New Students

I am a first-time college student. I have never attended another college, nor taken any college courses. I wish to complete a degree/program at Riverland.  

  1. Complete a College Application
  2. Submit High School Transcripts or GED
    • It is not required to submit a High School Transcript or GED, but it is highly recommended you do so.
    • Contact your high school guidance office to request an official transcript be sent to Riverland or submit a copy of your GED certificate. 
    • If you are having trouble getting in touch with your high school counselor to send your transcript or test scores, please email 
  3. Complete or Submit Test Scores
    • If you have them, ask your high school to include any standardized test reports with your transcripts (ACT, SAT, MCA, etc.)
    • If you do not have the above, or if you want to score better than what you did on those tests, you can sign up to take the Accuplacer

  4. Apply for Financial Aid (If applicable)
  5. Online Orientation
    • All New Students are required to complete the Online Orientation prior to setting up your Advising and Registration Appointment.
    • You'll receive the link to Online Orientation in your acceptance letter.
  6. Advising & Registration Appointment
    • You will be instructed to set up an Advising & Registration Appointment with your assigned advisor at the end of Online Orientation.
    • Make sure we have received at least one of the following prior to your appointment: 
      • Your High School Transcript (if you graduated in the last 10 years)
      • Scores from ACT, SAT, and MCA testing (if taken within the last 5 years) or accuplacer scores. 
      • Transcripts for any college-level coursework taken at an accredited college or university
    • You will create an academic plan and register for classes at your Advising and Registration Appointment.
    • Questions - email
  7. Apply for Riverland Scholarships
  8. Buy your books at the Riverland Bookstore

Need Assistance?

We're here to help. Contact Admissions or schedule an online or phone appointment with one of our Academic Advisors:

Front Desk: 507-433-0600

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