About Rio Salado College

Rio Salado College is America's Online Community College! Learn from a nationally recognized leader in online learning.

Rio Salado College Culture

About Us

Rio Salado’s primary purpose was to find ways to serve nontraditional students, working adults, just like you. Today, Rio Salado has a national reputation for online excellence. The college is one of the largest online public community colleges in the nation, serving nearly 53,000 students annually with nearly 28,000 online in all 50 states and internationally. Rio Salado has been providing higher education for over 40 years and is a leading institution in online education. Rio Salado College began offering online education over 20 years ago.

We're committed to maintaining our tradition of excellence by offering flexible and affordable online degree and certificate programs to students all across America!

Our Vision

Empower learners everywhere through innovative education.

Our Mission

We redefine the educational experience by anticipating the needs of our students and future workforce. We support learners where they are and provide high-quality, flexible, and accessible education to empower individual goal attainment, foster partnerships, and strengthen communities.

Our Values

Rio Salado College honors everyone’s unique qualities with respect and dignity.

We Value:

  • Innovation and Learning
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Integrity and Stewardship
  • Sustainable Practices
  • Collaboration and Service

The National Division

Our National Division is dedicated to providing our out-of-state students with the same level of personalized care and support that our Arizona students receive. National students have access to a team of Success Coaches who are trained to provide exemplary service in financial aid, advisement, and enrollment. National students also get a tuition rate capped at eleven credits per semester.


Rio Salado College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting bodies in the United States. It is officially recognized as an accrediting body by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.

Through articulation agreements, credits earned are accepted at many universities across the United States.

College Catalog

The college catalog is a comprehensive guide to Rio Salado College’s mission, academic information, areas of study, tuition, policies, and more. The catalog includes information on Rio Salado’s student support services, registration, financial services, educational partnerships, and Maricopa Community College District-wide programs.

The catalog is printed annually and is archived and viewable online. Graduation requirements for Associate’s degrees are determined according to the catalog in effect at the time of a student’s initial enrollment. The college reserves the right to change any provision or requirement at any time.

For complete information including current dates and course listings, please use the catalog in conjunction with the current online class schedule and mini-syllabus.

Consumer Information

To help you make informed decisions regarding your education, the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), the Student Right-to-Know Act, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) were passed. These Acts – as well as the Student Consumer Information regulations of the U.S. Department of Education – are referenced here to provide all disclosures in one location. Additional information may be located in the college catalog with administrative regulations shared in the Catalog Common Pages.