Cross Registration FAQ

What is cross registration?

Cross registration is a program in which eligible RACC students have the opportunity to take classes at neighboring Berks County colleges and universities at the RACC tuition rate.

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Which schools are participating in cross registration?

Albright, Alvernia, Kutztown, and Penn State-Berks.

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What are the benefits to cross registration?

Explore other classes and subjects that RACC does not offer; try out a school you are considering for transfer and/or take a 300 or 400 level course in your future bachelor’s degree program. Additionally, you can do all this at RACC’s affordable tuition.

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How many courses may I take at a time?

One per RACC semester, excluding summer.

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Can I cross register if I am a part-time student?

No. You need be registered for 12 credits at RACC (full-time) to be eligible for the cross registration program

If I am a new student, starting RACC in the fall, may I take a cross registration class that semester?

No. In order to be eligible for cross registration, you must have a GPA of 2.5 established at RACC.

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What do I do when I want to transfer to a 4-year institution?

When applying to a 4-year school, you must request your RACC transcript to be sent to that school. The RACC equivalency course number will appear on your transcript as if you took the course at RACC. However, a notation will be placed on the transcript indicating the type of course, the host college and the host school’s course number. Some schools will require a transcript from the host school. However, it will be your responsibility to keep a copy of the syllabus in your possession. Some host schools do not record your course on an official transcript. (ie. PSU).

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Do I need to get a transcript from the host school in order to get my final grades?

No. The host registrar will send your final grade to the RACC Records Manager who will place the grade on your transcript.

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If the course I wish to take does not fit into my RACC program of study but I still want to take the course can I request a waiver?

All waivers must be requested through your academic advisor.

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If I fail the cross registered course, may I take it again?

Yes, however you must take the same course at the same school provided the host school allows.

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If I fail a cross registered course, may I take a different course?

No. You must receive a “C” or better in the original course before you may be permitted to continue participating in the cross registration program.

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How do I know when I’m in the class/registered?

When you are registered, you will receive a fully-executed copy of the Cross Registration form along with your RACC statement.

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What if I receive a bill from the host school?

Take the bill to the RACC Records Manager. Do not pay the host school.

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How will I find out about books, parking, room numbers, etc. at the host school?

On the host school’s website, you will find a campus map, bookstore information, and room assignments. Textbooks, etc. are your financial responsibility. Contact the host school’s registrar/records office should you have difficulty finding any of this information.

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How will the host school know who I am if I am stopped by security when purchasing books, etc.?

You must carry your cross registration schedule with you at all times for ID purposes.

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What if I drop one of my classes (either at the host school or the home school)?

In order to drop a course, you must speak with the RACC Records Manager, or the Transfer Center staff to process your request. Do not drop the Cross Registration class on WebAdvisor. Arrange your schedule so that no schedule changes are necessary. If it is determined that you drop your RACC classes and are no longer considered to be a full-time student, you will be removed from the course. You must stay full-time status from the beginning of the semester through the census date of all your courses. You must pay the full tuition for all courses and receive grades for all courses. A “W” will count as a grade. Policies regarding the dropping of a cross registered course are the same as the standard RACC policies for dropping. Withdrawing twice will make you ineligible to continue in the cross registration program. There will be no dropping and adding after the semester at the host school begins. Failure to comply with the drop/add policies specific to Cross Registration could result in a bill from the host school and/or a failing grade.

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Can I change my Cross Registered course once I submit my paperwork?

No. However, you are free to alter your RACC class schedule even after the Cross Registration paperwork is submitted.

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Can I audit a cross registration course?

See the Records Manager to discuss this further.

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How far in advance must I register for a cross registered course?

Ten days prior to the start of the RACC semester. (provided the host school allows).

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How do I handle special accommodations at the host school?

Contact the Disabilities Services office at the host school to self disclose.

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