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Riverside City College

Riverside City College

Riverside City College


We Are More Than a School...We're a Bridge to Your Future

Riverside City College

We have programs and activities that meet your goals and interests. At RCC we offer degree and certificate programs. We are an affordable starting point for transfer to the college/university of your choice. We will lead you to your dream career. Be empowered. Be transformed. Apply today.

What Sets Us Apart


We empower students to be more…and reach their potential while serving our community and changing lives. No matter where you come from, you are welcome at RCC.

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Your time with us will let you gain an education of substance, numbers don’t lie. We’re proud to share the measurable results we have enjoyed year after year. Start your story.


Integrity. Quality. Effectiveness. We are confident in what we provide the community, voluntarily undergoing independent non-governmental evaluation and peer review.

Be More, Reach for Your Potential

RCC is committed to student success. Our smaller class sizes allow you to better connect with your professors. Our support programs are designed to guide you to reach your goals.

More Than 100 Degrees and Certificates

Where will your education take you? RCC can serve as an affordable way to start your education before moving to another institution or stay to complete your education on our campus.

A Community Alive

Riverside is a vibrant and vital area known for its arts and culture — with events on campus and nearby — that holds so much stimulation and options for those who wish to experience it.


Riverside City College serves a diverse community of learners by offering certificates, degrees, and transfer programs that help students achieve their educational and career goals. The college strives to improve the social and economic mobility of its students and communities by being ready to meet students where they are, valuing and supporting each student in the successful attainment of their goals, and promoting an inclusive, equity-focused environment.​


Riverside City College strives to provide excellent educational opportunities that are responsive to the diverse needs of its students and communities and empowers both to be active participants in shaping the future.​

Tiger Pride Values

Tradition and Innovation: We work collaboratively to develop flexible and creative solutions to meet the evolving needs of our community and embrace change while respecting our tradition and legacy of strong partnerships.

Integrity and Transparency: We promote an environment of trust by being honest, fair, transparent, and equitable. We honor our commitments to our students, staff, and communities.

Growth and Continual Learning: We commit to intellectual inquiry, reflection, professional development, and growth for all stakeholders. We adjust our teaching practices to provide equitable opportunities and outcomes and to encourage continual learning for our students, faculty, and staff.

Equity-Mindedness: We promote social justice and equity.

Responsiveness: We respond to the needs of our students and communities through engagement and collaboration.

Student-Centeredness: We create meaningful learning environments that value the strengths and experiences our students bring and that support students in developing and accomplishing their personal, education, and career goals.​

Providing Peace of Mind

Together we can make RCC a safe campus conducive to learning. We continually seek effective ways to provide information and support for our campus community including:

  • Police Presence on Campus
  • Emergency Blue Light Phones
  • Emergency Phone Support
  • Text Notifications
  • Social Media Notifications
  • Web-based Notifications
  • App-Based Security (Rave Guardian)
  • Emergency Notification System

Awards and Recognition: 2021

  • Best of Inland Empire 2021 – Best Community College

RCC was voted the BEST Community College and 2nd Best Career College by readers of the Press-Enterprise.

  • 2021-2024 Apple Distinguished School – School of Nursing

School of Nursing earned recognition as a 2021-2024 Apple Distinguished School. Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. They use technology to connect students to the world, fuel creativity, deepen collaboration, and make learning possible.

  • Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics – Hispanic Outlook (October 2021)

Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine has named Riverside City College among the Top 100 institutions in the nation for Hispanic students. RCC ranked 10th for degrees granted to Hispanics and 10th in total enrollment among two-year colleges in the Top 100 colleges and Universities for Hispanics issue published on October 11.

  • 2021 CCPRO Gold Award – RCC Redesigned Website

The redesigned RCC website earned a Gold Award (top honors) from the Community College Public Relations Organization.

  • Top 25 Community Colleges for Hispanics – Hispanic Outlook (February 2021)

RCC ranked 4th in the nation for associate degrees awarded and 11th in enrollment for Hispanic students by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine.

Transfer opportunity

RCC has transfer agreements with all 9 University of California, 23 California State Universities, and many other universities in the US. RCC international students transfer to TOP US universities every year, such as UC- Berkeley, UC- Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Colombia University, and many more!

Optional Practical Training (OPT)- One year work permit

F-1 international students who studied at RCC for at least one academic year and graduate with a certificate OR associate degree might be eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT), which will allow them to work full-time after graduation for up to one year in the US upon approval by USCIS.

Campus Features

Clubs and Organizations

Current Clubs

  • Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society
  • Art Club
  • Asian Pacific Student Union
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Astronomy Club
  • Clay Club
  • CyberSecurity Club​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Earth Science Club
  • Graphix Club
  • Honors Program Club
  • Law Society
  • Overflow Student Organization
  • Photo Club
  • Physics Club
  • Political Science Student Association
  • Puente
  • Red Cross
  • Sexuality and Gender Acceptance Club (SAGA)
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Council
  • Student Nurses Organization
  • Students Orchestrating Change (SOC) Club
  • Student-Parent Club
  • Student Sustainability Collective (SSC)
  • Transitioning Minds
  • Ujima
  • Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)
  • Don't see something you like? Start a club!

Co-Curricular Organizations

  • Chamber Singers
  • Dance
  • Festival Singers
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Live! On-Campus Concert Series
  • Marching Tigers Band
  • Mock Trial
  • Model United Nations (MUN)
  • MUSE Literary Magazine
  • Music Industry Club (MIC)
  • Musical Theatre
  • Piano Ensemble
  • Puente Club
  • Student Association Interpreters of the Deaf (SAID)
  • Student Athletic Trainers Organization
  • Theatre
  • Vocal Jazz Ensemble
  • Wind Ensemble

Cultural Engagement and Resource Centers

  • ALLY and LGBTQIA - Gender Identity
  • Foster Youth and Guardian Scholars
  • La Casa - Latino Development
  • The Umoja Community - African/African-American
  • Veterans

Discounts and Savings

Your RCC Perk Discounts

Community and Campus Savings

Being a student is demanding, from the daily workload to just making ends meet. As a student or staffer, you can take advantage of discounts and offers we have negotiated on your behalf from our corporate partners — enjoy discounted tickets to theme parks, discounts on coffee, or even savings on a haircut.

Student ID Discounts

Here is a partial list of the deals available to the RCC community, and in the surrounding area. Most local businesses, dining places, and shopping stores may give student discounts — just ask and have your RCC Student ID ready. Vendor discounts are subject to change without notice.

  • Dining/Coffee
  • Lyft
  • RTA GoPASS Program
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Castle Park
  • Disneyland
  • Knott’s Berry Farm/ Knott’s Soak City
  • Medieval Times
  • San Diego Zoo and/or Safari Park
  • Tickets at Work
  • Turtle Beach and Roccat Gaming Accessories
  • Universal Studios

RCC Student Career Center

Academic Support

  • Academic Engagement Centers
    • CAT/CIS/CSC Lab
    • Career Center
    • Disability Resource Center
    • International Students Center
    • Library
    • Math Learning Center
    • Supplemental Instruction
    • Transfer Center
    • Tutorial Services
    • Writing and Reading Center
  • Bookstore
  • CARES Act
  • College Corps
  • Counseling and Academic
  • Advising
  • Cultural Engagement
  • and Resources Centers
  • Health and Wellness
  • Online Resources
  • Parking Services
  • Relief and Assistance Programs
  • Student Employment
  • Student Support Programs
  • Student Success & Support
  • Program
  • Technology Support Services


    RCC has only two international student admissions requirements:

    • High school diploma or equivalent OR over the age of 18 (minors may be considered for special admission)
    • TOEFL iBT 45 or equivalent

    Scholarships and Funding

    Student Employment?

    • Student Employment offers students the opportunity to have part-time employment on or off-campus that can possibly be related to their chosen field of study.
    • Offers employment that can ​​be flexible to their school schedules.
    • Allows students to gain work experience and assist in paying for their educational expenses.
    • Pay rates are commensurate with job descriptions and experience. Documentation may be required depending on the program or type of job.
    • Students must have a valid social security card and picture ID. (International students will need additional documentation for employment which is outlined in the hire package.)

    Financial Aid Support for Your Educational Goals

    There are many types of financial aid available to you at RCC. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application is required for most financial aid forms. Types of financial aid include grants, scholarships, tuition waivers, and student loans.

    Federal Grants

    • Federal Pell Grant (Part of FAFSA application)
    • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG - Part of FAFSA application)

    State of California Grants

    • California College Promise
    • Cal Grant Program
    • Student Success Completion Grant
    • Chafee Grant Program for eligible foster youth and former foster youth
    • California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program (CNG EAAP)

    Riverside Community College District Scholarship

    There are over 250 scholarships available to students through the RCCD Foundation, and only one application is needed to apply. If you are an admitted student at RCC and have a student email address, you can apply for scholarships offered by the RCCD Foundation.

    CGACC-RCC International Student Scholarship​

    International Students at Riverside City College are welcome to apply for CGACC-RCC Scholarship. This scholarship is in the form of a tuition fee reduction estimated at $1,250. The application deadline for CGACC-RCC International Student Scholarship is July 25, and the results of the students selected are typically announced by August 6.

    To be eligible for this award, the applicant must be a new or continuing international student who will study full-time at one of the RCCD colleges (Riverside City College, Norco College, or Moreno Valley College) on an F-1 Student Visa in the fall semester. Transfer students can also apply. New international students who apply for the scholarship must have a completed RCC international student application, submit all required documents, and receive an RCCD I-20.

    Student Testimonials


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