Rio Hondo College

  • Rio Hondo College is a collaborative center of lifelong learning which provides innovative, challenging, and quality educational offerings--including programs and courses leading to transfer and vocational degrees and certificates --for its diverse students and community.
School Highlights
  • Rio Hondo College serves 16,263 students (23% of students are full-time).
  • Minority enrollment is 92% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 68%.
  • Rio Hondo College is one of 51 community colleges within Los Angeles County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to Rio Hondo College is Everest College-City Of Industry (0.9 miles away).

Top Placements

Rio Hondo College places among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 300 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Rio Hondo College(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty300 staff97 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Rio Hondo College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The Rio Hondo College diversity score of 0.39 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment16,263 students7,516 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio54:144:1
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# Full-Time Students3,800 students1,613 students
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# Part-Time Students12,463 students5,903 students
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% Asian
11%
13%
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% Hispanic
77%
37%
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% Black
-
7%
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% White
8%
32%
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% Two or more races
1%
3%
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% Non Resident races
-
3%
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% Unknown races
1%
5%
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Diversity Score0.390.73
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College Completion Rate
20%
29%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$36,700$34,600
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,356 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 47% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,760 is less than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 27% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,356$1,636
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Out-State Tuition Fees$6,760$6,797
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid81%78%
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Median Debt for Graduates$4,500$9,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$4,750$5,500
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Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Rio Hondo College (RHC), located in Southeast Los Angeles County near the intersection of the 60 and 605 freeways, enrolls over 20,000 students each semester. Rio Hondo College is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The college serves students from a variety of educational backgrounds, including recent high school graduates, people seeking new skills or careers, and lifelong learners wanting to add to their knowledge base. Rio Hondo educational programs prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, grant two-year degrees in a number of specialties, issue certificates in technical or professional fields, provide contract training for employer workforces, and offer community service classes in subjects ranging from computer skills to cultural event fieldtrips. The college graduates close to 600 students every year, awarding two-year, Associate of Arts/Sciences degrees and nearly 500 specialty certificates. The college serves the cities of Whittier, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, El Monte, and South El Monte, as well as portions of Downey, La Mirada, La Puente, Industry, and some unincorporated portions of Los Angeles County. There are over 318,000 people residing in nearly 107,000 households served by the college. The diverse Rio Hondo College student population averages about 68% Hispanic, 12% Asian, 10% White Non-Hispanic, 2% Black, and 8% other or undeclared ethnicities. The college awards degrees in over 40 disciplines and certificates in close to 30 subjects. The college's Administration of Justice Program is the largest college-based program in the State of California and trains police officers for some 40 jurisdictions. In addition, RHC's Fire Technology, Nursing, Environmental Technology, Emergency Medical Technician, Welding, Drafting, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Automotive Technology Programs, among other vocational offerings, are top programs in the region. Classes are held in the day, evening and weekend as well as online through Rio Hondo's Virtual College.

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California community colleges have a diversity score of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.