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2323 W 14th St Tempe, AZ 85281
2323 West 14th StreetUSArizonaTempe85281
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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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"Horrible. The administration and financial aid department are incompetent."
"The only somewhat pleasant experience Ive had was enrolling."
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I have been contacting the Financial aid office and the admission and records department at Rio Salado for more than 2 month. Every time I can they provide me with different, inaccurate answers. Now my Financial aid has been suspended, and all of my classes were dropped. They need to train their representatives more. They are all clueless, rude, and very inconsiderate. I have never reviewed, rated, or commented on anything in my life, but their lack of understand and efficiency is extremely unbearable. I will be also contacting the department of education to file a complaint. An update: nobody from Rio Salado called me about my issue. The response was a lie. This should be embarrassing to their management team I called the financial aid department today, and they've informed that my profile has a lot of contradicting information. My maximum timeframe was processed on the 25th of January, and today is the 5th of February and I still did not receive my FASFA. I was forced to pay out of pocket. I was also not informed of applying for direct deposit, so now I have to wait approximately around 17 more days to get my FASFA. THANKS RIO SALADO
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Response from the owner - a month ago
Dear Salwa, We are sorry to hear about this. We have forwarded your comments to our student services and leadership teams and will have someone contact you to secure more details-- and hopefully help you resolve ASAP. Please email annette.flores@riosalado.edu if you have any questions in the interim. Best regards.
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Diane Carley
2 weeks ago
I will never go to Rio Salado. I was falsely accused of plagiarism on the very first homework. No proof ever provided. Worked on it for a total of 13 hours on it. I then filed a complaint to the senior leadership team who just passed the buck. I dropped the class right after and Rio Salado refused to refund my money after I paid out of pocket. I will never take an online course. I have made sure my family and friends are aware and will not go to Rio Salado either.
Response from the owner - 2 weeks ago
Dear Diane, we have already shared your comments with our leadership and judicial affairs team to investigate and and help you resolve.
Kathy Wellenstein
2 weeks ago
The admission office ran me around 5 times obtaining documents, then stated one of them wasn't up to their specifications. I lost 5 half days of work & a full tank of gas running around on fools errands for these idiots! The woman in the front office could barely speak English! PLEASE save yourself aggravation and DO NOT deal with these morons!!!!
Response from the owner - 2 weeks ago
Dear Kathy, we are very sorry to hear this. We encourage you to share more details so we can troubleshoot. We will forward your comments to our leadership team and have someone contact you to help you resolve. We appreciate your input and encourage you to use this customer service feedback form: http://www.riosalado.edu/contact/Pages/Customer-Service-Feedback.aspx
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amanda russell
2 weeks ago
Awesome experience with this school. Ive tried 3 online colleges. Rio is the best. The curriculum is straight forward topic specific knowledge. The staff is helpful and the cost is so low I never even took out any loans. At GCU I paid $1,900 for a 5 week class on study skills. GCU sucks! Rio rocks...
Response from the owner - 2 weeks ago
Dear Amanda, thank you for the glowing review! We will be sure to share this with staff. We're glad you chose Rio Salado College and look forward to helping you with your future educational needs. Best regards.
Heather Powell
a month ago
First off let me say that I work in education and have for over 5 years, in conjunction with that I have attended 3 of the MCCCC schools; Rio, Mesa, and Phoenix colleges. Understanding the college enrollment and financial aid process as well as I do (because I do it for a living), my opinion of Rio's overall enrollment and financial aid process is that it is DEPLORABLE. No guidance, no assistance, or anything more than an archaic website and phone messaging web. Mesa and Phoenix college are both leaps and bounds above Rio, and they are sister schools. Rio is clearly the red-headed step child of this college sector and it shows. Last semester I took one single class, an environmental bio course, not only was the curriculum quite off from the actual course, the instructor said I was at the head of the class with a "C". I am and have been a 4.0 student so naturally I was extremely concerned when in week 3 into an 8 week class my grade dropped to a "C" After further research I discovered that over 25% pf student who take this class withdraw by the withdraw date, and another 26% FAIL, most end with a D and only a lucky few with anything higher. This was confusing and alarming especially because the instructor wouldn't/couldn't expound, and this info was on the Rio Salado website. It was curious to me that if over half of the class is being shown by stats to be failing or dropping the class, there wouldn't be an academic intervention. I passed with a "C", was treated like I was lucky to have done so and told I was at the head of the class with that mediocre grade, which has brought down my GPA. That aside, this school needs help. I highly recommend (as I will be doing) to call the department of education and or their accrediting board to launch a formal complaint, as opposed to typing up a google review, hell, do both. Anyways, the only benefit they offer are their range in online courses with weekly start dates. I am never able to contact anyone in financial aid worth speaking to, there is just no support here, even for someone who knows what they are doing. Oh, and the last "representative" I spoke to (likely a failing college student working for work study class credit with NO formal FA knowledge) suggested I use the remainder my financial aid for GROCERIES!!!! Way to promote responsible lending Rio, no wonder students are so wildly in student loan debt without even receiving a degree. BULLOCKS!
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Response from the owner - a month ago
Dear Heather, we appreciate your insights and have already forwarded your comments to our student services and leadership teams. We hope you will provide them with additional information so they can fully investigate and hopefully rectify these issues.
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Melinda Henderson
4 months ago
My experiences with community college is with Mesa Community and Rio Salado College. I have taken online courses at both. I have taken many different computer courses at this college and had an excellent experience with course work, professors, and the academic staff. This type of coursework worked perfectly with the type of learner I am, my work schedule, and my family. Though just a few thoughts about any type of online learning: I doubt I would take any lab/science/biology or chemistry course online since the in person lecture and lab work is invaluable to the learning experience and I doubt I would have had a very difficult time passing any of those classes online.
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Response from the owner - 4 months ago
Dear Melinda, we truly appreciate your rating and comments, which we will gladly share with our student services teams. We encourage you to expand upon your comments and provide additional feedback using our online customer feedback form at http://www.riosalado.edu/contact/Pages/Customer-Service-Feedback.aspx
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Jarod Bernat
a week ago
I went through Rio Salado for my Dual Enrollment credits in high school. Then they sent representatives to our school to help us achieve goals at the college while in high school. I actually walked at graduation at Rio Salado one week before my high school graduation. The administration worked with me very well, and all my credits transferred.
Response from the owner - in the last week
Thanks for taking the time to share this review, Jarod. We look forward to helping you with your future educational career goals. Congratulations on your achievement!
Brian Scott
a month ago
I was previously enrolled here for the ged classes, I just passed my ged and could not have done it without this program. Wonderful teachers and staff!
Response from the owner - a month ago
Congratulations, Brian! We are pleased to be of service and look forward to helping you on the rest of your educational journey. We appreciate your review and your accomplishments!

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Register now for Rio Salado's College Information Night at the Communiversity at Surprise, February 23, 2016! This event is ideal for teens transitioning from high school and working adults who are interested in going back to school!  RSVP now at www.riosalado.edu/collegenight

Representatives from Academic Advising, Admissions and Records, Financial Aid and other departments will be present to provide information about getting started, how to choose a major, how to secure funding... and how to succeed in college.  

Representatives from Fry's Food and Drug will also be on hand for students interested in pursuing Rio Salado’s online Retail Management Certificate program. Fry’s is hiring and will pay for students to earn their certificate through Rio!

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The ‪#‎insurance‬ industry and its partners are joining forces to launch the first annual Insurance Careers Month this February in an effort to recruit, train and hire a new generation of insurance professionals to fill an estimated 400,000 industry ‪#‎jobs‬ by 2020. The focus is on recruiting ‪#‎millennials‬ to take over the roles of industry professionals across the nation and in Arizona who are on the eve of retirement. Learn about the stable, rewarding, limitless ‪#‎careertrifecta‬ options available to you-- and how Rio Salado's new Insurance Studies program can help you launch your career in RioNews: ow.ly/YaJLb.

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Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Monday, Feb. 15 in honor of Presidents' Day. Services normally available 24/7 such as our Technology Support Helpdesk and Ask a Librarian will remain available. Visit this web page for the latest updates about college closures: ow.ly/Y84U2

Explore the colorful history of our nation's presidents by visiting these White House and History web sites-- where you'll find biographies, videos, trivia and more:
www.whitehouse.gov/1600/Presidents
www.history.com/topics/us-presidents

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What do successful Rio Waves do? They focus on Academic Success!
● Go to class
● Connect with a tutor to help improve your grades
● Work with an advisor to complete an educational plan

We encourage you to call on Rio Salado tutors and academic advisors. They will help you stay on track!

www.riosalado.edu/tutoring
www.riosalado.edu/advisement

‪#‎iwillgraduate‬ ‪#‎RioWaves‬ ‪#‎StudentSuccessTip‬
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What do successful students do? They plan ahead!
● Create a semester calendar: Keep a record of when your exams, quizzes, papers, and finals are due.
● Plan for study time: 1 hour of class time = 2 hours of study time.
● Prioritize your time: Don't overextend yourself, it's OK to say no sometimes.
● Stay informed: Ask questions and check for student news by way of your student center at my.maricopa.edu, your student email and our social media channels.

Need help? Call on Rio Salado's Counseling & Career Services team. A counselor can assist you with personal and educational goals. When should you call? When you need help with issues such as a lack of motivation, relationship issues, study skills, test anxiety, time management, stress, goal setting, and access to community resources such as alcohol and drug abuse prevention resources.

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We will be sure to share with our IS team for consideration.  Thanks for the great idea!
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We appreciate the awesome response to join Rio Salado's new Student Veterans Club and we look forward to seeing new members at the first official meeting/luncheon, Feb. 3 at the EVVEC. Learn more in RioNews: ow.ly/XCdkm

Please confirm your attendance by calling 480-384-9851.
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It's national ‪#‎PizzaDay‬! The perfect day to sign up for the next Rio Salado Sustainable Food Systems kitchen demo-- Cooking the Perfect Pizza at Home-- Thursday, Feb. 18, 6-8 p.m.

No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion fun in the kitchen. Class fee is $39. Register now online ow.ly/Y8BRy or by calling 480-517-8000. Learn more in RioNews.

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COMM_ED100-10044 38170. Cooking the Perfect Pizza! Thursday, Feb. 18, 6-8 p.m. - $39. Get hands on experience prepping, cooking and sampling delicious pizzas with classmates, co-workers, family, friends! This hands-on workshop covers how to make and proof dough, make sauce and properly stretch a ...
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Black History Month or African American History Month is an annual celebration-- recognizing the sacrifices and achievements of black Americans throughout U.S. history.

The Rio Salado College Library is proud to honor Black History Month by highlighting targeted library and web resources that can help you learn more about the lives, contributions and legacy of African Americans. If you're a Rio Salado student, log into your RioLearn account and check out this Black History Month Topic Guide now: http://libguides.riosalado.edu/black_history

To learn more about the rich legacy of African Americans-- and national events scheduled to celebrate their accomplishments, visit this Library of Congress web site: www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov.

This image is from the Library of Congress-- an unidentified African American soldier in Union uniform at Benton Barracks, Saint Louis, Missouri. ow.ly/Y68AE

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Check out this #free, #business #writing course for transitioning service-members, veterans and their spouses at the East Valley Veterans Center in Tempe.  Learn more in RioNews and then register today.
Veterans Community Learning Hubs give you the opportunity to build your skills through a combination of online learning and in-person sessions. Participants will be required to complete a course module online every week, and then attend an in-person session at the EVVEC to discuss the material ...
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If you have a passion for singing and you're interested in
sharing your talents by singing the National Anthem at Rio Salado College's 2016 Commencement ceremony at the Orpheum Theater on May 11-- then you should audition to serve as our commencement singer!  Learn more in RioNews.  Deadline for video auditions is Friday, Feb. 26.
Are you a talented singer? Are you a Rio Salado College student or employee? Are you interested in sharing your talents by singing the National Anthem at Rio Salado College's 2016 Commencement ceremony at the Orpheum Theater on May 11?
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Edutainment for Foodies! Take a break from the daily grind and take part in a series of fun-filled ‪#‎cooking‬ and ‪#‎gardening‬ lessons this spring with classmates, co-workers, family, friends and the entertaining and informative Rio Salado Sustainable Food Systems team!

Your first class is a Sushi Social!
COMM_ED100-10046 38708 - Sushi Basics for Beginners - $39
Thursday, Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m. at the Rio Salado Tempe Kitchen

No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion edutainment.

Register now online ow.ly/XEeJ1 or by calling 480-517-8000.

Learn more in RioNews ow.ly/XEfCX
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