Tempe, AZ
Tuition (in-state)
$7,638 ($1,854)
Branch Campus Of
Maricopa Community Colleges
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Reviews 255 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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College Freshman

Facilities: I did my classes online so I really haven't been on campus enough to give it a fair review

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Rio Salado definitely gave me a better experience than I expected from community college and they were always very helpful

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Career Services: They're really great about making sure you're heading towards the career you want to go. They aren't just trying to waste your time and take your money.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Online Courses: I'm not really the type of person that typically does well in an online setting, however Rio Salado does a pretty good job making sure that it's a little more versatile for anyone. I personally just prefer smaller schools so it's not my favorite school ever, but probably one of the best community colleges for anyone that needs the flexibility of an online program.

4 Recent Alumnus

Online Courses: it was nice being able to get on and do homework at my own convenience

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Recent Alumnus

Career Services: it is difficult to define since I only attended online and did not get any job placement after I got my associates

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: Rio Salado Community College is the first college that I've been to and the experience that I have had with them has been very good. Their tuition and fees are not terribly high and their schedule of classes is flexible. I like that they have classes beginning every week so I have many options.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: The tuition fees are the lowest I was able to find

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: I like the fact the online classes allow me to work around my schedule.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Student Body: There is no interaction between students, my classes are online.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The online classes are convenient but I would like there to be more of an option for in person classes for some of the courses.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: It was kind of hard for me to do all the work because it was an online course and you have to be an extremely responsible person to keep up with online classes. Or be on the computer all the time.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Resources: It mostly consists of online classes where students across the globe can assist the college. They have great advisers who place in you classes accordingly with your future goals. Also Incarcerated students can get their college credits through "Print Based" courses.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Resources: There is no academics however everything else is offered oline... my.maricopa.edu and Riosalado.edu .... there also are physical locations throughout Arizona

3 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: Has many academic programs that transfer to most Universities and also offers degrees and certificates.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: My adviser has made out a semester by semester plan with the classes I will be taking until I complete an Associates in Creative Writing. Rio Salado is an online college and is perfect for me. I can work on my school work any day of the week and I always have the necessary material to come up with solutions. They too offer tutoring online and in person, its great!

4 College Junior

Student Body: The student body is very diverse. Many people of all different ages and stages. The "normal" college I would guess has many more young students. Rio Salado has students from all age ranges and they are good people ready to help those who need it.

5 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: The schedules are very flexible and the classes always have room for more students. The advising staff always helps with guidance and planning, and then enrollment. It is so easy to succeed with a team of people always willing to help.

4 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: The financial aid office has fast response to questions, both in person and over the phone. The FA process is not without bumps in the road. However, the staff is always knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Students would not be able to complete college without the help of these great staffers.

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4 College Senior

Campus Resources: The resources are great! They provide me with all of the materials I need to ensure me with a better education. The resources on campus are always open in case a student needs assistance.

4 College Senior

Campus Resources: Desert Vista is a very clean campus and has many aspects that make it unique form all of the other schools. Desert Vista makes me want to get up and go to school every day because it is so beaitiful and spacious. There are over 1000 students who attend this school so it is very easy to make friends. Our school is very spirited and we have a lot of pride for the Thunder. I love how they offer many college credit classes and do everything they can to make sure that all of the students are ahead of the game.

4 College Senior

Campus Resources: The computer networks at Desert Vista are quite helpful. The school provides all students with access to a computer whenever it is neccesary. Our school contains three computer labs, a library full of them, as well as netbooks that can be transported throughout the whole campus. All of the computers are linked to a printer and it is very easy to print out one to multiple papers at one time. They do their best to make is so we can print the materials we need as soon as possible. Our network is speedy and it functions and cooperates every single day, with the exceptions of one or two lags depending on how many users are using the school wifi. There is no need for a perosnal computer at Desert Vista, they provide students with over 300 computers to choose from.

3 College Senior

Online Courses: Desert Vista High School provides students with many courses to pick from. Many of these courses can be taken online, and I have found that to be very helpful throughout the years. I have taken online government and online Public Speaking, and I must admit, it was completely different from your typical classroom experience. Although I have found online classes to be extremly helpful for me to recieve all credits needed, it was harder for me to understand and really soak myself in the lessons being taught. I have found online classes to be more difficult for me because if I have a question I cannot simply raise my hand to ask the teacher a question, or turn my head to ask one of my peers. An online class is not for you if you want to have a relationship with your teacher. I have also found that online classes feel more easilly to set aside, and that the classes in the classroom present more motivation for me to get my work done.

5 College Senior

Campus Resources: the main campus offers to ship your books to a location near you so you can pick it up from there and don't have to pay shipping fees or drive a long way to the main campus just to pick up the books you need.

5 College Senior

Career Services: previously I graduated and was unable to find a job in that field. I went to rio salado to see other opportunities that could lead me to a better job. I can say they have the best career center, and all the staff members are very helpful. I even received a call from an academic advisor who enrolled me into the business program.


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