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Commencement 2015 is Tuesday, May 5!. Check out RioNews for details on how you and your guests should prepare for this special event. ‪#‎RioGrad‬.
We are pleased you will be joining us for Commencement 2015. We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments. This downloadable, two-page fact sheet will help you and your guests prepare for this special day. Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Place: Comerica Theatre 400 W. Washington St.
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Corinthian Colleges announced on Monday, April 27 that it was ceasing operations and instruction at its 30 locations. As of yesterday, Rio Salado began working with administration from Everest College Phoenix to help students majoring in accounting, business and criminal justice to complete their educational goals. If you’re among the students affected by this closure, we encourage you to contact us by calling 1-888-423-2248 or submitting inquiries to www.riosalado.edu/everest and joinus@riosalado.edu. Visit RioNews for additional details: ow.ly/Mmpb4
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Get over your fear of public speaking! Take part in a Rio Copa Toastmasters Brown Bag Workshop-- Wednesday, May 6, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Learn more in RioNews: ow.ly/MfOov
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Rio Salado's Alpha Theta Omicron chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society had a lot to celebrate this spring-- including the induction of 34 new students.  Learn more in RioNews.
The PTK chapter attended the Arizona Regional Convention hosted by Paradise Valley Community College, March 27-28 and came home with several awards. Chapter awards: • Five Star Level (highest level possible) • A Distinguished Arizona Chapter • Honors-in-Action Project Award ...
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14th Annual Bright Futures #Scholarship Provides Help to Aspiring Early Childhood Education (ECE) Teachers.  Learn more in RioNews.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/earlychildhood to learn more about Rio Salado's Online Early Childhood & Human Development certificate and degree programs.
Bright Horizons® has launched its 2015 Bright Futures program and developed an award to encourage students of great promise to continue pursuing their dreams of teaching young children. To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in a program in ECE or related field.
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The finalists have been chosen! Vote now for your favorite mascot name. Voting is open April 22-27. Get started here: ow.ly/LZ1K4
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Get paid while you learn to ‪#‎teach‬ with Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence program.This fast-track teacher ed program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into teaching. Take part in a May 12 orientation to learn more. ow.ly/Mp1FM
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Need a book for an assignment but short on time? Take advantage of EBSCO's eBooks collections and get instant access to more than 130,000 titles from leading university presses and academic publishers.This collection is available to students 24/7 and has a built in-citation tool to help with your reference list or works cited page. Check it out here: ow.ly/MiBDg
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You have until midnight to vote for your favorite mascot name! Join in the fun. It's quick and easy! ow.ly/LZ1K4
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It literally pays to talk to your academic advisor-- especially if you're an online community college student transferring to a four-year online institution. This story by U.S. News & World Report education reporter Ian Quillen emphasizes the steps you should take before transferring. Included are perspectives from Rio Salado Director of Academic Advisement David Hall.  

Rio Salado's articulation agreements with Arizona's three public universities and 40+ university partners make it easy to transfer.   Call on an academic advisor now to see what you need to do to prepare. www.riosalado.edu/advisement
Research articulation agreements before transferring online community college courses to a four-year, online program. ;<br />
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Check out the City of Tempe Earth Day Expo today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tempe City Hall with Rio Salado Director of Sustainable Food Systems, Michael Hodgins. Hodgins will talk about the college’s Sustainable Food Systems program and share tips on how to make sustainable growing and eating a part of your lifestyle. For more details visit: ow.ly/LYCGD

Visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/sustainable for more details about our Sustainable Food Systems program.
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Thanks to everyone who participated in our mascot naming contest. We received 250 unique entries! Our mascot selection committee is busily narrowing down entries to 3 finalists. Once announced, you will have the chance to vote for your favorite name. Stay tuned for details.
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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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"As a matter of fact ALL of Maricopa Community Colleges are terrible."
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"To bad I can't give negative stars."
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"Stay away for this second rate educational institution."
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LazyLostRoman S
2 weeks ago
I am impressed with the content and thoroughness of the coursework. As a home School-er, I registered my 16-year old daughter into Mat187 and Eng101 to begin working on college Generals. The coursework is challenging. She has learned much. The instructors' grades are fair. Warning: If you expect an easy, just click through a degree path, then go elsewhere. Real learning occurs here. I suspect the lion share of the negative reviews come from those expecting easy breezy.
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Chris Yeager
2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
Dear Chris, we are so sorry to hear this. We are forwarding your comments to our student services teams.
Jason Bourne
2 months ago
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.
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
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 months 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.
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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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Hannah Simpson
2 months 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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Carolina Gastelum
3 months 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
4 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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