New Student Information

  Welcome to Rio!

Welcome to Rio Grande! We are so excited you’ve decided to join the Rio family! As you are preparing for fall, be sure to schedule an appointment with your Student Success Coach. You’ll schedule your fall classes during this in-person or virtual appointment as well as your orientation. See below to determine who you need to meet with to schedule your classes. 

Please bookmark this page as a place for you to refer to as well for information. 

Meet Your Student Success Coaches


Student Success Coach Kristen

Kristen Mershon

Student Success Coach
Students Last Name A-G

Student Success Coach Steve Large

Steve Large

Student Success Coach
Students Last Name  H-O

Student Success Coach Emily

Emily Thomas

Student Success Coach
Students P-Z


Student Success Coach Kristen

Misty Napier

McArthur Center Director

Office: (740) 645-7993
307 West High Street
McArthur, Ohio  45651

Student Success Coach Steve Large

Beth Zinn

Jackson Center Director

Office: (740) 288-0284 
980 E. Main Street
Jackson Ohio 45640

Student Success Coach Emily

Tom Sutton

Meigs Center Director

Office: (740) 992-1880
42377 Charles Chancey Drive
Pomeroy, OH 45769 


Student Space

Student Space is a Rio student’s hub for all your vital information. This is where you can see your grades, billing information, register for classes, financial aid awards, and more. Plan now to become familiar with the different tabs and information found there. Visit the MyRio section and click students space to get started.

  1. Select WorkGroup = Student
  2. User ID is just your student ID# (no S – that is RioNET usernames)
  3. The default password is the last four digits of your Social Security number

If you need further assistance with your login credentials or understanding Student Space,  please review

or contact management Information Systems.

Management Information Systems |

Know Your RioNET Account

RioNET is the home base for all technology here at Rio including campus computers, email, online learning, and accessing Wi-Fi. Your Student Success Coach will help register your email and give you a temporary password.  After you have received it, your will first need to reset your password. Below find detailed information on completing the new password registration as well as step-by-step instructions to access your account anywhere.

Step 1 – Register for Self-Service Password Resets

Before using your RioNET account, you need to register for the self-service password reset portal.
1. Browse to /myrio
2. Click Password Registration
3. Type your full RioNET email address as your username
4. Type your Default Password and follow the onscreen instructions to complete registration

Step 2 – Change your RioNET Password

Once registered for self-service password resets, you can navigate to the Password Reset Portal and change your RioNET
password at any time, even if you forget the old password.
1. Browse to /myrio
2. Click Password Reset
3. Sign in using your RioNET username or email address
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to change your password

Step 3 – Sign into RioNET Email – Microsoft 365

RioNET email is hosted by Microsoft 365, and uses Single Sign-On (SSO) for authentication. You can sign in to your student
email from anywhere with an unrestricted Internet connection. The latest versions of all major web browsers are supported.
1. Browse to /myrio
2. Click RioNET Email
3. Sign in using your RioNET email address and password
4. Microsoft 365 should open; follow any additional on-screen instructions for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)


Please Contact Campus Computing & Networking at if you need additional assistance or help troubleshooting.


Many of your books needed at Rio are obtained through MSB Direct, an online bookstore portal that works in conjunction with our physical Rio bookstore located in the Rhodes Student Center to make a seamless way to get your materials for a successful semester.

To get started ordering your books, head to your Student Space account. Look at your class schedule and see the course section, as well as the course number of the class. Please note, that some books must still be directly purchased at/from the Rio Bookstore. Once you have the course section and course number visit MSB Direct to get started ordering. Enjoy free shipping by ordering early and having books sent directly to the Rio Bookstore.

  • Need to return a book to MBS Direct? The Rio Bookstore will help you – please contact them directly; they will help you pack and prepare your book for return.
  • Want to use Financial Aid? – As long as your financial aid is in order, you may use it to purchase most of the books offered through both MBS Direct and the Rio Bookstore
  • Orders are accepted now for Summer Terms; Orders for Fall Term will be accepted beginning July 1st.

Rio Bookstore | Email:


Billing and
Financial Aid

Paperless Billing

Rio will send monthly student account notifications to your student e-mail accounts. As a new student, your first bill is the only paper bill you will receive. Paper bills will no longer be mailed. Students are responsible for handling their bills. If parents assist with payment, students are responsible for forwarding bills to their parents.

Your bills will be sent to both your StudentSpace account and your Rio email. Please log-in often. This is how most campus-related information is sent as well as all your financial statements.

Haven’t set your RioNet account yet up yet? Please follow the simple instructions

Help is never far away:

Financial Aid

A quality college education is within reach for everyone at Rio Grande. More than 80 percent of all Rio students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans or work study. The primary focus of the Financial Aid Office is to assist you with the challenge of paying for your education. The key to financing your education is to plan early and keep your options open.

Rio offers more than 300 forms of financial aid to support you in your educational endeavors. Scholarships make up the majority of these opportunities, with grants, loans and federal Work-Study also available. The first step to qualify for financial aid at Rio Grande is to fill out your FAFSA online using the college code 003116.

Once financial aid is awarded, you can visit the Rio Aid Portal to view and accept your financial aid.  Once your there you can sign in with your student ID and the last 4 digits of you SSN.

Office of Financial Aid

Student Life


Residential life can play an important role in your college career. We encourage all students who want to enhance their college experience to live on campus. Visit the Resident Life page of our website to discover our Total Living Plan, which includes housing and meal options. New students interested in living on campus should complete the Residence Life Application and submit the

(including a shot record) to be granted a room reservation. Housing assignments will be announced individually via Rio email beginning the first week of July for all new students.

Full-time students who live outside of a 50-mile radius to campus are required to reside on campus for four semesters. Exceptions are made for students who are married, single parents, over the age of 22, or have permanent residency in Gallia, Jackson, Meigs, or Vinton counties. If you believe you qualify for an exception, please submit the

with proper documentation.

Office of Student Affairs
Phone: 740-245-7033


Whether you choose to live on campus or commute from home, there are many ways to enhance your student experience at Rio. The Office of Student Engagement oversees more than 20 student organizations and dozens of recreational and educational events annually.

Want to know how to get involved? Visit our Student Engagement page to see everything that is offered. This page has contact information for all our student organizations; feel free to reach out to join or learn more. Have an interest you don’t see listed? We have new organizations created every year. Contact Seth Lawrence to learn how to start the process.

Office of Student Engagement


Campus ID

All Rio students are required to have a student ID and should keep it on them at all times. You will need your ID when swiping into the cafeteria, picking up financial aid checks, attending social functions, and using the fitness center.

To get a student ID, you should bring a copy of your schedule or acceptance letter (with your student ID number) to Campus Police, located at 504 E. College Ave. Campus Police Office is staffed Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm.

If you are attending classes at our Jackson, McArthur, or Meigs Branches and do not wish to come to the main campus, the branch staff will take your photo and send it to the main campus. Your ID card will be sent to the branch for pick up.

Campus Police
Phone: 740-245-7911

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