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Open SUNY Online Degree Checklist

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Academic II, Room 2105

eLearning Call Center

Questions about Open SUNY's Online Degrees?
We're here to help if you need any assistance!


Please use the following 10-step checklist.

You can also download the Online Degree Checklist.

Note: If you are a transfer student, please see the Transfer Student Online Degree Checklist.

checkbox Step 1. Ensure you're ready to pursue an online degree.

Online courses often require different skills than those in a face-to-face course.

  • Take this Open SUNY quick readiness quiz to find out if you have the skills, preparation and mindset to succeed in an online class.

checkbox Step 2. Complete the online RCC application.

  • Apply Now on the RCC website.
  • Receive a confirmation and a welcome email after completing the application.

checkbox Step 3. Arrange for English and Math Placement Exam with Placement and Assessment and take the Accuplacer placement test at a college near you.

All degree-seeking students are required to take the Accuplacer exams to establish their course level placement.

checkbox Step 4. Check your mail for your RCC Acceptance Letter/Packet.

NOTE: This important communication confirms your student account and contains your RCC user ID and temporary password.

checkbox Step 5. Activate your RCC User ID in the myRCC portal.

  1. Click the myRCC icon located in the upper right hand corner of the RCC website.
  2. Enter your RCC User ID and temporary password.
  3. Create a new password.
  4. Establish your security questions/answers in case you need to recover your password.

checkbox Step 6. Contact the Advisement Center to schedule an online appointment with your online Advisor after you have your Placement results.

  • Advisement is required before you can register for classes.
  • Video-based Advisement chat sessions are conducted via Google Hangouts.
  • During this video chat session, you will also confirm your identity with your picture ID.

checkbox Step 7. Register for classes.

  • Please note that you will only be able to register for classes after you have attended your online Advisement session.

checkbox Step 8. Pay for your classes with the Bursar.

checkbox Step 9. Log in to your student account in the myRCC Portal.

  • The myRCC portal is where you will be able to access all eResources.
  • Click the myRCC icon located in the upper right hand corner of the RCC website.
  • Enter your RCC User ID and password.

checkbox Step 10. Begin your classes.

  • In the myRCC portal, click the Blackboard icon in the myRCC LaunchPad (upper left corner) which provides access to Blackboard for your online classroom experience.
  • Take the Open SUNY Student Orientation on the My Institution home page, which will acquaint you with Blackboard.

OPEN SUNY Online Degrees


Have more questions? Contact Antony Ephrem of eLearning at or 845-574-4713.