Commuter Students

Our commuter population at RIO is vital to the overall success of campus life.  As a commuter, you have all of the rights and privileges of residential students including: participation in athletes, Greek life, student planning board and various other free activities on campus.

Commuter students are welcome to utilize the Red Zone Student Center, the fitness rooms, racquetball courts and indoor swimming pool at Lyne Center, the newly renovated Cyber Cafe and the Library.

Listed below is pertinent information for all commuter students as they enjoy their college experience at Rio Grande:                                   

                                       COMMUTER ACCOMMODATION PROGRAM
In order to accommodate the commuter student population, Rio Grande will provide (available) on-campus rooms as necessary as well as during inclement weather with the following specifications:
* Offer/publicize (available) rooms in the residence halls to commuters
* A “hotel” approach will be implemented; students will be expected to complete an informational sheet, sign in/out keys and produce valid student I.D..
* Commuter students will be held liable for their conduct and the condition of the room.
* Rooms will be offered on a daily, weekly or monthly basis with a maximum of three consecutive nights.
* The Student Life Coordinator and Resident Assistants will maintain this program for their respective buildings.
* Students will be charged a minimal fee to take advantage of this opportunity which can be paid out of pocket or added to their account ($27.00/night or $37.00/night with bedding)


Rio Grande offers a variety of opportunities for students to be involved in campus life. Numerous activities that are recreational, educational, and cultural are offered throughout the academic year to accommodate the diverse interests of our students. Past events have included ski and hiking trips, concerts, coffeehouse acts, comedians, out-door carnival attractions, simulators, dances, fundraisers, professional hockey games, and NFL games. Student interests are the driving force behind planning campus activities. The Student Planning Board is comprised of student leaders interested in enhancing the college experience and is responsible for planning most campus events. The group is open to all interested students.

To learn how to get involved - contact Dena Warren, Director of Resident Life and Student Activities at 1-800-282-7201 ext. 7396 or email:



Lockers in the newly renovated Cyber Café are also available to commuter students for a small rental fee.  Please contact the Student Services Division at #1-800-282-7201 ext. 7454 or email for more information.


"Any 5" OR "Any 10" Plan
This plan offers commuter students the convenience of five (5)  or ten (10) meals in the Marketplace or Rio Cyber Cafe each week per semester. Your choice! You can enjoy five delicious, healthy breakfasts, lunches and/or dinners with your friends in our all-you-care-to-eat dining facility for less than $4.50 per meal!

To sign up for a meal plan - contact Ashley Horsley, Student Services Secretary at 1-800-282-7201 ext. 7350 or email:

*All meals are non-transferable.