The New Student Advising Office, Testing & Career Services is located in the James A. Rhodes Center, and serves as the central advising and scheduling office for freshmen and transfer students who have not yet declared an academic major. A primary goal of the office is to assist students with the declaration of a major, with an emphasis on major declaration by the end of the student’s second semester of enrollment. The Office also advises those students seeking admission into Rio Grande’s Holzer School of Nursing, and it is the central office for the advising and registration of College Credit Plus (CCP) students.

English and math assessments* are required, and these assessments determine the courses for which a student registers. Currently, for assessment, the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College uses Accuplacer for math placement and Writeplacer for writing/English placement. Students may use qualifying ACT or SAT scores instead of taking the English and math placement tests.

*Students transferring in English and/or math credits may not need to placement test. If you have any questions on whether or not a placement test is required, please call 740.245.7004.

The office serves as a resource for those seeking information and assistance in choosing a career or change in careers. Opportunities for full and part-time employment and internships are accessible at the office, and through registration with the online job board. Advisors are available to assist students and alumni with resume writing, (mock) interviewing, and other aspects of job preparation. The office annually hosts, in the spring and prior to Commencement, a career fair.

Students who plan to use the career services are asked to contact the office well in advance of their plans to use these services.

Various assessments are conducted through this office, which is a test site for the following:

ACCUPLACER (for course placement)
ACT (American College Testing)
CASTLE
CLEP (College Level Examination Test)
COMIRA (certification exams and educational testing)
GMAT (Graduate Admission Test)
KRYTERION
PEARSON VUE (certification exams)
PROV
Other test publications are available upon request.