There are two basic types of accounts at Rensselaer:
RCS (Rensselaer Computing System) 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
on-line during the summer. Others can pick up their 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
You use your RCS account to access the RPI Learning
Management System (RPILMS).
SIS Accounts - Your SIS account is used to
access your personal information in the Student Information System . The
login name is your RIN (Rensselaer ID Number beginning with
660) and initially, the password is your birthdate (mmddyy
format). The first time you use SIS, you must change the