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Study at 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'.

Profile of Rio Hondo College

The campus of Rio Hondo College is in Whittier, California. which is a large suburb. The school is a public institution. Degrees at Rio Hondo College include, at the school's highest level, the Associate's degree.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in architecture and planning, family and social work, and security and law enforcement.

Rio Hondo College Selectivity

Its open admissions system makes Rio Hondo College an attractive choice for many applicants.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at Rio Hondo College is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, the school had 21, 041 students enrolled (10, 169 full-time equivalent). Rio Hondo College has a large minority student population. A large number of students at the school are 40 years old or older. A very high share of students at Rio Hondo College are male.

Rio Hondo College Tuition and Affordability

The school is a relative bargain, with lower tuition and fees than most schools offering similar degrees.

Rio Hondo College Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Security and Law Enforcement577criminal justice and police, fire-fighting, corrections, forensic science
Liberal Arts298liberal arts and sciences, library science, minority and gender studies, geography courses
Family and Social Work231child development, family systems, human services
Nursing and Emergency Medicine172registered nursing, EMT paramedic, licensed practical nurse
Business and Management101business management, accounting, small business management, business and related services, retail, international business, call center operation
Architecture and Planning26architectural tech
Mechanics and Repair24automobile mechanics, autobody repair, electrical installation and repair
Engineering Technician20drafting, hazardous materials tech
Therapy and Counselling18substance abuse Counselling
office and Administration18office management
Computer Science and Engineering13information technology
Photography and Commercial Art11commercial art, photography
Education and Teaching6early childhood special ed
Art Studies3art studies
Media3journalism, animation and special effects, radio and television, mass communication
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy2sports and fitness management
Law1legal assistant
Production Trades1welding
Medical Support and Technology0medical coding
Transportation0construction equipment operation
Construction Trades0plumbing, carpentry
Drama and Performing Arts0drama

Contact: Rio Hondo College

Rio Hondo College

3600 Workman Mill Rd

Whittier, California 90601-1616

General Phone: (562) 692-0921


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