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Rio Salado College Overview

Located in Tempe, Arizona, Rio Salado College is a public institution. Tempe is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Rio Salado College Known For?

4,264 Undergraduate Awards
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the associate's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Rio Salado College.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.

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Rio Salado College Rankings

Out of the 41 colleges in Arizona, Rio Salado College is ranked at #8.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Rio Salado College has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#68 Most Popular Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#77 Most Popular Online Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Rio Salado College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Best General Business/Commerce Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Legal Professions Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Human Resource Management Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Business Support & Assistant Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Accounting Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Business Administration & Management Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Rio Salado College?

Location of Rio Salado College

Contact details for Rio Salado College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2323 W 14Th St, Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: 480-517-8000
Website: www.rio.maricopa.edu

As long as you submit the requested materials to Rio Salado College when applying, you shouldn't have to worry about getting in since the school has an open admissions policy.

Can I Afford Rio Salado College?

47% Take Out Loans
18.0% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Rio Salado College, approximately 47% of students took out student loans averaging $2,965 a year. That adds up to $11,860 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Rio Salado College is 18.0%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

Rio Salado College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,171 Full-Time Undergraduates
63% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 19,103 undergraduate students at Rio Salado College, with 2,171 being full-time and 16,932 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Rio Salado College

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,171 full-time undergraduates at Rio Salado College, 37% are male and 63% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Rio Salado College

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Rio Salado College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Rio Salado College Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 73
Black or African American 171
Hispanic or Latino 571
White 1,050
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 305

Online Learning at Rio Salado College

10,146 Took All Classes Online
10,683 Took At Least One Class Online
-3.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 10,683 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Rio Salado College has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 8th most popular in Arizona for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Rio Salado College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Rio Salado College was -3.8%. This is the #185 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Rio Salado College regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Rio Salado College majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 14%
Business Support & Assistant Services 3%
Business, Management & Marketing 3%
Computer & Information Sciences 16%
Computer Programming 58%
Computer Software & Applications 20%
Design & Applied Arts 67%
Education 12%
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 60%
Health Professions 11%
Human Resource Management 20%
Information Technology 7%
Instructional Media Design 50%
Insurance 60%
Legal Professions 27%
Legal Support Services 27%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 19%
Liberal Arts General Studies 19%
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 50%
Mental & Social Health Services 10%
Natural Resources & Conservation 50%
Natural Resources Conservation 50%
Romance Languages 80%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 9%
Visual & Performing Arts 12%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Rio Salado College ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Rio Salado College.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences #1
Insurance #2
General Physical Sciences #2
Natural Sciences #2
Linguistics & Comparative Literature #3
Physical Sciences #5
Romance Languages #5
Fine & Studio Arts #5
Writing Studies #6
Graphic Communications #6
Communications Technologies & Support #6
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #7
Business Support & Assistant Services #9
English Language & Literature #14
Computer Programming #15
Natural Resources Conservation #15
Entrepreneurial Studies #16
Computer Software & Applications #17
Natural Resources & Conservation #18
Visual & Performing Arts #21
Legal Support Services #26
Instructional Media Design #29
Mental & Social Health Services #34
Legal Professions #35
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #44
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #45
Liberal Arts General Studies #45
General Business/Commerce #48
Information Technology #64
Human Resource Management #73
Accounting #78
Computer & Information Sciences #82
Criminal Justice & Corrections #84
Education #87
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #88
Business Administration & Management #116
Health Professions #124
Business, Management & Marketing #126

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Rio Salado College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Criminal Justice & Corrections 1,007 89 409 1,505
Business Support & Assistant Services 830 3 0 833
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 346 0 346
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 302 302
Mental & Social Health Services 72 28 39 139
Plumbing & Water Supply 138 0 0 138
Information Technology 63 42 10 115
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 95 0 0 95
Business Administration & Management 49 38 0 87
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 72 3 0 75
Legal Support Services 0 29 42 71
General Business/Commerce 18 18 28 64
Teacher Education Grade Specific 42 16 0 58
Accounting 33 18 0 51
Entrepreneurial Studies 46 0 0 46
Woodworking 41 0 0 41
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 31 0 0 31
Carpentry 28 0 0 28
Human Resource Management 0 25 0 25
Computer Programming 17 7 0 24
Dental Support Services 0 22 2 24
General Physical Sciences 0 24 0 24
Natural Sciences 0 0 23 23
Computer Systems Networking 0 0 22 22
Insurance 13 2 0 15
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 15 15
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 10 0 0 10
Finance & Financial Management 9 0 0 9
Human Development & Family Studies 5 4 0 9
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 9 9
Instructional Media Design 4 2 0 6
Romance Languages 5 0 0 5
Human Services 5 0 0 5
Nanotechnology 4 0 0 4
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 3 1 0 4
Writing Studies 2 0 0 2
Natural Resources Conservation 2 0 0 2
Educational Administration 0 1 0 1
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 0 0 1 1
Food Science Technology 0 0 0 0
General Biology 0 0 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 0
Graphic Communications 0 0 0 0
Computer Science 0 0 0 0
Computer Systems Analysis 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 0 0
Literature 0 0 0 0
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0
History 0 0 0 0
Sustainability Science 0 0 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 0 0 0
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 0 0 0
Chemistry 0 0 0 0
Physics 0 0 0 0
Other Homeland Security 0 0 0 0
General Psychology 0 0 0 0
Anthropology 0 0 0 0
Economics 0 0 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 0 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 0
Sociology 0 0 0 0
Social Work 0 0 0 0
Air Transportation 0 0 0 0
Dance 0 0 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 0
Music 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2,644 718 902 4,264

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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