2323 W 14th St
Tempe, AZ 85281
Top Ranked (2022-23): View Rankings
  • 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 19,103 students (11% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is higher than the state community college average of 16:1.
Minority enrollment is 47% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 57%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 19,103 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,046
  • Out-state tuition: $7,830
  • Student:teacher ratio: 23:1
  • Minority enrollment: 47%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Rio Salado College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Arizona for:

Category
Attribute
Community Size

School Overview

The teacher population of 824 teachers has grown by 1616% over five years.
Rio Salado College
(AZ) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Institution Level
Less than 2 yrs
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
824 staff
202 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Rio Salado College has declined by 5% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 has decreased from 75:1 over five years.
The Rio Salado College diversity score of 0.65 is less than the state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
19,103 students
5,548 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
23:1
16:1
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# Full-Time Students
2,171 students
1,283 students
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# Part-Time Students
16,932 students
4,265 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
250 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
4%
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% Asian
4%
3%
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% Hispanic
25%
36%
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% Black
6%
5%
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% White
53%
43%
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% Two or more races
4%
4%
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% Non Resident races
1%
1%
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% Unknown races
5%
4%
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Diversity Score
0.65
0.68
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College Completion Rate
5%
22%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$39,300
$32,100
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,046 is less than the state average of $3,368. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,830 is less than the state average of $8,322. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$2,046
$3,368
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$7,830
$8,322
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
77%
79%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$7,702
$9,399
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$3,500
$4,750
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 19,103 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,046
  • Out-state tuition: $7,830
  • Student:teacher ratio: 23:1
  • Minority enrollment: 47%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Maricopa County, AZ community colleges have a diversity score of 0.61, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Maricopa County, AZ is Brookline College-Tempe. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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