RSC Description

Rio Salado College has over fifteen physical locations in Maricopa County, most of which are devoted to GED, ABE, and ELAA classes. Its academics are mainly concentrated online, with over 50 programs of study leading to certificates and associate’s degrees.

Though many colleges nowadays offer courses online, Rio Salado is almost completely internet-based. Its library and even its student union exist online, with technical support and librarian chat available 24/7.

Rio Salado uses the “term block” method of scheduling, in which students can choose from one of 16 blocks per terms. This gives you some flexibility in scheduling, as each block is spaced a week apart. With three terms per year, Rio Salado offers 48 different start dates for its students.

The school also seeks to help its graduates find jobs in a shifting economic environment. Rio Salado currently has four classes related to educational and career success:

  • Career Exploration
  • Creative Job Hunting
  • Creating College Success
  • Strategies for College Success

By providing strategies for professional and educational development, these courses can help you succeed at the college level and beyond.

Quick Facts about Rio Salado College

Region

Southwest

Setting

Mid-size City Setting

Type

Public

Affiliation

Not applicable

Size

Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)

On-Campus Housing Available

No

Parking Permit Required

Yes

Selectivity

Open Admissions

In-State Tuition

$1,854

Out-of-State Tuition

$9,510

Retention Rate

21%

Enrollment

19,186

Year Established

1978

RSC Students

Total Students
19,186

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
100%
Graduate
0%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
68%
Part-Time
32%

Ethnic Diversity

Latino
17%
African American
13%
Caucasian
56%
American Indian or Alaska native
2%
Asian
3%
Unknown and Other
10%

International Students

International
1%
Domestic
99%

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