RCS Accounts

Your RCS account allows you access to the campus network (including printers), the Internet, the RPI Learning Management System (RPILMS), software downloads, and e-mail. Incoming freshmen students are mailed their account pickup PIN in June.

Obtaining a new RCS account/userID or password

In person...

Members of the Rensselaer community can pick up their RCS account/userID or new password at the VCC Help Desk during normal business hours (M-Th: 8:30am - 5pm, F: 8:30am - 4pm). Be sure to bring a photo ID with you.

Via e-mail...

If you have a working non-Rensselaer e-mail address, you can request your RCS userID or new password by sending e-mail to the Help Desk staff.  The request needs to include the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Your Rensselaer Identification Number (RIN)

You will be sent a "pickup pin," along with additional instructions for obtaining your new RCS userID and/or password.

Your RCS userID, which is pre-created for you, consists of the first five characters of your last name and your first initial.  If duplicate userIDs are created, a one- or two-digit number may be added at the end to make the userID unique.

Your initial temporary RCS password consists of 8 random characters, which can include letters, numbers and special characters.

This password can be changed at http://dotcio.rpi.edu/services/accounts-identity/rcs-accounts/changepassword.

A special note to graduating students

Planning to graduate soon?  The Help Desk staff has assembled some important information explaining what happens to students' accounts, e-mail, personal webpages and locker space upon graduation.