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Your first week of college: 8 things you need to know

Starting college can be a whirlwind of emotions and new experiences. You're talking to new people, learning new names, sitting in different classes, and wandering around in a new space. It can be a lot going on at once, but we don't want you to be stressed. That's why we've made things a little easier and outlined key items you need to know.


Here are 8 things you need to know for your first week of college:

  1. Pay fees and tuition. Probably the most important one.
  2. Parking is limited and purchased on a first-come-first-serve basis so don't wait too long. Apply for a spot here.
  3. Log in to the student portal, TheLoop. It has your class schedule, grades, important dates, news and basically everything you need to know.
  4. Get your lockers, purchase used books and transit passes, learn about your student health and dental plan and other services offered by your Students' Association.
  5. Don't forget to buy your textbooks, course materials and additional supplies. Visit the Campus Store and The Pulse in person on RDC's main campus or avoid line-ups and order online.
  6. Your iCard is your multi-purpose student ID. Avoid lineups by uploading your photo and have it pre-printed before coming to the main campus.
  7. Mark your calendar with these important dates from the academic schedule.
  8. Get connected to all of the awesome student services available to you while you're at RDC.


Still have some lingering questions? Chat with our Student Connect Centre.


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