Rochester Christian University


Top 10 FAQs every freshman asks before starting college

We know navigating college as a freshman can be stressful, so we’re here to help you by answering some of the most commonly asked questions.

  1. Q: What major or field of study should I choose?

Our advising team is happy to help you explore different major options and connect students with faculty to discuss programs! We offer a diverse range of academic programs rooted in a Christian worldview, including majors in theology, biblical studies, education, psychology, business, and more. Our curriculum integrates faith and learning to provide students with a holistic education that prepares them for success in their chosen field.

  1. Q: How do I navigate the course registration process?

An assigned advisor will build a schedule based on your preferences. Any changes needed to be made can be done via email discussion with your advisor or on Crimson Day (orientation day).

  1. Q: What resources are available for academic support and tutoring?

Tutoring is offered through the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) lab. Rochester Christian University is committed to providing appropriate services and accommodations that allow identified students with disabilities access to academic programs, housing, or institutional offerings. Students with a disability must self-identify, request accommodations, and provide documentation to support the request.Students can also request accommodations with documentation. All services and resources are free to RCU students.

  1. Q: How can I get involved in clubs, organizations, and extracurricular activities?

There are so many opportunities to get involved on campus! Students can be recruited for the following sports at RCU: basketball, volleyball, baseball, wrestling, soccer, cheerleading, bowling, cross country, track and field, golf, lacrosse, and eSports. Clubs include Student Business Senate, National Society of Leadership and Society, Pre-Health Society, Student Nursing Association, student media creation (Shield Media), and Creative Writing Club. In addition, Student Life provides many opportunities to get involved on campus throughout the school year.

  1. Q: What is campus life like, and what amenities are available on campus?

Our campus provides a range of academic support services, including tutoring, writing assistance, academic advising, and access to library resources. We also offer study groups and workshops to help students develop essential study skills and succeed academically. In addition, the Spiritual Life area of Student Life at Rochester Christian University exists to provide the campus community with opportunities for spiritual growth and reflection that lead to deeper connection with self, God, and others, as we seek to participate in greater service with God’s world. Spiritual Formation Opportunities include bible studies, small groups, monthly worship night, and more. 

  1. Q: What is the GPA/testing requirement for admission?

Rochester Christian University is test optional and a minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for admission.

  1. Q: What opportunities are there for internships, research, and hands-on experience in my field?

Career Support maintains the university’s online postings for internships and full and part-time employment opportunities, works with academic departments to help connect students with internship opportunities and provides a variety of resources to students seeking to explore career options.

  1. Q: What housing options are available, and how do I apply for on-campus housing?

Our campus offers on-campus housing, providing students with a supportive and vibrant community where they can live and learn together. Campus life is characterized by a strong sense of community, fellowship, and mutual support among students.

  1. Q: What financial aid options are available, and how do I apply for scholarships, grants, and loans?

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply for financial aid. In addition, students can sign the RCU Pledge, our Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). More information on the RCU Pledge can be found here:

Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships on a yearly basis. More information can be found here:

  1. Q: What support services are available for mental health, wellness, and counseling?

A: Mental health counseling is available through the MacKinnon Psychology and Counseling Clinic by appointment only. More info can be found here:

Additionally, students should feel encouraged to ask questions and seek guidance from advisors, mentors, and campus resources to make the most of their college experience.