Rio Salado College

“The College Within Everyone’s Reach”

Earn your college credits and degree through Rio Salado located in beautiful Arizona, a Western state known for its sunshine and spectacular sunsets, diverse cultural experiences, and sophisticated higher education atmosphere!

Rio Salado offers two options for you to earn a U.S. college degree:

  1. Outside the U.S.Study in your own country by taking courses through Rio Salado College Online wherever you have access to a computer. Rio Salado College Online       is one of the nation’s leading and most reputable providers of eLearning certificates and degrees.  
  2. Inside the U.S.Live in or near Tempe, Arizona and take courses online, in person, or a combination of both through Rio Salado College.

The Rio Salado Advantage

The Tower @ Rio, Tempe, Arizona USA

Located just minutes from Phoenix, Rio Salado College is recognized as an educational leader and innovator both in the U.S. and internationally. Unlike traditional colleges and universities, Rio Salado does not maintain a campus.  Students earn their courses primarily through eLearning courses that start every two weeks, or directly at their places of employment.  In addition, some in-person classes are available for international students.  The college offers multiple choices through 13 different degree programs.  You can choose from popular and in-demand career fields that include but are not limited to:

  • Business
  • Chemical Dependency Case Management
  • Computer Technology
  • Clinical Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygiene (in-person only)
  • Teacher Education – Complete Pathway
  • Nursing—RN, LPN to RN, and Nurse Assistant
  • Organizational Management
  • Public Administration
  • General Education Courses

You can also complete General Education requirements for your degree program through Rio Salado’s online courses in:  Humanities, Social Sciences, Math, Physical Sciences, Foreign Languages, English, Psychology, Sociology and more.

Check out Rio Salado’s Online Course Schedule.

Rio Salado Statistics at a Glance

  • 2005-2006 headcount             44,000+
  • Number of online students      24,000+
  • Number of online courses       400+
  • Number of certificates and
    degrees awarded annually      4,300+


Rio Salado employs more than 900 adjunct faculty members who report to 30 permanent faculty chairs.

At least 50% of the college’s residential faculty hold doctorate degrees.


Rio Salado is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, one of the nation’s largest accrediting bodies.

Additional Credentials

Rio Salado is the second largest of the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges, the largest community college district of its type in the nation.


For a consultation regarding costs that includes tuition, fees, living expenses, books, insurance and other expenses, please call an international student advisor at 001-866-517-8416 or email us at

Office of International Education

The Office of International Education provides services to international students from diverse countries, cultures and languages.  This office is committed to providing quality service that supports the college’s educational goals and enhances student life opportunities for the international community.  Types of services offered include:

  • International Education Week/Foreign Language Week
  • Admission and Registration Advising
  • New Student Orientation
  • Personalized Admission Assistance
  • Visa Counseling and Issuance of I-20’s
  • Housing Information
  • Transfer Information

Experience Arizona!

Tempe and the surrounding area offer abundant opportunities for intellectual stimulation, the arts, shopping, and outdoor recreation. 

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