Rio Hondo College

Rio Hondo College

Rio Hondo College, or RHC, is a community college established in 1960. It is located in Southeast Los Angeles County. The college awards degrees in more than 40 disciplines, and certificates in more than 25 subjects. RHC educational programs prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. It confers two-year degrees in a number of specialties, and issues certificates in technical and professional fields.

RHC enrolls more than 20,000 students each semester and it provides on-campus, online, and off-campus courses to all of its students. The college is also home to Rio Hondo Fire Academy and Rio Hondo Police Academy. The campus has free Wi-Fi facilities that are available to all students. 'El Paisano' is the official newspaper of the college.

RHC's official mascot is the Roadrunner, and their sports teams are nicknamed the 'Roadrunners'.

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Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Rd
Whittier , CA 90601-1616
General Phone: (562) 692-0921

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Rio Hondo College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Security and Law Enforcement544corrections, forensic science, criminal justice and police, fire-fighting
Liberal Arts325minority and gender studies, liberal arts and sciences, library science, geography, geography courses
Family and Social Work209family systems, child development, human services
Nursing and Emergency Medicine175EMT paramedic, registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Business and Management88business management, accounting, call center operation, small business management, international business, retail
Architecture and Planning26architectural tech
Engineering Technician25hazardous materials tech, drafting, civil drafting
Therapy and Counseling22substance abuse counseling
Office and Administration22office management
Mechanics and Repair21electrical installation and repair, autobody repair, automobile mechanics
Computer Science and Engineering18information technology
Photography and Commercial Art15commercial art, photography
Media7mass communication, journalism, radio and television, animation and special effects
Art Studies5art studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy4sports and fitness management
Drama and Performing Arts2drama
Production Trades1welding
Construction Trades0carpentry, plumbing
Transportation0construction equipment operation
Medical Support and Technology0medical coding

Number of programs and degrees for Rio Hondo College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year64715
Associate's degree84131
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years036
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years247

Rio Hondo College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Rio Hondo College had a total enrollment of 21,041 students (9,839 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 11%
Black 3%
Hispanic 47%
Asian 8%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 30%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 16%
20-21 14%
22-24 14%
25-29 15%
30-34 10%
35-39 8%
40-49 12%
50-64 7%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown4%

Rio Hondo College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 65 %
Part-Time 44 %

Rio Hondo College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Whittier, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Rio Hondo College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 600
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 4,606
Books and supplies $ 1,600

Financial Aid:
Rio Hondo College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 126900)

Rio Hondo College Faculty

Rio Hondo College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1931

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year96$87,144102$83,996
All faculty totalacademic year96$87,144102$83,996

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Rio Hondo College Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architectural Technology/Technician

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Customer Service Support/Call Center/Teleservice Operation
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Retailing and Retail Operations
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Information Technology

Construction Trades
Plumbing Technology/Plumber

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Engineering Technician
Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering CAD/CADD
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Family Systems
Human Services, General

Liberal Arts
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
Geography, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Science/Librarianship

Mechanics And Repair
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Radio and Television

Medical Support And Technology
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Production Trades
Welding Technology/Welder

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Fire Science/Fire-fighting
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation

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