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Riverside City College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree and certificate programs Riverside City College offers. Read about its academics, admission requirements and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Riverside City College

Founded in 1916, Riverside City College (RCC) is a 2-year, public community college located in Riverside, California. Along with two other schools, the college is part of Riverside Community College District. RCC serves over 18,000 students per year.


As of 2011, RCC had 225 full-time and 397 part-time faculty members teaching in 21 different departments, including art, chemistry, nursing, performing arts, applied technology and workforce preparation. In addition to its 2-year associate's degree programs, RCC offers technical and career certificate programs that generally take two semesters to complete, though some are shorter in duration.

Many of the school's programs offer multiple degree or certificate options. In the administration of justice program, for instance, students may pursue an associate's degree in the field with an optional specialization in law enforcement. Likewise, students in the automotive technology program can specialize in trim and upholstery, automotive body repair or electrical. Manufacturer-sponsored automotive repair programs from Toyota, Ford and General Motors are available as well.

Classes are offered during two regular semesters and two shorter intersessions every year. Evening, weekend and online courses are available.


RCC operates on an open admission policy. Any applicant with a high school diploma or its equivalent can attend classes, as can applicants 18 years of age and older who have not completed high school. First-time students are required to complete an assessment test and an online orientation.

Applications are accepted year round, though students need to apply no later than two weeks before the start of their chosen semester to attend classes. For instance, applications were due by January 27 for spring 2013 classes beginning on February 11; students were encouraged to apply by December 19 for priority registration appointments.

In 2011, 76% of the student population attended classes on a part-time basis. At that same time, 96% of students were from California and 56% were female.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the spring 2013 semester was $46 per unit for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $226 per unit, and international students were charged $250 per unit. Some courses, such as first aid and life guard classes, had additional fees. During the 2011-2012 academic year, the total annual cost of full-time attendance was estimated at $17,697 for California residents and $22,974 for out-of-state students, including room and board, tuition, fees, books and supplies.

Students interested in receiving state or federal assistance should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Riverside also offers High School Senior Scholarships and participates in the Community Scholars program.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Certificates, associate's degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body In 2011: 18,395 undergraduate students*
Student Housing No on-campus housing available*
Schools and Programs 21 departments offering nearly 100 degree and certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 26 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Certificate: Nursing Assistant/Aide (133)
Associate's: Liberal Arts and Sciences (559)*
Graduation Rates 2007 entering class:
10% within two years
23% within three years
30% within four years*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 2,923 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates In 2011: 67% of full-time and 49% of part-time students*
Application Due Date Roughly two weeks before semester start date**
Decision Notification Date Applications are processed in 2-3 business days**
Tuition $1,117 for in-state and $6,394 for out-of-state students per year (2011-2012, including fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of New Students Receiving It) In 2011: Federal grants (47%), state and local grants (64%), federal loans (3%)*
Percent of New Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 65% in 2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Riverside City College.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Riverside City College, Admissions and Records, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92506
  • Phone: (951) 222-8600
  • Website: www.rcc.edu

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