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Rio Salado College
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2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

Honors Program at Rio Salado College

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Since its inception in academic year 1981-1982, the Honors Program at Rio Salado College provides intellectually stimulating learning opportunities for academically outstanding students. The program includes Scholarships, distinguished multidisciplinary classes, the Honors Forum Lecture Series, and cultural opportunities including Symphony Connections and free admission to the Phoenix Art Museum.

This year is the 35th year for the Honors Programs. The theme for this year is "Democracy in Action."

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Students who have completed 12 or more letter-graded credits of 100- or 200 level college work at Rio Salado College or another MCCCD college with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher may be eligible to receive the Honors Achievement Award (a partial fee waiver) as a member of the Honors Program.

Honors membership is also available to students as a Presidents’ Honors Scholar if they are within one year of their high school graduation and who either graduated in the top 20% of their class or with excellent scores on all three MCCCD placement tests.

Presidents’ Scholars receive a scholarship of a dollar amount equal to fifteen credits of tuition plus the $15 registration fee. All Honors students enroll in specified honors courses which are designed to challenge the high achiever.

Testimonial from an honors student 

Rio Salado College Honors Program Outcomes

An Honors Student at Rio Salado College will:

Think Critically

Critical thinking is exhibited by the ability to:

  • analyze and evaluate material by distinguishing between facts and opinions, judgments and inferences, inductive and deductive arguments, and objective and subjective materials;
  • generate questions, construct and recognize the structure of arguments, and support arguments adequately;
  • define, analyze, and devise solutions for new and different problems and issues;
  • collect, organize, classify, correlate, analyze and present materials and data;
  • integrate information from a diverse range of sources and media types, and identify relationships between information objects; and
  • critiquing their beliefs by remaining open to new information, methods, cultural systems, and diverse values and beliefs.

Testimonial from an honors student 

Communicate Effectively

Effective communication is exhibited by the ability to:

  • apply appropriate communication strategies for diverse audiences;
  • express ideas and concepts precisely and persuasively in multiple formats
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  • employ writing conventions suitable to research and/or creative processes.


Demonstrate Integrity

Integrity is exhibited by the ability to:

  • employ appropriate scholarly standards of conduct;
  • demonstrate respect for intellectual property by following the citation norms of a given discipline and engaging good digital citizenship practices; and
  • identify social issues and accept responsibility for active civic engagement.

Prepare for Future Success

Preparation is exhibited by the ability to:

  • demonstrate engagement as an informed, independent learner;
  • define and achieve educational/career objectives; and
  • demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning.