America’s online community college®

Become a part of a dynamic, accredited online campus that stretches from sea to shining sea

America is the land of opportunity. At Rio Salado College, we’re all about providing students with the classes and resources they’ll need so they can seize those opportunities for themselves. 

No matter where you call home, America’s Online Community College® is open to you. Learn anywhere and anytime: That’s the Rio Salado way.

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Programs for Your Career Path

Learn new job skills and acquire knowledge that will help you move on to a four-year degree or a new career.

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Rio Salado is Affordable

We make education affordable by capping our tuition per semester and offering financial aid to students who qualify.

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Online Classes with Flexible Start Dates

Our online classes have flexible start dates. Start almost any Monday!

Why choose Rio Salado?


Rio Salado College is an accredited, not-for-profit school with a distinguished history in Arizona. We’ve expanded the boundaries of our community college from physical campuses to the digital realm, offering informative online classes for students across the U.S.


Our accredited online classes are designed for maximum transferability. That means you can take your hard-earned credits with you if you decide to move on to a four-year university. All you have to do is check with the university you plan to attend to verify that they will accept the credits before you take the class. Your Success Coach can assist you. Completing one of our two-year online Associate’s degree programs is a great way to get a head start towards graduating with your four-year degree.

Calling all Rio Salado College students in need of adventure (and guidance)! Roadtrip Nation is sending students of all ages and fields of study out on a free road trip! Travel, talk to inspiring alumni, and see what’s possible beyond graduation. 

This adventure is made possible by Rio Salado College's National Division. The 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®.


IMPORTANT: Coronavirus Information

Based on the continuously evolving status surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, all online courses will continue as scheduled. The latest updates can be found at


"The best thing about Rio is the staff. They are uplifting and encouraging... Rio Salado has made it easy for me to go back to school, even with a family."

-Veronica Romero

"The classes were designed to make you successful... I was always able to get great feedback from my instructors and help to succeed in my classes."

-Daniel Mott

"It's very apparent from the day that you actually enroll in your classes that they just really want the best for their students."

-Kanyata Williams

Rio Salado Supports You Every Step of the Way

Rio Salado College offers a supportive and responsive environment for our students. We’re here to help you achieve your dreams. Whether it’s getting a degree, picking up a job-related certificate, or taking a single class or two, we have a team of success experts on hand to help you every step of the way. Our Success Coaches and career counselors are available to help you find the right track towards realizing your ambitions. And with RioLearn, we’ve designed our online classrooms to be user-friendly and intuitive. We’ve also included tools like RioCompass that helps you track your progress.