New Students


NEXT STEPS GUIDE - A monthly to-do list, upcoming important dates and deadlines, registration information, contact information and more

If you were unable to attend the Information sessions in February, here is what you missed: click here

If you have questions in regards to your application and/or admission to your program please contact admissions [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (Admissions)


Step One: Getting Started and Accessing your Loop Account

Welcome to Red Deer College! There are some important things you need to know before you register for classes. The following instructions on this page apply to students who have been admitted (either clearly or conditionally) to the following programs:  

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Education Elementary - including Middle Years
  • Bachelor of Education Secondary
  • Bachelor of Science (all majors with the exception of Bsc Nursing and Bsc Engineering)
  • Educational Assistant
  • Early Learing and Childcare
  • Kinesiology
  • Management Certificate
  • Open Studies

If you are admitted to the following program, you will need to meet with the advisor at the Donald School of Business (dsbinfo [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca) before registering.  

  • Bachelor of Business Administration Program (BBA)

If you are admitted to the Academic Upgrading program, you will not be able to register until you have completed the online assessments. Please go to for your registration process.

Students admitted to Pre-Set Programs will be able to view their schedule on the Loop in the spring and will not need to register for courses.

What do you need? 

Scheduling Grid
Academic Planning guide for your program
• Time - Selecting courses, building your schedule and completing your registration can be time consuming.

Logging into The Loop

Your Loop account is the main resource for all activities involving choosing and registering in courses.

• You will need to access your account before you can register for courses
• Review the Loop password recovery process, contact the Service Centre at 403.342.3580 or via servicedesk [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (email) if you are unable to log into your Loop account

Early registration is important for the best access to preferred times and high demand courses.

Step Two: Register Online through your Loop Account

Click on Registration in the sidebar and then Academic Advising:

  • Read the the HOW TO REGISTER section.
  • Print your scheduling grid and use your Academic Planning Guide to find the courses you need to take.
  • Review the information in your School channel for program specific information, walk-in times and more

Step Three: Review Important Information

Review the following:
• Academic Schedule : Be aware of important dates and deadlines (first day of classes, tuition due dates, course add/drop, withdrawal deadlines, final exam week, etc)
Academic Policies : As a student, what are your obligations and responsibilities?
Alberta Transfer Guide : Check transferability of your courses to Alberta universities.
Registration Checklist : Use to ensure you have completed all the items required.

Step Four: Do you have previous Transfer Credit?

If you have previously attended another post-secondary institution and you wish to have your transcripts assessed for credit at RDC you will need to apply for prior learning. Do this early as there may be implications upon what courses you do or do not take.

Step Five: Career Planning

Unsure of what you want to do with your degree or diploma program? Contact the Career Counselling Centre for guidance with career research and decision making. You can stop in to see them in Room 1402, or send an employmentservices [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (e-mail) for more information.

Step Six: Request a Registration Review

Once you have completed your registration, you have the opportunity to request an Advisor to  review your course choices as they pertain to your program. In the Advising & Recruiting Centre channel, there is a link to the Registration Review form. Fill out the information required and submit. An Advisor will get back to you within 5-7 business days.


If you have questions about your registration please contact your program advisor. Please include your RDC ID# (found on your admission letter)

Phone queue: 403.342.3585 (for general information select extension 7)

School of Arts &Sciences
Joseph Fittes, Carmen Cookson-Hills Room 2203  Email: artscienceinfo [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

Donald School of Business
Call 403.342.3585 ext 2 to book an appointment
Cindy Ruzycki, Marie Litwinski Room DSB 503H  Email: dsbinfo [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

School of Creative Arts
Courtney Johnston Room AC 142  Email: creativearts [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

School of Education
(BEdE, BEDS, BEdS/BSc, ELCC, EDAS, Academic Upgrading) ext 4
Caroline Graham, Verna Penner Room 2510  Email: education [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

School of Health Sciences
Daniel Bustamante Room 1509  Email: healthsciences [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

School of Trades and Technologies
(EET, IET, MET, Apprenticeship) ext 6
Carla Hedin Room 2915-F  Email: tradesandtechnologies [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca