About Rio Salado College

Founded in 1978, Rio Salado College. is a college. Located in Arizona, which is a city setting in Arizona, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 18,636 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Rio Salado College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 29:1. There are 29 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Rio Salado College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate100%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range
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Admissions at RSC are considered , with ,1% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Rio Salado College.

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    5 Students rated on-campus housing 2.4 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    4 Students rated off-campus housing 3.2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    6 Students rated campus food 4 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    11 Students rated campus facilities 4.5 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    11 Students rated class size 4.3 stars. 55 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    9 Students rated school activities 2.9 stars. 11 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    10 Students rated local services 3.8 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    11 Students rated academics 4.5 stars. 55 % gave the school a 5.0.

Rio Salado College REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Rio Salado College?

11 Students rated Rio Salado College

Jacquelyn - 12/05/2020

Although Rio Salado may be lacking in some extra curricular activities, the whole idea of this school is for it to be easily accessible to those who can't attend a regular school. I love the small, home-y feeling the building gives me when I need to visit it. I typically would only stop by to visit the bookstore or to take a test and each visit has been pleasant!

Paige - 01/28/2020

I believe that Rio Salado College is a nice enough college where a student, especially one who is dedicated to continuing their education but doesn't necessarily have the monetary means to do so, can get their education in a professional and well-paced manner without struggling over small things.

Tara - 06/18/2019

Good online school some teachers are not interested in helping you achieve greatness in your courses. They can critique you and tell you you’re wrong even though they asked you to write about opinion

Erika - 04/24/2019

Rio Salado is a great choice for students who have busy schedules and do not have time to go to campus for class. Rio is also a more affordable alternative for community college. The teachers are responsive and the site is easy to navigate through. I recommend this scholl for anyone who works a full time job or has a family.

Rio Salado College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Rio Salado College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Rio Salado College is 100%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    It is very important to go to all your classes and study hard. Good grades are what matter not impressing your friends. Take time to study but also take time for yourself. Remember what's important in your life, family. Friends may come and go but family will be there forever. School is very important. Get as much education as you can. Always be learning in all you do. And always remember, nothing lasts forever. It will get better. Keep your chin up and keep a smile on your face.

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  3. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    I think that the school or at least my classes are all online which allows me to do work from my high school while receiving both high school and college credit.

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  4. What's unique about your campus?

    I like it because when you need help the instructors are there and give you all the help you need.

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  5. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Somebody who procastinates and doesn't like reading text books.

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  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Rio Salado College is very helpful in the university I essentially want to transfer to.

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  7. Describe the students at your school.

    I never have to meet any of them face to face. Most would call me "anti-social".... I prefer to call it "Not user-friendly"!

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  8. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    What I consider to be the worst thing about my school is that it is all online. I consider this to be the worst thing because there is no in person interaction with the instructors which is especially hard when I attend a high school that is allowing me to take the college courses for high school and college credit, and I am not able to receive any help outside of the books that I am given because my high school teachers can't help me.

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  9. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    That its online and you can pick your start date.

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Flexible start dates and plenty of online clases.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

83% of students attending Rio Salado College receive some sort of financial aid. 74% were awarded federal grants. While 56% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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