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About Rio Salado College

Rio Salado College is a public, state school in an urban setting in Tempe, Arizona. Rio Salado College was founded in 1978 and enrolls 17,362 undergrads and no graduate students.

For each full-time student, Rio Salado College spends about $1,960. There are 28 undergraduate students for every full-time Rio Salado College professor.

2021 Rio Salado College Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
In-State Tuition $85
Out-of-State $241

2022 Rio Salado College Regular Decision Application Deadline

Rio Salado College Early Admission

Rio Salado College does not offer early decision or early action.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for Rio Salado College

It is not competitive to get into Rio Salado College. The acceptance rate at Rio Salado College is 0%.

Rio Salado College Waitlist 2021

Rio Salado College reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Rio Salado College?

Rio Salado College is considered not competitive to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Rio Salado College, applicants must submit the following items.

Rio Salado College Application Requirements

Rio Salado College Average GPA and Test Scores

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Rio Salado College.

Is Rio Salado College Test Optional?

Rio Salado College does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

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Does Rio Salado College Have Student Housing?Rio Salado College does not offer on-campus housing for students. Students must commote from at home or find their own housing.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Rio Salado College.

Financial Aid at Rio Salado College

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is Rio Salado College a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Rio Salado College

About 40% of students who start at Rio Salado College return for their second year of college.

The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Based on this information, how does Rio Salado College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Rio Salado College a good school for you?

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Where is Rio Salado College Located?

Rio Salado College is located in the urban setting of Tempe, Arizona, less than an hour from Phoenix.

If you want to see Rio Salado College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 10 to Tempe, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International.

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College Info

2323 West 14th Street Tempe, AZ 85281-6950

Campus Setting: Urban

Rio Salado College Application Deadline

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Rio Salado College is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Rio Salado College is Continuous processing.

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Wondering what life at Rio Salado College is like? There are approximately 17,362 students enrolled at Rio Salado College. 15% percent of students attend school full-time, 92% percent are from AZ and 8% percent of students are from other states.


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