Welcome to Rio Salado College

For the education you want on the schedule you need, Rio Salado College is here for you. Whether you’re looking to transfer to a four-year program, get workforce training, or work toward your GED, Rio Salado has classes and programs to meet your needs. We’re ready to help you with advising, registration, tutoring, new student orientation classes, English as a Second Language programs, financial aid, work-study programs, scholarships, and more.

Flexible learning opportunities

A recognized leader in online learning, RSC makes education accessible, affordable, and flexible, with classes starting almost every Monday.

Focus on giving back

Rio Salado College employees volunteer in the community with youth and those with disabilities, and offer free and discounted dental services.

Accelerated options

Online RSC students can choose accelerated eight-week class options and flexible Monday start dates throughout the year.

Online on your schedule

Online on your schedule

Rio Salado College is one of the largest online public community colleges in the nation, serving more than 55,000 students annually with nearly 27,000 online in all 50 states and internationally. We offer more than 600 online classes and more than 100 degree and certificate programs with 45-plus Monday start dates so students can complete their coursework on their desired time. 

Diverse student population

Diverse student population

Whatever stage of life you’re in, Rio Salado College has a program for you. We are one of the largest providers of adult basic education in Arizona and serve incarcerated re-entry students, active military, and veterans and their families. We also have opportunities for high school students, university students taking supplemental classes, international students, transfer students, and lifelong learners.

A focus on public service

A focus on public service

RSC offers innovative programs and services to complement its mission, vision, and values, including providing Sun Sounds of Arizona, a radio reading service that provides access and information to people who cannot read print materials because of a disability. The division also manages two SPOT 127 youth media centers to help Valley teens develop state-of-the-art skills in digital media and journalism while connecting them to higher education. 


Monday start dates, allowing students to start when it’s convenient for them


Number of online classes that reach students in all 50 states and internationally.


Number of dual-enrollment partnering high schools.

Reach out to the community

Reach out to the community

Rio Salado College employees actively volunteer their time, effort, and resources to support the Arizona Heart Walk, Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, Be A Leader Foundation, Valley of the Sun United Way, and many other community outreach efforts. Plus, the Rio Salado Dental Clinic holds an annual free clinic for kids and offers dental hygiene services at discounted rates to the public all year long.

Reinventing learning to change lives

Founded in 1978, Rio Salado College takes pride in its national reputation as a leader in higher education and works closely with local, national, and international institutions to reinvent the learning experience. RSC was named a Top 10 Digital Savvy College in the U.S. by the Center for Digital Education and Converge magazine. We know you’ll love our customized learning experiences, flexibility, and personalized commitment to every student’s success.
Online and all around

Online and all around

RSC offers programs and services in strategic locations around the Valley designed as empowerment centers primarily for adult re-entry students – active military, veterans and their families – and Valley youth.

National reputation

National reputation

RSC was recently recognized with a $2.7 million First in the World grant from the U.S. Department of Education and named a Bright Spot in Education for the college’s Adults Achieving a College Education program.

Transfers made easy

Transfers made easy

More than 40 university partners across the country accept student transfer credits toward specific programs, which means additional cost savings to students.

Early start

Early start

High school-age students can earn college credits from RSC, too, with opportunities like dual-enrollment and concurrent-enrollment classes.

Campus Locations

Rio Salado Tempe 

Communiversity at Queen Creek

East Valley Veterans Education Center

RSC Luke Air Force Base

RSC Avondale

RSC Dental Clinic

RSC Downtown

RSC Northern

RSC Lifelong Learning Center

RSC Thomas

SPOT 127

RSC Southern

Learn more about Rio Salado College

Whether your goal is to complete a degree, transfer to a university, earn a certificate, enhance your career, or take classes for personal growth, we can help you get started at RSC! Visit the Rio Salado College website to learn more about our campuses, online opportunities, course offerings, and more.

Call us at 480-517-8000

Our Rio Salado student representatives are here for you. Ask us your questions and get started today.