Registering for Classes

Get Started

Current Students

Current students can search classes and register online through Self Service. If you prefer to work with advisor, you can schedule an appointment online.

Go to Self Service

New Students

If you are a new student at Rock Valley College, you will need to complete our Getting Started steps before you are eligible to register for classes.

Getting Started at RVC

Priority Registration

Students (enrolled within the last year) who have accumulated a certain number of credit hours are eligible to register earlier, through priority registration.

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Plan Your Schedule

Meet with an Academic and Transfer Advisor by scheduling an appointment online or contacting (815) 921-4100 or Walk-in advising is also available on the second floor of the Student Center, Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.

Schedule Appointment Online

Registration Options


Almost all general education/transfer courses at RVC have the option to waitlist. When registering for classes, if you find that a section is full, you may have the option to join the waitlist for that course. Please note: You may not add yourself to the waitlist for multiple sections of the same course. You will receive an alert that your request has been processed. When a seat becomes available, if you are next in line on the waitlist, you will receive an email to your student email informing you of the available seat. It is your responsibility to register for the class within the time specified in the email or you will forfeit the opportunity to obtain the seat. 

When you receive the email that a seat is available, go to Self Service, choose Manage My Waitlist, register for the class, and make payment arrangements. Once you have successfully registered for the course, you will receive an email to your student email confirming your registration was successful. 

Add, Drop, or Withdraw

Once you have registered for classes, you can add or drop before the start of the semester. After classes start, please refer to the registration deadlines listed on the website calendar.

  • You may add a course during the first seven days of the semester, if you are currently enrolled at RVC for the semester. You must obtain an Authorization to Add Form from the faculty member teaching the course. The form must be submitted to the Records & Registration office prior to attending the course.
  • You may drop a course prior to the last day for tuition refunds. A drop means the course is "erased" from your record so that the transcript will not show you attempted the course. If the course was already paid for, a refund will be generated. You may drop courses during the specified period in-person or via Self Service.
  • You may withdraw from a course after the last day for tuition refunds and before the last day to withdraw. A withdraw means the course remains on your academic record. A "W" will be listed and no refund will be given. The "W" mark does not impact your GPA but may impact the your financial aid. You may withdraw from courses using our withdraw form.
  • Rock Valley College reserves the right to administratively withdraw at midterm those students who are not actively pursuing the course. You may also be withdrawn for emergency or disciplinary reasons or if you are enrolled in courses inconsistent with placement testing and course prerequisites.

Auditing a Course

If you wish to audit a course without receiving credit you must visit Records & Registration. If auditing a course, you must pay full tuition and fees. Changes may be made from credit to audit, or vice versa, only during the open registration period. Audits are not allowed for non-credit courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Need technical assistance? Stop by the Welcome Desk, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also call (815) 921-4250 or email

Having password problems? Reset your password online.

Log in to your RVC Gmail account to view the priority registration email that is sent approximately five weeks prior to registration.

Based on the number of RVC credits earned (includes courses under and above 100 level) as well as any additional coursework from other colleges you have had reviewed to apply to your RVC degree/certificate. Evaluations must be completed no less than five weeks prior to your assigned priority date to be used in the computation of completed hours. 

A computer program assigns students to specific dates. 

You can register as early as your assigned date. After that date you may make schedule changes until registration for the semester ends. Refer to our calendar for the last day to register for a given semester. 

You can register Monday through Friday via the following methods: in-person or via Self Service. In-person registration hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

Priority Registration was implemented in response to a significant amount of student feedback received from previous registration periods due to high volume and length of time necessary to register on the first day. In addition, priority registration is meant to give priority to the students who are close to graduation so that they may enroll in the required courses needed to graduate.