How Online Courses Work

Steps to Take Online Classes

STEP 1: Enroll at FRCC

If you have not yet enrolled as an FRCC student, follow these instructions on how to get started at FRCC. (The enrollment process is the same for all students, whether you are taking classes in a traditional classroom, online or both.)

STEP 2: Registration

Once you are enrolled and accepted as an FRCC student, you can register for classes. See how to register for classes.

STEP 3: Orientation

Students who have registered for their first online class at FRCC are required to complete an orientation to online classes.

Setting Up Your Computer

All online courses use software called Desire2Learn. Please run a system check to ensure that your computer is properly configured for FRCC online courses, and make sure that your computer meets minimum system requirements.

Exams and Testing

Many exams can be taken online, however, some courses require proctored exams. You can take your exam at any FRCC campus testing center with a picture ID. If you are not near an FRCC campus, you may have your exams proctored at another pre-approved location (usually another college or library). Learn more.


To find the required books for your course, first know your online course and section number, e.g. ENG 090-500. (Section numbers for online courses are in the 500s.) Required books for online courses are not always identical to required books for classroom courses. Some courses also require software, lab kits, tools, or other equipment.

You can order your books from any campus bookstore. Order books online or by phone and pick them up in person at the bookstore. Books can also be shipped to you for a fee.

Online Library

We have a variety of resources available to our online students. You are welcome to use any of our campus libraries, or access a variety of online resources.

What is CCCOnline?

Colorado Community College Online (CCCOnline) is a part on the Colorado Community College System and is based in Denver. They create for credit online classes that are offered at FRCC in addition to the online classes that are created and offered by FRCC instructors. Learn more about CCCOnline classes.

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