Rio Salado College

2323 W 14th St
Tempe, AZ 85281-0000
Tel: (480)517-8000
  • 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 20,215 students (13% of students are full-time).
  • Minority enrollment is 49% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 48%.
  • Rio Salado College is one of 26 community colleges within Maricopa County, AZ.
  • The nearest community college is Brookline College-Tempe (0.80 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 271 teachers has grown by 489% over five years.
Rio Salado College(AZ) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty271 staff66 staff
Rio Salado College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 20,215 has declined by 16% over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.66 is more than the state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has grown by 11% over five years.
Total Enrollment20,215 students5,697 students
Rio Salado College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio75:139:1
Rio Salado College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,595 students1,101 students
Rio Salado College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students17,620 students4,596 students
Rio Salado College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Rio Salado College Enrollment Breakdown AZ All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Rio Salado College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Rio Salado College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Rio Salado College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Rio Salado College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Rio Salado College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Rio Salado College More (2011-2016)
% Unknown races
Rio Salado College Ethnicity Breakdown AZ All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.660.65
Rio Salado College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Rio Salado College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$39,300$31,400
Rio Salado College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,046 is more than the state average of $1,830. The in-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,830 is more than the state average of $7,111. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,046$1,830
Rio Salado College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,830$7,111
Rio Salado College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid91%82%
Rio Salado College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$9,000$9,500
Rio Salado College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,500$5,022
Rio Salado College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (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.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Brookline College-Tempe
    Private, for profit
    418 students | 0.80 Mi1140-1150 S. Priest Drive
    Tempe AZ  85281
  • 668 students | 2.60 Mi4210 E Washington Street
    Phoenix AZ  85034
  • 5,950 students | 2.70 Mi108 N. 40th Street
    Phoenix AZ  85034
  • 986 students | 3.00 Mi1100 East Apache Blvd
    Tempe AZ  85281
  • 4,287 students | 4.10 Mi7050 S 24th Street
    Phoenix AZ  85042
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Did You Know?
Tempe community colleges have a diversity score of 0.37, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Tempe is Brookline College-Tempe. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.