Academic and Research Computing

Academic and Research Computing


There are three basic types of accounts at Rensselaer: RCS (Rensselaer Computing System) accounts, WebCT accounts, and SIS accounts. It is important to know the difference because they are used for different purposes and with different ids and passwords.

RCS Accounts - Your RCS account allows you access to the campus network (including printers), the Internet, and e-mail. Incoming students pick up their accounts during orientation/registration. At other times, you can pick up your account at the Help Desk in the VCC. Be sure to bring a picture ID.

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 of your userid as needed to make the name unique. Your initial RCS password is a random sequence of letters, numbers, and special characters which you are given when you pick up your account and are told to change promptly.

WebCT Accounts - Your WebCT account allows you access to your WebCT courses. All students must use their RCS userid and password when logging into a WebCT course. Changing a WebCT password for a student account will have no effect on access to WebCT as the RCS password is used for authentication. On the other hand, WebCT instructor, designer, grader, and guest accounts are not based on RCS accounts and thus have unique WebCT ids and WebCT passwords which can be changed within WebCT. For more information, see WebCT Info at RPI or Student Login Help for WebCT Courses.

SIS Accounts - Your SIS account is used to access your personal information in the Student Information System. The login name is your RIN and initially, the password is your birthdate (mmddyy). The first time you use SIS, you must change the password to six numbers.