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
    • Submit standardized test reports with your high school transcript (ACT, SAT, MCA, etc.) for course placement purposes.   
    • If you do not have standardized test scores or would like to improve your course placement level, you can sign up to take the Accuplacer at
  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 Specialists or schedule an online or phone appointment with one of our Academic Advisors:

Front Desk: 507-433-0600

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