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Academic Advisement

When you're pursuing a degree or certificate at Rio Salado college, you will have an assigned academic advisor who specializes in your field of interest. Your advisor will be your main point of contact for selecting the academic program and courses to meet your goals.

Your Advisor’s Role

Throughout your Rio College experience, your assigned advisor can:

  • Help you select the right courses to meet your program requirements.
  • Refer you to college resources such as tutoring, financial aid, library services, etc.
  • Discuss any prior college/university credits earned and how they fit into your current goals.
  • Review appropriate university transfer options with you.
  • Help you set reasonable goals each semester.
  • Answer any questions you have.

Get Started on Your Guided Journey

Within 24 hours after your admission to the college, you will be assigned to an academic advisor by your field of interest.

  1. Log in to RioLearn.
  2. Click the RioCompass icon at the top of the page.
  3. Your assigned academic advisor displays under My Success Team.
  4. Contact information for your assigned advisor displays and you can schedule an appointment with your advisor.

You may reach out to your advisor through email or by phone.  You can also contact your advisor to set up a phone or Zoom appointment.

Prepare for your Advising Session

Prior College of University Credit

If you have successfully completed courses at other U.S. regionally accredited universities and colleges and/or ACE evaluated programs and would like to either enroll in a Rio Salado class that requires a prerequisite or see how prior credits will transfer and apply to your program click on one of the links below.

Important Forms

College Credit for Prior Learning

Learning acquired through, for example, work experience, independent study and non-credit courses can be evaluated for possible college credit.

Credit for Prior Learning

Transfer to a University

Rio Salado credits seamlessly transfer to many colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

Rio Salado Transfer Center


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