
For complete procedures, visit the RVCC website at www.raritanval.edu and go to Disability Services under QuickLinks; or call (908) 526-1200, extension 8418.
Students are encouraged to begin plans for transfer to Bachelor Degree programs within their first two semesters. Advisors and counselors are available in the Advising & Counseling Office by appointment to assist in developing a plan. Transfer and Instant Decision Days are scheduled throughout each semester, as well as workshops and programs about transfer options.
Raritan Valley Community College is approved for the enrollment of veterans and survivors or dependents of veterans under Title 38 of the U.S. Code and selected reservists under Title 10 of the U.S. Code.
Raritan Valley Community College provides current and prospective service members with the tools they need to succeed. From the application process to graduation, we take a proactive approach to the educational process and help students connect with the necessary campus and off-campus resources, as well as other service members. Academic Advising, personal counseling, veteran benefit administration, are among the services provided.
For additional information, please call (908) 526-1200, extension 8452.
Servicemember’s Opportunity College
Raritan Valley Community College has been identified by the American Association of Community Colleges as a Servicemember’s Opportunity College (SOC) providing educational assistance to active duty servicemen and servicewomen.
International Student Services
The office of International Student Services assists international students in all matters related to their life at Raritan Valley Community College. This includes orientation to life on campus and beyond our campus. The office also helps to familiarize international students with American culture in general. Orientation is held prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters.
The office specializes in immigration assistance. Students meet individually with advisors for assistance with U.S. immigration regulations, as well as academic, cultural, financial, and personal adjustment. The office serves as a liaison with foreign consular offices, U.S. government agencies/departments and university offices.
International Student Services is located within the office of Enrollment Services on the 1st floor of the College Center. Appointments may be arranged in person or by telephone at (908) 526-1200, extension 8330, 8336 or 8452.