Rio Salado College

  • 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 18,304 students (11% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 50% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 57%.

Top Rankings

Rio Salado College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Arizona for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 271 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Rio Salado College(AZ) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-High NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty271 staff140 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Rio Salado College has declined by 9% over five years.
The Rio Salado College diversity score of 0.68 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment18,304 students5,342 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio68:134:1
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# Full-Time Students2,090 students1,285 students
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# Part-Time Students16,214 students4,057 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
4%
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% Asian
3%
3%
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% Hispanic
24%
32%
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% Black
7%
6%
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% White
50%
43%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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% Non Resident races
3%
3%
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% Unknown races
8%
6%
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Diversity Score0.680.70
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College Completion Rate
14%
22%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$39,300$31,100
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,046 is more than the state average of $1,835. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,830 is more than the state average of $7,133. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,046$1,835
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Out-State Tuition Fees$7,830$7,133
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid84%75%
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Median Debt for Graduates$9,050$9,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$3,500$4,750
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Source: 2019 (or 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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The nearest community college to Rio Salado College is Brookline College-Tempe (0.8 miles away).
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