• 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 19,358 students (26% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 31:1 is higher than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 94% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 77%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 19,358 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,356
  • Out-state tuition: $6,760
  • Student:teacher ratio: 31:1
  • Minority enrollment: 94%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Rio Hondo College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 634 teachers has grown by 65% over five years.
Rio Hondo College
(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's Dominant
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution Level
Four or more years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
634 staff
308 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Rio Hondo College has grown by 19% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 31:1 has decreased from 54:1 over five years.
The Rio Hondo College diversity score of 0.35 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
19,358 students
8,365 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
31:1
24:1
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# Full-Time Students
5,103 students
2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students
14,255 students
6,350 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
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% Asian
6%
12%
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% Hispanic
80%
47%
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% Black
2%
6%
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% White
6%
23%
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% Two or more races
1%
4%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
2%
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% Unknown races
5%
6%
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Diversity Score
0.35
0.70
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College Completion Rate
20%
28%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$36,700
$34,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,356 is less than the state average of $1,997. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,760 is less than the state average of $7,123. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,356
$1,997
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,760
$7,123
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
89%
79%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,000
$10,376
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$4,500
$6,000
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
89%
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 19,358 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,356
  • Out-state tuition: $6,760
  • Student:teacher ratio: 31:1
  • Minority enrollment: 94%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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The average community college acceptance rate in Los Angeles County, CA is 72%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Los Angeles County, CA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.60, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Los Angeles County, CA is FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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