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Rio Salado College
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2323 W 14th St Tempe, AZ 85281, United States
2323 West 14th StreetUSArizonaTempe85281
(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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"I would advise you attend any other community college."
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"Horrible. The administration and financial aid department are incompetent."
"They can never help you when needed and the admissions process is a joke."
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Chris Yeager
in the last week
To bad I can't give negative stars. After only one week this school has made me dumberer! So pissed! I've basically voluntarily dropped 3/4 of a full schedule with this school even though that means a huge reduction in GiBill benefits for the semester. Never mind hundreds wasted on books you can only use at Rio and nowhere else. These folks set me up for failure. Course descriptions were vague or misleading, advisers recommended courses waaay over my head at this stage and of course nobody mentioned until class begins that your Apple is useless so you need to find a PC. I've seen some positive reviewers saying "negative reviewers expect college to be easy." I agree it shouldn't be easy but it's not supposed to be totally confusing either, there's a difference. I had a hard time figuring out where to even start. I cannot come up with anything positive to say. I'm Sticking with Gateway and MCC only as their advisers knew exactly what I needed. Too bad I didn't listen.
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Response from the owner - in the last week
Dear Chris, we are so sorry to hear this. We are forwarding your comments to our student services teams.
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John Lopez
a month ago
I did not enjoy my experience at Rio Salado. I took an online class and the organization, instruction, and quality of the class was subpar. I would recommend any of the other Maricopa Community Colleges; it should be an easy transition to make because many of the other college also offer online classes. I was also dropped from a class I enrolled into for no apparent reason, and this lead to many personal problems. Do not waste your money on this institution, take your classes at a different college or university. My two pennies worth.
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Jason Bourne
in the last week
Stay away for this second rate educational institution. They create fraudulent debts, lie to the US Bankruptcy court calling the debt "student loan debt" when in fact there where no student loans issued to me at that time and then steal your AZ tax refunds to pay themselves for the fraudulent debt. They are a money making scheme not a real educational institution.
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Dear Jason, Please know we take our public stewardship very seriously and our primary goal is to help you succeed. We are forwarding your comments to our Student Affairs team and hope you will provide them more details so they can help you resolve this issue.
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Richard Thomas
2 weeks ago
I worked here, and let me tell you how highly unprofessional and disorganized everything is around this schoool. They really push the green agenda, and have a holier then thou attitude regarding religion. They do not have a problem pushing their political and religious values on you.
Hannah Simpson
3 weeks ago
This was part of an E-mail I sent in to hopefully...but probably not have something done about this. I am writing this e-mail with extreme sorrow because of what I have encountered with the Rio Salado- Southern campus. I had enrolled in the HSE preparation classes and was told I would need to attend a four day seminar the week prior to my classes starting. I was never told if I missed one day that I would be withdrawn and must wait to re-enroll, and also not get my money back or not have it used towards my next enrollment. Also, I verified and the staff even agreed that it is not written anywhere at all especially not in any paperwork given out to the students; It was just told to us... they assume. Because of the economic situation in my house I must work and have since the day I turned sixteen. I could not get work off for all four nights, only three. I am also having to move to New York in May b/c of economical situations at home to live with my aunt and absolutely need my HSE beforehand so that I can be guaranteed a job upon arrival. Not only do I not have time to wait 3 weeks for new classes to begin but I do not have the money to re-enroll here or now anywhere since I've already used my money here the first go around. This was my very first choice and now I'm regretting it beyond belief. I mainly just can't understand how this is a school and you pride yourself on helping people achieve their goals, yet a desperate student needing a little help is being rejected in every way. I stated that I would do anything possible to be able to stay in these classes and continue next week, including still attending my missed seminar in the following two weeks and was simply told there was nothing that could be done. This is my life that I'm trying so hard to maintain and make brighter yet it seems as though I'm getting absolutely nowhere with this staff & these programs. Basically they not only lied to me they robbed me of furthering my education, my life, and mainly of my time considering it will be quite some time until I come up with the spare money again to be able to take the classes I need. It is considered the highest form of disrespect, to spit on someone, and god I wish I could just go in and spit on all their ugly smirks.BOTTOM LINE: THEY DO NOT HAVE GOOD INTENTIONS AND DO NOT PLAN ON HELPING ANYONE, AND THEY DO NOT GENUINELY CARE ABOUT ANYONE OR THEIR EDUCATION.
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Amanda Nicole
a month ago
Let me give the most honest review possible. I honestly think that Rio Salado is a great online school. People want to complain because they want school to be easy. Let me also say that every instructor is different. No, you can't expect to like every instructor, but if that's the case you can simply switch instructors if you can't stand them that much. I about done with my first semester classes, and I have all A's. What does that tell you? You can't blame the online classes you are taking for not doing your work. Do what you're supposed to and you will succeed. The process for getting into school is a long process to begin with, no matter what school you are attending. Be patience people. This is NOT a bad online school. It works great with busy schedules. I have never once gotten any bad consequence if I was late on one of my assignment. If you tell your teachers you are having any type of personal issue they should understand, and they will understand if you simply tell them you are having issues. I deep down recommend Rio if you want to do your class work and be successful. Not sure where all these bad reviews are coming from. Of course if you have one bad experience you're going to make the whole school look bad. But it really isn't. I find it outrageous how negative some of these reviews are. You don't have anything to lose from Rio. I have a 4.0 GPA, and that is because I work my a** off to succeed in my class work. Don't blame the school for your lack of not trying so hard. Rio Salado worked for me, and I'm sure it has worked for many other students as well.
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Carolina Gastelum
a month ago
If I could give negative number of stars I would. Do yourself a favor and do not enroll here. They will charge you fees that do not even exist and drop you from classes without telling you. If you try calling them they will transfer you from department to department for HOURS. I just hung up and dropped all my courses after 4hrs on the phone with 5 different people.
Sean Nichol
2 months ago
I agree with some of the other reviews posted by students in regards to the format of the courses and the quality of instruction provided by the teachers (or lack there of). My biggest complaint with the college came when I applied for graduation. Early in my last semester I had 2 different advisors review my file to ensure I would be credit complete. When I submitted my application to graduate at the end of that semester I was told I was one credit short. I triple checked the credits I completed with the program requirements and was still coming up as complete. I was told that there was a (hidden) requirement that 29 of my credits "had" to be CIS related. This was never mentioned to me before during or after I applied for graduation. I was thoroughly disappointed in the lack of professionalism I was shown, and will never recommend this school to anyone.
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Attention current Rio Salado students. You can begin registering as early as March 9 for summer and fall classes. If you’re new to Rio Salado and plan to enroll, you can begin registering for classes as early as March 23. Take advantage of the benefits of early registration and start mapping out your class schedule today at www.riosalado.edu/schedule
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Rio Salado Energy Systems Technology classes begin March 19 at RSC Downtown.  They're designed to help people who are interested in the field of building energy management. There's still time to register.  Learn more in RioNews or visit www.riosalado.edu/energy.
Looking for a career in building management or a way to enhance your skills? Rio Salado's new certificate in Energy Systems Technology may be of interest to you. Our next set of in-person classes begin March 19 at RSC Downtown. Course content focuses on energy management and conservation ...
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The Ruth Everman and Bill Sullivan memorial ‪#‎scholarship‬ funds each provide $500 in tuition assistance for fall and spring semesters to students residing in the West Valley. These scholarships are donated by RISE Learning for Life; a non-profit Rio Salado community partner based out of Surprise, AZ that encourages life-long learning. Learn more in RioNews ow.ly/JSO1t
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ABC 15 reporters Joe Ducey , Courtney Holmes and John Matarese went in search of affordable college options for Valley residents. They found us. Learn about the many benefits of the Maricopa Community Colleges and how Rio Salado can help you. Take the next step, visit www.startatrio.com.
The average student loan debt last year was more than $30,000.  Associates or two-year degrees can offer a lot of bang for your buck if right school and the right profession.
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This article by the Pathways to College Network, "Social Support: An Essential Ingredient to College Success," offers some great advice for students. Invest a few minutes of your time to read.
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You should also take advantage of the Café at Rio Gift Card-- which will give you a 10% discount on all your purchases.  Talk to our Café at Rio team for details. www.riosalado.edu/cafe
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The Maricopa Community Colleges Student Information System (SIS) will not be available from 3 a.m., Saturday, March 7 to 7 a.m., Monday, March 9 as IT teams perform a quarterly upgrade. This will affect all student self-service options including adding/dropping classes, resetting passwords and more-- so please plan accordingly. Other support systems such as email, Canvas, and RioLearn will be available for use. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
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The Urban Indian Coalition hosted its 3rd Annual Youth ‪#‎Leadership‬ Day Conference this past weekend at Rio Salado Tempe. Here are social media highlights from the event, including this image below of Rio Salado Director of Early Outreach Programs Lambert Yazzie, who engaged the students in a discussion about higher learning. The Coalition seeks new and inventive ways to engage urban American Indian families living in Maricopa County about issues relating to substance abuse prevention and development of leadership skills. ‪#‎YLD2015‬ ‪#‎UICAZ‬
The Urban Indian Coalition hosted its 3rd Annual Youth #Leadership Day Conference this past weekend. Each year the Coalition seeks new & inventive ways to engage urban American Indian families within Maricopa County in substance abuse prevention & leadership development skills. #CultureISPrevention
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Learn about the benefits of joining Phi Theta Kappa's international honor society and Rio Salado's Alpha Theta Omicron Chapter by taking part in an information session on March 3 or 5.  Learn more in RioNews.
Rio Salado is hosting two, student information sessions about joining Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of two-year colleges-- and the benefits of joining Rio Salado's Alpha Theta Omicron Chapter. Session 1 - Tuesday, March 3, 2015 6 – 7:15 p.m.. RSC Avondale 420 N. Central Ave.
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Science aficionados will gather in downtown Tempe to highlight interactive displays and sci-fi/pop culture exhibits that blend science, technology, engineering, math and fun at the 4th annual Tempe Geeks Night Out, Thursday, March 5. Rio Salado's nutty professors will be there to host an information booth-- to help you discover the fun in science.  Learn more about this Arizona SciTech Festival event in RioNews. #azscitechfest
Don't be fazed if you see Darth Vader, robots or strangely garbed beings descend on Tempe City Hall on Thursday, March 5. It's not an intergalactic convention, or even a city council meeting. It's the 4th annual Tempe Geeks Night Out. Once again, science aficionados will gather in downtown Tempe ...
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Here's a story by Ian Quillen from U.S. News & World Report about the benefits online community colleges can offer working professionals. It includes perspectives from Rio Salado Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jennifer McGrath and former Rio Salado Retail Management student Nicki Schillhahn-Amos from Fry’s Food.
Online community college courses can provide an affordable and accessible option for employees who want new skills.<br />
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This was a big hit today at the Café at Rio, which is open to the public. Enjoy tasty #organic and #healthy food each weekday. www.riosalado.edu/cafe.
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