Profile

Cover photo
Verified local business
Rio Salado College
Community College
947 followers|5,022,664 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos
Contact Information
Map of the business location
2323 W 14th St Tempe, AZ 85281
2323 West 14th StreetUSArizonaTempe85281
(480) 517-8000riosalado.edu
Community College
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.
Google+ URL

Street View

Panorama
Your Activity
Communities
Write a review
Review Summary
2.2
90 reviews
5 star
20 reviews
4 star
5 reviews
3 star
3 reviews
2 star
7 reviews
1 star
54 reviews
"Horrible. The administration and financial aid department are incompetent."
"To bad I can't give negative stars."
"I was falsely accused of plagiarism on the very first homework."
Photos
Scrapbook photo 2
Scrapbook photo 3
Scrapbook photo 4
Scrapbook photo 5
Scrapbook photo 6
Upload public photo
All reviews
Dani Valdez's profile photo
Dani Valdez
a week ago
Horrible experience with this school. I enrolled about a year ago and was admitted and went through most of the enrollment process up until choosing my classes. I then postponed beginning my school semester because of personal reasons. Now that I am ready I went back to re-enroll and get serious. Well now admissions and records dept decided to deny accepting my transcripts, the same transcripts that they had approved last year!! They argue that there isn't a graduation date on my transcripts and blah blah so I had my high school send all the information they need an official graduation letter a copy of my diploma my transcripts etc. Well rio keeps saying "we are reviewing them". I went to re-enroll in April and its July. I went to my high school to have my director call and speak to Rio and they would not accept speaking to her and then the lady said "Your school isn't doing their job" excuse me???? My school is here willing to talk and send what you're asking for and you won't do it so who isn't doing their job!??? I told them I would be changing my financial aid and transferring to a different school and of course they didn't care because they don't care about it and don't want to deal with it. It's really a shame that I wasted my time here.
• • •
Response from the owner - a week ago
Dear Dani, we're sorry to hear this. We will be sure to share your comments with our student affairs team to investigate.
Kori Carr's profile photo
Kori Carr
2 weeks ago
Wow I have never dealt with a more incompetent group of administrators before. All I wanted was to enroll in one course which has taken me well over two months to do. They also tried charging me for out of state tuition when I am in state. There phone service is awful. I do not recommend going here unless you absolutely have to. They are by far easier and better options out there for online colleges.
Response from the owner - 2 weeks ago
Dear Kori, We are sorry to hear this. We would appreciate you confirming your student name and best form of contact with annette.flores@riosalado.edu so we can gather more details, investigate and troubleshoot. We appreciate your input!
Melody Schneider's profile photo
Melody Schneider
in the last week
I took two semesters of German with Rio Salado. It was very difficult at the beginning of BOTH semesters to get signed up for the right class, since I was a minor and needed to get my parents signature. Now I've been trying for 2 months to try to send my transcripts to another state college. I filled out the paper work and payed to get it sent, then it didn't ever get sent. Now my account isn't working when I try to login so I can't resend it. No one knows what they're doing and no one knows how to help me or how to find the person I need to find to help me. I highly recommend using any other college but this one. It will save you lots of grief.
• • •
Response from the owner - in the last week
Dear Melody, we're sorry to hear about this. We are sharing your comments with our student affairs team. We appreciate your input.
Suzanne Reinhardt's profile photo
Suzanne Reinhardt
in the last week
I'm having similar experiences as several of the other reviewers, and I wish I had chosen another school. I'm only two weeks in, but my only real complaint is that I've been given incorrect information from the Admissions department -- twice. This has delayed whatever financial aid I could receive for two weeks. It's stressful being unsure about my finances especially because I'm depending on this. There are better ways to manage something as important as how people will support themselves while trying to improve their lives. After taking classes for a few weeks, I now have more to add. Their online classes are pretty basic, as far as I'm concerned. Mostly what's involved is a presentation of the material then it's up to you to take what you can from that and apply it to the project that is given at the end of that lesson. I have a graduate degree in educational technology and a certificate in online teaching and learning, so I want my classes to be of higher quality. More frustratingly, I have had repeated problems uploading my assignments. I don't know what the cause is and have contacted tech support twice. Neither time were they able to resolve my problem. It usually takes me two days to upload my assignment before it actually works. Someone should be able to help me with this. I have also followed up with the reply from the school. I emailed them, gave them my phone number and a good time to call me, but I have heard nothing. That was several weeks ago. It just indicates to me that the problems with this school are systemic, and there is much work to be done to improve the quality of education here. I don't feel optimistic about that happening.
• • •
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Dear Suzanne. Thank you for sharing your comments, which we will forward to our student services team to investigate. Would you please contact annette.flores@riosalado.edu to confirm your student name so we can cross-reference your records-- and let us know whether you're willing to talk to a member of our team to provide more details? Many thanks.
payton dela Cruz's profile photo
payton dela Cruz
2 weeks ago
I have dealt with incompetent educational administrations before, but never like this. My intent was to enroll in a summer course to transfer the credits to my primary university, but the ID verification took 2 weeks- far longer than the 3-5 day period that I was promised. I contacted Rio Salado repeatedly to ask about the status of my verification, but none of the apathetic-toned employees were able to help. My start date was pushed back so much that I would not be able to complete my course by the time I begin fall classes at my university. I realize that everything moves slowly in bureaucracies, but this was just egregious. Additionally, I was promised in-state tuition, but was instead charged for their out-of-state tuition which costed 4 times more. I decided that I would visit their office the next day to talk to try and resolve the problem. But later that evening, I found that I had been forcefully dropped from the class. Due to the ineptitude of this administration, I will likely not be able to take the class. Truly, what a mess. Community colleges are an asset to American society, but it's quite upsetting to know that there is so much dysfunction in this particular one.
• • •
Response from the owner - a week ago
Dear Payton, we are sorry to hear this. We are forwarding your comments to our student affairs and executive team to investigate.
Robert Cave's profile photo
Robert Cave
a month ago
After trying for 5 days to talk to a person, leaving multiple messages, and spending a considerable amount of time listening to the dreadful hold music I finally was able to talk to a person. This person was short and determinedly unhelpful. I was hoping to talk to a human being of intelligence, which was why I called in the first place. Sadly all I got was a robotic reading of the information posted online, as if I was too stupid to read it or even find it. The end result is I am now behind where I could be in my degree and I will take my business elsewhere. There is no shortage of community colleges and many of them can actually answer the phone and employ intelligent human beings.
• • •
Response from the owner - a month ago
Dear Robert, we are truly sorry to hear this news, which we will relay to our student affairs teams to investigate. when time permits, would you please confirm your student name and best way/time to contact you by emailing annette.flores@riosalado.edu.
Tom Chavez's profile photo
Tom Chavez
a month ago
Don't ever go here!! This place sucks the worst!! They take your money and they are happy to help UNTIL and this is a big UNTIL...you have issues with faculty, classes or any other dispute!! I hate this college and don't suggest it to anyone. They suck, they suck, they suck!! Ruby Miller is not only uncaring, but negligent in her handling other student affairs. Also, Jennifer Gresko and countless others!! Don't ever go here!! They are horrible!!
Response from the owner - a month ago
Dear Tom. We are very sorry to hear this. We will forward your comments to our student affairs and executive teams to investigate. When time permits, would you please reach out to annette.flores@riosalado.edu to confirm your student name and best way and time to contact you?
Stephanie Strobel's profile photo
Stephanie Strobel
2 months ago
I liked taking several classes at this university to include Marine Biology and Ecology. The positives of this school include online convenience. I can study whenever I want which allows for better work life balance. In order to make this work however, students must be prepared to put in a lot of work and teach yourself the material. The instructors will help you but they are full time professors or have private industry jobs. They can't help you at the last minute. A lot of posts I read describe this school rather poorly. If you follow APA format, you will not be accused of plagiarism even if you copy the whole book because you don't want to learn and are doing your homework at the last minute. Most of the people who gave negative reviews, it sounds like, did so because they were trying to do things at the last minute. That strategy rarely goes well especially in college where, you are expected to act as an adult and take care of yourself. This is not high school people. The classes are time intensive. For each science class, plan on 16 hours per week. You do have to go to the testing center to take your finals. With that said, you actually do have to learn the material rather than read over it and expect to do well. Financial aid and the registrar do their jobs well. For all of those who whine about going to college, realize it is a luxury item for some people. Instead of whining about your life and making excuses, work hard and accept personal accountability and responsibility for when things don't go as planned. This is why you plan ahead and follow up. If you feel someone isn't doing their job, report it or find someone else to help you. I am tired of so many people in life playing the victim and whining about things they do have the power to change and fix. If you really hate the school, take your money and go elsewhere.
• • •
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Dear Stephanie, we appreciate your comments, which we will forward to our student affairs team for review. When time permits, would you please reach out to annette.flores@riosalado.edu for follow up? Many thanks.

Stream

Pinned

Rio Salado College

Shared publicly  - 
 
Rio Salado will begin offering Advising 101 group webinar sessions, Wednesday July 27 at noon and 6 p.m.

Advising 101 satisfies Step 3 of the "Initial Advising Session” to complete registration in my.maricopa.edu.

Students will learn how to:
● Work with an advisor to reach their educational goals.
● Choose appropriate classes and programs.
● Apply prior college classes to their program.
● Transfer credits to a university program.
● Find resources and tips to help them succeed.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/advising101 for the latest details about Advising 101 sessions.
1
1
Mark antonio Watson (maka)'s profile photo
Add a comment...

Rio Salado College

Shared publicly  - 
 
SRP has restored power to Rio Salado Northern. We will be open for business at 9 a.m. We appreciate your patience.
1
Add a comment...

Rio Salado College

Shared publicly  - 
 
Attention: the Rio Salado Northern location is closed until further notice due to a power outage.

For testing services please call 480-517-8560.

We will keep you posted about  updates as they become available.
1
Add a comment...

Rio Salado College

Shared publicly  - 
 
The My.Maricopa Student Center will be down for planned maintenance beginning Saturday, July 23 at 6 p.m., until 6 a.m. Sunday, July 24. The following online student services will be unavailable during this time:
● Maricopa Enterprise ID account creation
● Enrollment for classes
● Grade reports
● Transcripts
● Financial aid information
● Student message center

Please plan accordingly.

During this outage, your student email, Canvas and RioLearn portals will still be available. You will also have the option to search for classes, research programs and degrees or contact an advisor.

Visit this web page for the latest updates: ow.ly/fzRB302ucyT
1
Add a comment...

Rio Salado College

Shared publicly  - 
 
Meet Rio Salado students Angela Lopez and Anne Prafada-- recipients of the Maricopa Community Colleges 2016 Chancellor's Civic Leadership Medallion. Learn more in RioNews.

Pictured here: MCCCD Center for Civic Participation (CCP) ambassador Deanna Villanueva-Saucedo, Angela Lopez, MCCCD Chancellor Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Anne Prafada and CCP ambassador Lawrence Robinson.
Meet Angela Lopez and Anne Prafada, the two Rio Salado College students who received the 2016 Chancellor's Civic Leadership Medallion. The chancellor awards medallions each year to Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) students for their engagement in and contributions to the ...
1
Add a comment...

Rio Salado College

Shared publicly  - 
 
Take part in a free community discussion Finding Peace & Restoration During a Time of Social Tension, Thursday July 21 at the Rio Salado Conference Center, 2-4:30 p.m.

TOPIC: This discussion provides students and employees a chance to share perspectives about recent violent events in the news headlines-- and issues that are pressing to them-- in a Safe Place for all to join together in peace and restorative circles for dialogue and perhaps, action. Learn more in RioNews. ow.ly/WH62302n7Cv

‪‪#‎mcccd‬ ‪#‎Arizona‬ ‪#‎TownHall‬ ‪#‎Equality‬ ‪#‎Justice‬ ‪#‎civicengagement‬ ‪#‎powertothepeople‬ ‪#‎democracymatters‬
1
Add a comment...

Communities

Rio Salado College

Shared publicly  - 
 
The My.Maricopa Student Center will be down for planned maintenance Saturday, July 30, 7 a.m. - noon.  Please plan ahead.  Click on the link below for more details.
1
Add a comment...

Rio Salado College

Shared publicly  - 
 
Rio Salado College is working to combat Arizona's teacher shortage by offering three “Grow Your Own Teacher” programs that identify and recruit future teachers. Many teaching candidates are individuals already working at the school as support staff or are community members interested in the profession.  Learn more in this RioNews feature.

#‎Teachers‬ ‪#‎Teaching‬ ‪#‎Scholarships‬ ‪#‎Arizona‬ ‪#‎Education‬ ‪#‎teachingjobs‬ ‪#‎TeachersMatter‬
This blog feature contributed by Rio Salado staff member Stefani Blaylock provides a look at the challenges Arizona schools are facing as a result of teacher shortages-- and a solution to help fill those needs. Grow Your Own Teacher: Rio Salado's Answer to Arizona's Teacher Shortage.
1
Add a comment...

Rio Salado College

Shared publicly  - 
 
The Rio Salado Teacher Education team is hosting a series of free, post baccalaureate teacher education orientation sessions at the Communiversity at Queen Creek. The first session begins today at 6 p.m.  Learn more in RioNews: ow.ly/FqxX302B9Yu

Attendees will learn about:
● Rio Salado College's Teacher Preparation program requirements
● Program expectations and support
● Registration process and requirements
● Answers to any other related questions you may have

‪#‎Teachers‬ ‪#‎Teaching‬ ‪#‎Scholarships‬ ‪#‎Arizona‬ ‪#‎Education‬ ‪#‎teachingjobs‬ ‪#‎TeachersMatter‬
1
Add a comment...

Rio Salado College

Shared publicly  - 
 
Rio Salado College and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are looking for 10 ‪#‎STEM‬ professionals to re-career as teachers to help Arizona schools meet major shortfalls. This video features a few NOYCE scholars talking about the rewards of the program and their new career.

“The Noyce program allowed me the opportunity to pass along my love of the sciences to the next generation of engineers, scientists and mathematicians,” said Timothy Jehl, a retired Intel electrical engineer who earned teacher certification through the Noyce grant and is featured in this video.

The Rio Salado Noyce Scholars fast-track teacher education program provides mentoring, assistance with job placement, first-year classroom support and a generous stipend of $16,500 from the National Science Foundation to cover expenses. Learn more by visiting www.riosalado.edu/noyce.

#STEM ‪#‎Teachers‬ ‪#‎Teaching‬ ‪#‎Scholarships‬ ‪#‎Arizona‬ ‪#‎Education‬ ‪#‎NSF‬ ‪#‎science‬ ‪#‎technology‬ ‪#‎engineering‬ ‪#‎math‬ ‪#‎teachingjobs‬ ‪#‎TeachersMatter‬
1
Add a comment...

Rio Salado College

Shared publicly  - 
 
New Rio Salado Library resource: Annenberg Learner has joined Films on Demand! This partnership provides students with free access to over 350 educational films in the areas of art, education, science, history, literature, mathematics, music, and more.  Check out the Annenberg Collection now! ow.ly/kGKX302pauC

Please note, you must be logged into your RioLearn account to access.
1
1
Add a comment...

Rio Salado College

Shared publicly  - 
 
Rio Salado College is looking for 10 ‪#‎STEM‬ professionals to re-career as teachers to help Arizona schools meet major shortfalls. Learn more in this RioNews feature ow.ly/90rE302g5NF or visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce.

The Rio Salado Noyce Scholars fast-track teacher education program provides mentoring, assistance with job placement, first-year classroom support and a generous stipend of $16,500 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to cover expenses.

“The Noyce program allowed me the opportunity to pass along my love of the sciences to the next generation of engineers, scientists and mathematicians,” said Timothy Jehl, a retired Intel electrical engineer who earned teacher certification through the Noyce grant.

#STEM ‪#‎Teachers‬ ‪#‎Teaching‬ ‪#‎Scholarships‬ ‪#‎Arizona‬ ‪#‎Education‬ ‪#‎NSF‬ ‪#‎science‬ ‪#‎technology‬ ‪#‎engineering‬ ‪#‎math‬ ‪#‎teachingjobs‬ ‪#‎TeachersMatter‬
1
Add a comment...