Tools for Students

Below are several tools and resources that are available to all students:

SMARTHINKING: Online writing and tutoring service to help students succeed. Students can connect with live tutors from any computer that has Internet access. Online tutoring service is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students may log in using their Blackboard login user ID and password. Service is free for all RGC students.

LIBRARY SERVICES: Are available to all RGC students through the Southwest Texas Junior College (SWTJC) Libraries at all three sites with your RGC ID. Anyone based in Uvalde, Del Rio, or Eagle Pass may utilize the library services, resources, and computers available in those buildings, along with the online services and resources provided from the SRSU librarians on the Alpine campus. The Southwest Texas Junior College Library buildings in Uvalde, Del Rio, and Eagle Pass also act as the InterLibrary Loan hubs for RGC students, staff, and faculty. More information can be found here:

TUTORING:  Tutoring is now available at all three campuses.  Please check your local campus bulletins for schedules. Tutors are available by appointment or on a walk-in basis.

FACULTY ADVISING: Faculty advisers are assigned to all students for assistance with their degree plan. Students may visit with their faculty adviser to discuss applicability of credits toward degree program and graduation requirements. Students also consult their adviser before enrolling in classes each semester.

GO CENTER/RESOURCE CENTER: Resource center available for all students. Education majors can check out useful items for student teaching and class projects.  Scanners are now available for student use. Please check your local campus for hours of operation.

FACEBOOK:  Join our online community on Facebook. Facebook fans are able to view updates, deadlines, and interact with peers.  You can access the RGC page by visiting and click on the Facebook icon.  This will take you directly to RGC’s Facebook page.  If you do not have a profile on Facebook, you will need to set one up using your name and email address.  Please note this service is free of charge.

CHILD CARE SERVICES: are available through your local Workforce Center.  If you are attending school, are in training, or have a job, you may qualify for child care services. Contact your local Workforce Center or dial 211 for additional information.  Del Rio: 830-774-4741; Eagle Pass: 830-773-1191; Uvalde: 830-278-4491.

NATIONAL STUDENT CLEARINGHOUSE: is a service where students can request official transcripts, enrollment verification and degree verification. There is a fee to the student per request. Please visit

STUDENT HANDBOOK: Please take the time to review the student handbook by visiting this link on our website

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS: For a complete listing of Student Organizations/clubs, please see

STUDENT ID CARDS:  Please visit your local student services office to obtain your RGC student photo ID card.  IDs are needed for all RGC students.  No charge for student ID cards.  Remember to update your sticker ID for every semester you attend.

TEXTBOOKS: Please note that textbooks can be ordered online at or by calling 432-837-8194 in Alpine.

CLASSIFIEDS:  To list items to buy or sell, looking at employment opportunities, something lost or something found, rides wanted, apartments or houses for rent, etc., use the Sul Ross Classifieds, which allow you to advertise your items. Please login, (as you would normally login to RGC), to this website at to post your items.

DISABILITY SERVICES:  RGC provides accommodations for students with disabilities.  Students must provide legal documentation of disability. Please call 830-758-5006 or Kathy Biddick at 830.279.3003 for additional information.

TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT: Please call the Alpine campus at 432-837-8888 or contact your local RGC campus for technical support.

DR Campus: 830-703-4818, EP campus: 830-758-5010, UV campus: 830-279-3045

BLACKBOARD:  To log onto Blackboard for the first time, please contact OIT help desk at 432-837-8888.  Representatives are available 24 hours a day.

HELP SERVICES AND COUNSELING: Uvalde SWTJC Nurse located at La Forge Building from Monday – Thursday: 8 am to 5 pm, Friday: 8 am – 4 pm, closed on weekend, between semesters and during the summer session. Alpine Counseling & Prevention Center (432) 837-8203; Del Rio MHMR (Del Rio DD Services) 410 Veterans Blvd. (830) 775-1334; Eagle Pass (Maverick Mental Health Clinic) 757 E. Rio Grande St. (830)773-5696; Uvalde County Mental Health Center, 328 Crystal City Hwy (830) 278-2501. Mrs. Brenda G. Hoffman is also available at the Eagle Pass SWTJC campus at (830) 758-4102 or by email

PARKING PERMITS: SWTJC provides all parking permits for students; make sure to stop by the main office to pick up yours today.

TexShare CARDS: Current Sul Ross students, faculty, and staff are eligible to apply for a TexShare borrower's card which entitles them to borrow books at any participating library throughout Texas.

Cards for students are valid for one semester at a time, since eligibility is dependent on enrollment.

Faculty and staff cards expire on August 31st of each year.

To apply online, go to the “Apply for a Texshare Card” page on the SRSU Library web site (From the home page, click on “Information for Students” then click “Page on TexShare” under “TexShare Cards.” Finally click “apply online” and submit the completed form.)

To apply in person, Alpine campus students must bring their current Sul Ross photo ID card to the Information Desk on the 1st floor of the Library and request an application.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at (432) 837-8313 or the Information Desk at (432) 837-8272.

FINANCIAL LITERACY: With the escalating costs of higher education and the rising debt carried by college graduates, schools across the country are attempting to improve the financial literacy of their students. Offering tuition payment plans and federal financial aid options are examples of important steps, but we are also offering this financial literacy program that includes an online tutorial for your benefit; “Cashcourse.”

Being financially literate makes a world of a difference as you become an informed and effective decision maker. Visit for more information and resources on financial decision making as a graduate student and in your personal life! You will also find links to General Financial Literacy Websites, Financial Literacy for College Students and Smart Borrowing – Student Loans. Don’t hesitate to take this opportunity!

STUDENT SAFETY AND SECURITY: Listed below are several websites dealing with student safety, on campus and off.

Campus Safety - from the RGC website:  This site deals with various forms of campus violence and provides numbers for local Sheriff, Police, and Fire Department in each site.  See more at

The Southwest Texas Junior College Campus Police Department - provides the University with security services 24-hour a day, seven days a week, on all three of Rio Grande College campuses. The Department is staffed by sworn officers with full law enforcement powers and responsibilities who are trained to enforce University rules and regulations along with federal, state and local laws.  If, for any reason, you feel insecure with your surroundings or if you witness a crime taking place any of the on the RGC campuses, give them a call.  If you want to see more information about the SWTJC Campus Police Department’s Crime Prevention and other policies go to this website -

Emergency Response Plan – SRSU Rio Grande College in cooperation with Southwest Texas Junior College Emergency Response Plan:
The purpose of the Emergency Response Plan is to establish a response to natural and man-made emergencies.  This response system is committed to supporting the welfare of its students, faculty, staff and visitors.  It is designed to maximize human safety and the preservation of property with the goal of managing the emergency, restoring RGC to normal operations, and assuring responsive communication to all appropriate parties.  This website addresses emergency procedures such as bombs and bomb threats, arson, assaults on individuals and groups, and ways to prevent hostage situations.