- 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.
Rio Salado College serves 17,362 students (15% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is higher than the state community college average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 57% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 55%.
Quick Stats (2023)
- Enrollment: 17,362 students
- In-state tuition: $2,046
- Out-state tuition: $7,830
- Student:teacher ratio: 21:1
- Minority enrollment: 57%
- Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
Rio Salado College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Arizona for:
The teacher population of 824 teachers has grown by 204% over five years.
Rio Salado College
(AZ) Community College Avg.
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
The student population of Rio Salado College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has decreased from 23:1 over five years.
The Rio Salado College diversity score of 0.70 is more than the state average of 0.67. The school's diversity has grown by 7% over five years.
Student : Teacher Ratio
# Full-Time Students
# Part-Time Students
# Enrollment Undergraduate
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
# Full-Time Graduate Students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
Total Dormitory Capacity
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Two or more races
% Non Resident races
% Unknown races
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
The public in-state tuition of $2,046 is more than the state average of $1,844. 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 $7,206. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
Median Debt for Graduates
Median Debt for Dropouts
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
- 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Rio Salado College cost?
Rio Salado College's tuition is approximately $2,046 for In-State students and $7,830 for Out-State students.
What is Rio Salado College's ranking?
Rio Salado College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Arizona for: Least expensive tuition, Diversity in US community colleges and Largest student body.
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