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Why Choose Rio?
Why Choose Rio?

Rio Salado College is a leader in online learning that has provided quality educational options for more than 40 years. We offer seamless university credit transfer options to many universities and colleges nationwide. You can also take a few classes or earn a certificate or degree. 

We are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and dedicated to maintaining a tradition of excellence by supporting our students through affordable tuition and flexible online classes that start most Mondays throughout the year. In addition, we offer degree programs and personalized services that allow you to fit education into your life.

Highly Satisfied Alumni

We are recognized for our excellence in online learning, award-winning faculty and educational innovation. But you don’t have to take it from us. According to a recent alumni survey:

91% indicated Rio met or exceeded their expectations

88% were able to achieve their goals from attending Rio

71% indicated Rio provided the skills needed for their job

63% are earning higher income because of attending Rio

Source: Survey responses from 554 Rio Salado College graduates from 2014-2019.

Your Student Experience

National Division

Rio Salado's National Division serves the needs of out-of-state students, furthering our mission to provide students across the nation with an affordable and accessible education as America's Online Community College ™.

National Division
Sample RioLearn and Experience Online Learning

RioLearn is the college's online learning portal where you take online classes. Try the free, interactive RioLearn demo now.

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What type of student are you?

Your enrollment steps are determined by student type.

Your enrollment steps are determined by student type.

Your enrollment steps are determined by student type.

Your enrollment steps are determined by student type.

Your enrollment steps are determined by student type.

Your enrollment steps are determined by student type.

Affordable Tuition

Rio Salado College students enjoy affordable tuition when taking online classes. Save even more when you take your first two years of college at Rio at community college pricing before transferring to a university for degree completion.

Tuition and Fees

$85 per credit - Maricopa County and Reciprocal AZ Counties

$250 per credit - Out of State students

HLC

Rio Salado is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Rio Salado is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Specific programs have additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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