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The Rio Salado Tempe headquarters will be open Saturday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to help students during the back-to-school rush.  Learn more in RioNews.
Student services available: Academic Advisement · Bookstore · Cashier's Office · Financial Aid · Admissions and Records. The Testing Center, Knowledge Commons and Technology Support Helpdesk will have normal Saturday hours. The back to school rush usually continues through September.
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Here are some interesting findings from The Brookings Institution to consider as you plan for your educational journey. Included is analysis of the actual value of a college degree in today’s economy, how your choice of school or major affects your future opportunities, whether the return on your investment will pay off and more. Well worth the read!
If you’re one of the millions of students applying to college for admission next year—or if you’re the parent of a student who is—here are some questions that Brookings research might help you answer.
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New to Rio Salado? Need help getting oriented? Here are are a few resources, including some clever videos, to help you get acquainted with Rio Salado systems and terms that are unique to the college.
Monday starts, Block Calendar and other systems that are unique to Rio Salado can be a bit confusing, especially if you're not familiar with the related terminology. Here are a list of words and phrases that will help new students meet academic, registration and financial aid requirements.
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Rio Salado Faculty Chair of Addiction and Substance Use Disorders program Kirk Bowden published an editorial for Advances in Addiction & Recovery, a professional journal published by #NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals, in which he calls on state behavioral health regulatory/licensing boards to implement a requirement that behavioral health professionals have addiction-specific education and experience before practicing addiction counseling independently. Most states do not have this requirement. Learn more in RioNews.
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You can earn college credits toward Rio Salado’s many Business and Public Administration programs through our new Internship Program. Check out RioNews for more details: ow.ly/RmlUF
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We are pleased to announce that David O’Shea has been appointed to serve as Rio Salado College's Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Information Services.  O’Shea, who has served Rio Salado for the last two and half years, is eager to help the college expand its reach and impact through innovative technologies and strategies. Learn more in RioNews.
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Lunch plans? Enjoy local, organic and homemade delights from the Café at Rio. The Café at Rio is open to the public-- and so is our Café at Rio Gift Card, which can save you 10% on all of your purchases. Talk to one of our friendly staff for details.

The Café @ Rio is committed to serving sustainable food that nourishes the body and soul. We support local food suppliers, and feature their products in our daily specials and seasonal menu options. We employ sustainable food practices to better serve you and the environment. Learn more at www.riosalado.edu/cafe
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Take advantage of the Rio Salado Bookstore Price Match Promise-- to meet the lowest advertised price on your college textbooks!
Purchased or rented, new or used-- show the bookstore a better advertised price and it will give you the difference on a gift card. To receive a one-time price adjustment: ● Bring your original receipt and advertisement for the better price to the store within 7 days of your original purchase.
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Having difficulty downloading the free version of Microsoft Office 365? The Maricopa Community Colleges IT team is working with Microsoft to resolve issues that are preventing students from downloading this software. We will keep you posted on their progress. Please visit my.maricopa.edu for the latest updates. 
Using Microsoft Office 365. Updated: 05/06/2015. Maricopa Community Colleges provides Microsoft Office 365 to every current student free of charge? Office 365 is the latest version of Microsoft's productivity suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, and more.
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See a trend here? U.S. News Education examines the ever-increasing expenses at public and private schools-- and provides another reason to choose Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges.
Get a look at how expenses at both public and private schools have shot up since 1995.<br />
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Are you among the 40 million Americans with student loans? Here’s some advice from U.S. News Education for parents who are trying to save for their children’s education—while managing their own student debt—and how to avoid common college savings mistakes. 
Take stock of existing student debt, but don't delay starting to save for the next generation. ;
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Arizona voters will take part in the Phoenix general election and Tucson primary election tomorrow, August 25, to choose a mayor, council members and ballot measures they want to adopt. Are you prepared to make your decision? We hope you take the time to engage in this important civic duty.

Visit your county recorders office for details on how to vote this August and November. Here are links to Maricopa and Pima voter resources:
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Early ballots must be received by August 25.

Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world. -- Sharon Salzberg
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2323 W 14th St Tempe, AZ 85281
2323 West 14th StreetUSArizonaTempe85281
(480) 517-8000riosalado.edu
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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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"Horrible. The administration and financial aid department are incompetent."
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Tobin Morse
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It's a fine school, website and online classes can be a little funny sometimes and communication was never the best but not horrible either. I did learn lots of stuff about various topics which was the goal of taking the classes. The ASL program wasn't super strong and sometimes didn't make sense at all but I'm an experienced signer and was looking for an easy A class so it was frustrating at times but the class was geared towards beginning signers. Other than that I have been pleased.
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Response from the owner - in the last week
Dear Tobin, thanks for sharing these insights, which we will be sure to forward to our student and academic affairs teams. We are pleased to be of service to you!
Janine Taylor
in the last week
My situation is similar to Greg F.'s. Last summer I decided to take PHY 111 online through Rio Salado in order to get ahead on my biology requirements as I attended ASU during the normal school year. I wish I would have read the reviews before enrolling in this course. First off, I was told that I needed to purchase the $150 textbook and the $30 nonreturnable lab kit. I should have known something was fishy when my questions went unanswered about what was contained within this "lab kit". Basically, $30 spent on some paper clips, a string, a six inch paper laminated rulers, and a paper laminated protractor. I was BEYOND FRUSTRATED that I spent $30 on this. To make matters worse, the labs still required me to go out and purchase extra materials! The textbook was useless but luckily I was able to return it. Starting off the class I came to recognize that my professor offered NO OFFICE HOURS, no lecture videos, and ultimately NO INSTRUCTION!!! Just read the textbook and get vague responses. Asking questions was pointless because the professor with the initials E.F. answered almost rhetorically, and tried to make me feel stupid. Mind you that I am a Barrett Honors student at ASU with a 4.5 GPA. Since Rio Salado offered NO TUTORING, I hired my own tutor three times. Another $150! Despite the complex topics and no help, I managed to average 90% on the homework and labs. Then the first midterm came and it was terrible! It was NOTHING like the homework. For the second half, it was expected of us to TYPE math. What?!? This is physics not a computer class! They also would not allow graphing calculators. The final for this class was the same. The withdraw date for the classes are one day before the midterm, and now I see why. They just want your money! Nobody even told me that I could have done a complete withdraw right before the final, as this was the first AND last class I will ever take from Rio Salado. And on a final note, Rio Salado discourages students from forming study groups. They do not tell you who is in your classes for what they claim is a precautionary measure against "cheating". I ended up talking to a girl who had taken PHY 111 at Rio with a professor and he curved their midterm. Are you serious?!? If the material is the same then why was one professor curving and mine wasn't. After getting a 90% average on the homework and lab and then a 55% average on the midterm and final, I emailed my professor about this. Again, she disregarded my questions and blew me off. I ENDED UP FAILING THE COURSE I SPENT ABOUT 15-20 HOURS A WEEK ON AND $700 ON!!! BOTTOM LINE: RIO SALADO SUCKS AND SO DO ITS PROFESSORS. I ADVISE EVERYONE I KNOW NOT TO attend this excuse for a "college". I am now having to retake physics at ASU. I am an aspiring dental student and the reason I did not submit my application this cycle was because I was terrified of the F on my transcript! P.S. Do not even register for a class here if you're not sure about it. I know someone who registered for a math class and dropped it before the class started, and Rio Salado put a "W" or "withdrawal" on his transcript!
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Response from the owner - in the last week
Dear Janine, thank you for sharing your comments, which we are forwarding to our student affairs and academic affairs teams. We encourage you to share future comments using this customer feedback form: http://www.riosalado.edu/contact/Pages/Customer-Service-Feedback.aspx. We appreciate your perspective and hope you will consider discussing this matter further with one of our representatives.
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Zack Gomez
2 months ago
I chose this college because I knew it was the best in terms of diversity. It has been the most awesome educational experience I have ever had! Everybody is always trying to help me and I even won a raffle for answering some questions! I am always the only one posting on their articles. Their classes are alot of fun and easy to do. Having an online format is flexible and I have been able to travel while attending this school. I also think the Rio Waves mascot is an awesome choice!
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Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Really appreciate your comments and engagement. Thanks, Zack!
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John Field
2 weeks ago
The resources, financial aid office, tutoring, library and especially student-life office were amazing! My time at Rio Salado College has changed my life for good.
Response from the owner - a week ago
Thanks, John. We really appreciate the kind words!
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nunez793
a month ago
I googled Rio again this summer to browse their class schedule and was really surprised by the low rating. I took two classes that transferred to my university because I wanted to (finally) complete my Bachelors. I was able to supplement my full time schedule at the university with an online COMM 100 and Intro to Nutrition class and was able to graduate sooner! I love that the classes start every Monday- thus giving students the ability to go for classes when they need to. You can trust me when I say that (especially with the rising cost of tuition) an online class+textbook at Rio is a good deal for what you will pay at the University. I was thrilled at the money and time it saved me- but this is just my personal experience... I should add that online classes are different. I believe that the convenience of being able to study and 'go to' class on my own personal time schedule was an acceptable trade-off for the extra amount of work given to me for online classes. The instructors I had worked with me when I needed them to and let students know up front how the online classes worked. I think they are great for people who need a class to work with their schedule and are realistic about the amount of work it will take.
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Response from the owner - a month ago
Wow! Thank you for sharing this review. We really appreciate your insights and effort to share this post. We look forward to being of service to you again. Mind if we share this post? If yes, please drop us a line at riosaladonews@gmail.com, along with a photo if you like. Best regards.
Greg F
in the last week
First off, If you are going to take an online class and it's something like "health" or some type of non-science class, go for it! The good part about his community college is that they do offer numerous start dates. For me, the issue is a little different. I signed up for a science class requirement, Marine Biology (BIO 145). It's the last science class I need that meets the lab requirements for my BS degree from Portland State University. With an overall score of 78%, I did NOT pass this class!!! Be warned... do NOT take a science class here especially if you have any type of generalized anxiety disorder or reading comprehension issue. The issue: Marine Biology requires two things In order to pass the class. First, they require that you average over a 60% on the lab section which I did. Second, they also require you to average a 60% on your mid-term and Final. If the two do not equal 60%, you fail despite the fact that I scored a 78% in this class! My issue: Prior to taking the mid-term, I had a 95% in the class. I had contacted the professor on more than one occasion advising her that I was very worried about the "timed" exam as I had generalized anxiety, meaning that under conditions of pressure, I tend to have anxiety attacks. I ask if there were any other options available. I was told that if I was disabled that I would need it in writing and that I should have contacted the school. Here the university neglects to realize that millions of individuals have anxiety or other issues and are NOT disabled. When I took the lab portion of the mid-term, I scored a 38% because I left more than half the questions unanswered. Also you are not able to move on from questions you don't know to questions you do on the lab portion, so of course, my anxiety kicked in as I watched the clock wind down; finally to the point where I couldn't comprehend anything I was reading. Because I did so poor, I once again reached out to the professor advising her that I intended to take the exam late even though there was a 10% penalty because I knew there was no way I would pass it. I was trying to figure out a strategy. Mind you, all science tests are timed, giving the student 30 seconds to read, comprehend and answer each question. The only response I received was "you'll do fine". I failed the mid-term as well, again guessing on the last 15 questions. For the final, it wasn't much better. On the first section, I scored a 53% and on the second portion I scored an 80%. I admit, on the second portion my partner sat next to me with his iPhone stop watch timing each question making sure I was answering each question. This was the only way I would not get hung up on questions and fixate. Needless to say, I received an overall 78% for the class. But, when averaging my midterm and finals, my average was 58%. Only after the class did I learn that some science classes’ offer proctored exams, yet no such offer was made to me when I asked. Finally, all I asked from this school was that they wave the 10% late penalty on the mid-term as the only reason I was late was because I was not advised of any options available to me. Finally today, I was told that changing the grade is NOT an option because it's too late. But let us not forget that it took them almost two weeks to respond to my request. Would it have been too late if they had not waited two weeks? No. Since it’s obviously too late for me, I ask that Rio Salado PLEASE empower your teachers to have some form of discretion especially when working with students who might have issues but are NOT disabled. An example would be allowing Proctored exams in the place of timed exams. This would have given me the time to read, analyze and answer each question without the added anxiety. Remember, your mission is to assist students. Look at the reviews online. 2.4 Out of 5.0? 3.7 Out of 10? Students are different and their needs are different as well. It sure would be nice if this was resolved without the student (me) jumping through hoops.
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Response from the owner - in the last week
Dear Greg, we have forwarded your comments to our student affairs team. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Someone will be following up with you. Best regards.
Wade Sharp
2 months ago
Every review you are reading is true. ESPECIALLY about the incompetence of the administrators. They are rude, condescending, and act as if you are wrong or lying. I don't know what it is about this school.. As soon as I am done with my class I will not be going back. I am usually a completely agreeable person, but I would not recommend this institution for anybody. I have taken loads of online classes, and have actually never even written a bad review before. In fact, I am going out of my way to report Robert Stratman to the dean's office, who will likely do nothing. It's unfortunate that they got my money when it could have endowed one of the many wonderful Maricopa Community Colleges that I have enjoyed attending in the past. Truly an unfortunate experience. DO NOT GO HERE.
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Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Dear Wade. We're sorry to hear about your experience. We will be sharing this with our Student Affairs team to address Would you mind if we reached out to you to get more details?
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Amanda Nicole
5 months 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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