Riverside Community College

4800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA

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Riverside Community College is referred to as Riverside Community College District and is now comprised of three colleges: Riverside City College, Moreno Valley College and Norco College.  Distance education is also available through the district's Open Campus program.

Riverside City College is home to Riverside School for the Arts (RSA), a curriculum project of the college with programs that enhance and expand on existing degrees and certificates offered at the college. RSA programs lead to achievement in the arts with emphasis on the practical skills needed to be financially successful in the arts and new media.  RSA has strong ties to the entertainment and multimedia industries found in the Southern California area, and these ties enrich the practical aspects of the program and offer potential employment opportunities.

Located in downtown Riverside, Riverside City College offers its students a wide range of choices from more than 100 associate's degree programs, to preparation for transfer to four-year colleges, or career certificates.  The college has strong programs in liberal arts, performing arts, science, nursing and athletics.

District Mission Statement

Riverside Community College District is dedicated to the success of our students and to the development of the communities we serve. To advance this mission, our colleges and learning centers provide educational and student services to meet the needs and expectations of their unique communities of learners. To support this mission, District Offices provide our colleges with central services and leadership in the areas of advocacy, resource development and planning.


Riverside City College was founded in 1916 on the site of the former Poly High School.  It has since grown to be one of California's leading community colleges.


Riverside Community College District has four academic terms: fall term, winter term, spring term and summer term.

Colleges and Schools

Riverside Community College District has three colleges: Riverside City College, Moreno Valley College and Norco College.  Distance education with online classes is also available through the district's Open Campus program.  Riverside City College is home to Riverside School for the Arts (RSA).

Student Life

The visual arts at each of the RCCD colleges enrich students' lives through access to great faculty, facilities and classes in painting, drawing, design, computer and animation.  Other exciting activities on campuses include dance classes open to students and recreational dancers.  The Moreno Valley College Gospel Singers have toured locally and internationally.  The men's and women's cross country teams for RCCD practice at MVC.  The Career and Transfer Centers at each of the three colleges provide academic services to students.  There are also Counseling Centers, Health Services, an Honors Program, Study Abroad Program and many other student resources.


Riverside Community College Athletic Training prepares student-athletes for the many competitive Tigers teams in men and women's sports that include:

Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swim/dive, track & field, tennis, water polo, women's basketball, cheerleading, women's cross country, fast pitch and volleyball.

Satellite Campuses

Riverside City College, Riverside, CA

Moreno Valley College, Moreno Valley, CA

Norco College, Norco, CA

Community Life

The Associated Students program at each RCCD campus provides a program of activities. A calendar of events is maintained in each school's library. Students are encouraged to stop by or visit the website (www.rcc.edu/asrcc/index.cfm) to see how they can get involved.

The Associated Students also sponsors many clubs and organizations.  There are honors societies, social services, and professional and general interest clubs. Membership to these groups is open to all paid members of the Associated Students.  Club guides are available in the Student Activities or Government offices.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,400. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $1,400-$1,700
    • Out-of-State: $7,300-$8,784
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $46-$55 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $240-$290 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid78%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships77%$4,627
Receiving Student Loans2%$3,279

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Riverside Community College may offer services to students like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often times offer both career training courses and curriculum to help students transfer out to a 4-year college or university, that is why we include how this school compares for both graduation and transfer rates against other community colleges in Riverside County and community colleges in California in total.

 Riverside Community CollegeRiverside CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate24.5%21.8%24.3%
Transfer-out Rate15.9%13.2%13.8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1982)
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)


Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences


Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

Precision Production


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

Other Community Colleges Nearby

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