Transitioning back to Rensselaer

Welcome back! We hope your return to Rensselaer goes as smooth as possible. Here are suggestions to help you along the way. Feel free to contact our office if you run into any difficulty or if you have questions.

While you were away there were many important communications regarding COVID-19 and protocols for students. As a returning student it is important that you make yourself aware of these and comply.

For more information on our COVID-19 policies >>



All readmitted students will meet within the first two weeks of the semester with their Dean.  This is a very important meeting and failure to schedule may result in holds on your account or rescinding your readmission.  At this meeting we will discuss your leave and make a plan for your successful reacclimatization to campus.

Schedule your meeting with your Class Dean.

Your readmission may have conditions like providing final transcripts from other institutions, meeting with your Class Dean regularly, or making Health Center or Counseling Center appointments, etc. Be sure to address these as soon as possible.

If you live in a residence hall, this will be updated for you. Be sure your permanent address is accurate.

  • Log-on to
  • Click “Update Your Address/Change Your PIN”
  • Click “Update your Address”

  • Log-on to
  • Click “Update Your Address/Change Your PIN”
  • Click “Update your RPIAlert phone number”

Other "To Do's"

If you have been physically away from the campus for one year or more, you must complete a new health form. Documents can be loaded online. Please contact the Student Health Center at (518) 276-6287 for details.

We now have additional security steps to access your Rensselaer email, SIS, and other university applications from your laptop, tablet, or phone. While off campus, you will have to connect to the VPN with a multi-factor authentication to access any of these Rensselaer applications. When connected to campus WiFi, VPN connection is not needed.

Check in with the ID desk on the first floor of the Rensselaer Union. They can reset your ID.

Contact the VCC Help Desk in person or email with your RIN and RCS ID.

Work with the Registrar’s office. Forms can be found online at and can be turned in to their office on the 2000-level of Academy Hall or emailed to

Things may have changed between when you made your academic plan and when you are approved to register. Be sure the classes you are taking are appropriate and will work towards your degree. 

Join or re-join clubs and activities to stay active. There may even be some new ones since you were last here!

Dining options may have changed since you were last at Rensselaer – head to for information on plans and how to sign up (you can even sign up online).

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