Rio Salado College

Tel: (480)517-8000
21,472 students
Public institution
Rio Salado's mission is to astonish its customers, which include students and community partners. This is accomplished through an emphasis upon collaborative partnerships, accelerated formats and distance learning, particularly eLearning.
School Highlights
Rio Salado College serves 21,472 students (14% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 42% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 53%.
Rio Salado College is one of 31 community colleges within Maricopa County, AZ.
The nearest community college is Brookline College-Tempe (0.80 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 283 teachers has grown by 424% over five years.
College Rio Salado College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 283 staff
61 staff
Rio Salado College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 21,472 has grown by 11% over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.63 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 34% over five years.
Total Enrollment 21,472 students 1,315 students
Rio Salado College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 3,073 students
815 students
Rio Salado College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 18,399 students
1,061 students
Rio Salado College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Rio Salado College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Rio Salado College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
Rio Salado College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Rio Salado College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Rio Salado College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Rio Salado College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Rio Salado College More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
Rio Salado College Unknown (2006-2013)
Rio Salado College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.63 0.70
Rio Salado College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,974 is less than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $7,758 is less than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,974 $5,590
Rio Salado College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,758 $10,086
Rio Salado College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 93%
Rio Salado College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Rio Salado College was established in 1978 to provide active, working adults with flexible educational opportunities. Known as “the college without walls,” Rio Salado courses are delivered through innovative learning formats and for diverse populations with choice, access, convenience, flexibility, and affordability in mind. The formats Rio Salado excels at include customized programs and partnerships, accelerated classes and programs, distance learning and dual enrollment. Rio Salado provides a caring and supportive environment where employees and students form a diverse community. Rio Salado carries the maximum 10-year accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Our instructors are highly skilled in the teaching arts and are experienced professionals in their subject areas. This combination brings to Rio Salado College students a unique perspective of knowledge and practical application. Rio Salado College is proud to offer its students an exceptionally qualified instructional staff which is interested in and dedicated to the student.

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