River Parishes Community College

925 West Edenborne Parkway
Gonzales, LA 70737-0000
Tel: 2257438500
  • River Parishes Community College is an open-admission, two-year, post-secondary public institution serving the river parishes. The College provides transferable courses and curricula up to and including Certificates and Associates degrees. River Parishes Community College also partners with the communities it serves by providing programs for personal, professional, and academic growth. We are pleased that you have taken this opportunity to visit us via the River Parishes Community College web page. The site is designed to provide an interactive point of contact for general information regarding the organization, management and services of RPCC. Two years of higher education at one of the LCTCS community or technical colleges offers many opportunities for Louisiana to "transform its workforce". We urge you to examine this opportunity very carefully as you plan your own future.
School Highlights
  • River Parishes Community College serves 3,240 students (25% of students are full-time).
  • Minority enrollment is 41% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 55%.
  • River Parishes Community College is one of 2 community colleges within Ascension County, LA.
  • The nearest community college is Louisiana Technical College-Ascension Campus (1.90 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 52 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
River Parishes Community College(LA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty52 staff26 staff
River Parishes Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 3,240 has declined by 9% over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.53 is less than the state average of 0.66. The school's diversity has grown by 36% over five years.
Total Enrollment3,240 students1,493 students
River Parishes Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio62:135:1
River Parishes Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students798 students382 students
River Parishes Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students2,442 students1,111 students
River Parishes Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
River Parishes Community College Enrollment Breakdown LA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
River Parishes Community College Asian (2009-2010)
% Hispanic
River Parishes Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
River Parishes Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
River Parishes Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
River Parishes Community College More (2012-2016)
% Unknown races
River Parishes Community College Ethnicity Breakdown LA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.530.66
River Parishes Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
River Parishes Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,079 is more than the state average of $3,474. The in-state tuition has grown by 84% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $8,123 is more than the state average of $6,533. The out-state tuition has grown by 52% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,079$3,474
River Parishes Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$8,123$6,533
River Parishes Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid83%89%
River Parishes Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$11,365$10,800
River Parishes Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2009-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,125
River Parishes Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.3 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Gamma Beta Phi, Red Wheelbarrow Humanities Club, Rotaract Clu
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

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