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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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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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The votes are in. Rio Salado's new mascot will be a Roadrunner, Raven or a Wave! Many thanks to all of the students, faculty, staff and other members of our community for taking part-- especially the 134 people who submitted more than 200 mascot ideas and the 1,300 voters. We'll announce the finalist March 24.
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Is there a librarian in the house? You bet there is. Ask a Librarian is a free service that connects Maricopa Community Colleges students with librarians who can help online, anytime! What are you waiting for? Ask a Librarian now. ow.ly/JdrkN
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Your chance to vote for the top three mascot finalists ends Friday, Feb. 20 at midnight. Come on, join in the fun! It only takes a couple of minutes. The finalist will be announced March 24, 2015.
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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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Please note, Rio Salado Advisement offices will be closed Friday, Feb. 27 so staff can attend the annual Maricopa Advisement conference. We apologize if this poses an inconvenience. Please call our main line if you need immediate assistance at 480-517-8000 or 800-729-1197.
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Rio Salado Student Affairs staff attended the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley 23rd Annual Youth of the Year Banquet to honor and recognize high school students who have emerged as outstanding members of their individual branches, including Ny'Quenta Strong of the Boys & Girls Ladmo Branch in Tempe. Rio Salado staff presented Strong with a $1,000 scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year at last night's gathering.  Learn more in RioNews.
Rio Salado Student Affairs staff attended the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley 23rd Annual Youth of the Year Banquet to honor and recognize high school students who have emerged as outstanding members of their individual branches, including Ny'Quenta Strong of the Boys & Girls Ladmo Branch ...
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The East Valley Veterans Education Center is now the City of Tempe's official resource for #veterans. Join us to celebrate this new partnership during a community resource fair this Saturday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the EVVEC.  Visit RioNews for more details.
The City of Tempe and the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) have joined forces to provide benefits and services to local military veterans and their families at no cost. A community Resource Fair and Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb.
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Founder of Mrs. Fields' Cookies, New York Times best-selling author, TV personality and motivation speaker Debbi Fields will present a live broadcast Feb. 24, which Rio Salado's National Society of Leadership and Success group will telecast at the Conference Center @ Rio, 5-6:15 p.m. This free event is open to students, staff and the public. Learn more in RioNews. ow.ly/JpD9D
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2323 W 14th St Tempe, AZ 85281, United States
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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"I would advise you attend any other community college."
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"Horrible. The administration and financial aid department are incompetent."
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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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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.
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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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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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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Ceren Kalyon
a month ago
Terrible customer service and very rude over the phone. Was not able to help me with basic needs and the workers did not know anything. Don't recommend taking a class there or trying to get any kind of help. Hated it!
Eric Johnson
7 months ago
Rio Salado is amazing if you are willing to put in the work and have a fairly good reading comprehension level. I was able to transfer from Rio directly to ASU and was accepted into Barrett, The Honors College (the top honors college in the country in 2013) and the W. P. School of Business. I will be graduating next spring with honors and will be attending grad school in the subsequent fall. It was a lot of hard work but the opportunities are there for those who are willing to work for it. With that said if your reading comprehension level is not above average I would highly recommend a brick and mortar institute with hands on instructors that can cater to your needs.
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