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2323 W 14th St Tempe, AZ 85281
2323 W 14th StUSAZTempe85281
(480) 517-8000riosalado.edu
Community CollegeToday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am – 9:00 pmTuesday 8:00 am – 9:00 pmWednesday 8:00 am – 9:00 pmThursday 8:00 am – 9:00 pmFriday 8:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday Closed
Rio Salado College was founded in 1978 and serves one of the largest online enrollments nationwide. Rio Salado offers general education courses as well as a variety of degree and certificate programs.
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There is obviously a reason you are looking at reviews. If you are looking for some sort of sign to tell you whether or not to attend Rio Salado College, here it is. DON'T DO IT. This is literally the first review I have ever, ever, ever, ever given in my entire life and I just had to do it for the sake of some kind of "hopefulness" that I can save someone HALF the trouble I have gone through attending Rio. It has been a nightmare and a half, and the worst part is, I'm not even referring to my classes. I'm about two weeks in and they're pretty standard, but the Admissions office, the Financial Aid office, and probably any other office on the front end of the college is absolutely awful. Terrible. Out of the 1000 times I have called, not once have I received the same answer twice. It took me 3.5 WEEKS to get registered for my classes, and that's not even the worst part. I applied for a private loan at the end of May, (it's currently July 8th) and it has yet to be accepted and that has been the whole reason for this wild goose chase. It's always something new that I need to do, send in, or some form I need to fill out, and when I tell them I've already done it, they tell me some office somewhere hasn't processed it yet, but not to worry, because it should be processed in 5-7 business days.. Who has time for that? Nobody. Don't waste your time here people.
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Tiffany Decker
reviewed 3 months ago
This school financial department is absolutely clueless. No one ever knows what they are talking about. If you call you will never get the same answer twice. You will always receive misinformation. I have taken numerous online classes at different schools and this is by far the worst. As a matter of fact ALL of Maricopa Community Colleges are terrible. I have maybe had 3 good teachers in 4 years. Every aspect of their supposed "aid" is horrible. I cannot believe the constant struggle and battle that I deal with every single semester, and I use private loans not even financial aid. So considering I use my OWN money and I have no restrictions you would think they could get their act together. Nope! Beware. I would never advise anyone to deal with the troubles of these colleges. I would strongly recommend spending the money and going to a university.
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Hannah Frederiksen
reviewed 3 months ago
Wish I could give this school less than one star. From the start, it has been constant problems with Rio Salado. Needed to submit my CA Driver's License THREE times because they claimed they never received it to be submitted for WUE tuition. Everytime I called to check to see if they had received my driver's license and I would always get transferred back and forth between offices to different people who always did not know the answer. And this was all before any of my classes even started. I was automatically dropped from a class for "not submitting the first assignment" by 3/14/14 when I was told the class did not start until 3/17/14. I better be getting refunded for the tuition I paid for that class. Never taking a class through them again!
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Christopher Allen
reviewed 4 months ago
My classes at Rio were not the first online classes I've taken but are definitely the worst. The instructors DO NOT care about you or your understanding of the course material. I cant stress this point enough! If you ask an instructor about something your having difficulty with they will just direct you to tutoring services. Another problem I had with Rio is that in none of my classes was there any instruction or any sort of 'lecture'. The Rio format goes directly into homework and you learn by doing wrong, correcting, doing wrong, correcting, doing right. Its an extremely frustrating method in my opinion. I would advise you attend any other community college. I attended Chandler Gilbert and Mesa Community and I found both to be excellent, online and off.
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Shonna Steppe
reviewed in the last week
I have NEVER experienced as much trouble trying to get established as on online student. Holy cow, the number of items on the "To Do" list are absolutely ridiculous. The number of hoops they demand you jump through are so unnecessary, I don't even know where to begin. For goodness sake, it's as complicated as being an immigrant in a new country, sitting at the DMV and immigration office. They practically want your underwear size just to approve you are "eligible" to take a freaking class. Worst academic admissions experience ever.
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Lauren M
reviewed 5 months ago
If I could rate this school less than 1 star, I would. My experience with Rio Salado has been an absolute nightmare. Since the day I went in to sign up for classes the highly incompetent admissions clerk (Geraldine or something) began by registering me in 2 classes which I did not ask for. I actually took in the course numbers to make her job a bit easier, apparently I wasted my time by doing so. I was enrolled in an accelerated class (I'm not sure why since I told her exactly what I wanted) as the course went on along with my other classes I found it to be a tad bit too much for me, especially when I finally realized that it was an accelerated course. I called to switch the class and get into the right one, the lady over the phone said it had been dropped, I was good to register for the correct class. I saw it on my schedule still so I called to confirm that it had in fact been dropped. By then it was passed the refund date so I'm now having to pay for a class that I didn't ask for. I went back and forth for days with a man named Rick who did absolutely nothing for me after I explained my situation to him. On top of all of this, my financial aid which I submitted at the school with an F.A. clerk has still not arrived. I've tried to get a hold of someone to check the status & I've been transferred and given recordings and voicemails so needless to say I'm a tad bit frustrated. I put the payment for my classes on my credit card which is charging me interest as I type and I've gotten no where with anyone. Once I'm done with my current classes I will NOT be continuing my education at Rio Salado, I also advise anyone wanting to attend college to think twice, maybe even a third time before stepping foot into that building. PVCC has NEVER given me this many issues.
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The Maricopa Community Colleges District ITS team has successfully implemented upgrades to My.maricopa.edu, which will help ensure efficient maintenance of content and streamline navigation for students. Learn more in RioNews http://ow.ly/yW1Th
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Rio Salado will be closed July 3-4 in observance of Independence Day. Happy Birthday America!
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A group of women met by chance after enrolling in English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) classes at the Rio Salado Southern location in Tempe. They have been practicing their skills in listening to, reading, speaking and writing the English language under the guidance of Rio Salado instructors. Along the way, they have formed deep bonds of friendship and a support network that’s making it easier to adjust to life in the Valley.  Learn more about their story in RioNews.
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There are many electronic issues of popular magazines freely available to registered Rio Salado College students. Learn more in RioNews.
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Take advantage of special discounts on textbooks, apparel, supplies, accessories and more at the Rio Salado College Bookstore in Tempe. Sale ends July 20. Visit http://ow.ly/yY0JV for hours of service.

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Meet the candidates running to fill three spots on the Queen Creek Town Council on Wednesday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Rio Salado College and the Communiversity at QC are proud to host this candidate forum presented by the Queen Creek/San Tan Valley Independent. 

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail qcnews@newszap.com.
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Check out this poignant July 4, 1852 address given by Frederick Douglass, the African American abolitionist, whose words stirred tremendous debate and struck a chord with those who held that the U.S. Declaration of Independence’s promise of liberty and equality had been denied to slaves in the United States. http://ow.ly/yImwB.

This speech is one of many historical treasures you can find in the Daily Life through History archives.
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Please be aware that my.maricopa.edu SIS Student Self Service transcript request and payment processing (via TouchNet service) will not be available Monday, June 30 beginning at 10 p.m. until Tuesday morning July 1 at 6 a.m. while we complete year-end processing. Please plan accordingly. We appreciate your patience during this procedure.
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