Rio Grande is the nation’s only combined public community college and private university. Not only does that allow you to get an outstanding education at an affordable price, it empowers you to succeed on the job and in life. Because Rio Grande is unique.

Classes are smaller, so professors work with you directly to prepare you for your career. Campus life is filled with opportunities, from playing college sports to taking on leadership roles. People are friendly so it’s easy to feel at home. It’s a one-of-a-kind college experience. Because you deserve one-to-one attention.

You know how you want your college experience to be. You want to go to school in a place with friendly people, supportive mentors and tranquil pleasant surroundings. You want a place that feels like home even if home is many miles away. Rio Grande is all that and more.

Here you can prepare for many possible future careers and get all the help you need to make good decisions. More than 60 diverse programs are available to prepare you for a good job and lifelong learning. You can earn a degree … associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s … or complete a certificate program.

No matter what you choose, you get superior instruction, usually from professors with the highest degrees in their fields who know you by name. You learn in fully equipped laboratory and classroom facilities, using state-of-the-art computers with excellent Internet connectivity. You have plenty of scheduling options: evening classes, weekend programs and classes at the Meigs and Vinton off-campus sites.

Not only will you become academically ready for job success within Rio Grande’s serene learning environment, you also will develop the social, leadership and teamwork skills needed for your future. And you’ll have a lot of fun doing it.

You are one of a kind. So are we. Together, we’ll create a promising future!

Undergraduate Admissions

Rio Grande is the nation’s only combined public community college and private university. Not only does that allow you to get an outstanding education at an affordable price, it empowers you to succeed on the job and in life. Because Rio Grande is unique.

Classes are smaller, so professors work with you directly to prepare you for your career. Campus life is filled with opportunities, from playing college sports to taking on leadership roles. People are friendly so it’s easy to feel at home. It’s a one-of-a-kind college experience. Because you deserve one-to-one attention.

Apply Now

Apply for admission to Rio.

Schedule a Visit

Attend one of our visitation events.

Request Info

Contact Admissions for more information.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates, general fees, and course fees for the current school year can be found via the links below.

Registration

Students new to Rio Grande are strongly encouraged to attend one of the New Student Orientation sessions offered throughout the spring and summer. The dates and how to sign up for a session can be found on the Orientation page

After your initial term of enrollment it is  recommended that you participate in the pre-registration process.  Data shows that students who register early graduate at a higher rate than those who do not and it also provides an opportunity to get required courses at convenient times.

During this pre-registration period, you are encouraged to use your Student Space account to access the schedule and complete your registration.  You may access your account by going to: StudentSpace

Registration for the next term will begin approximately one month before the end of the current term.  All students are required to meet with their academic advisor prior to registering.  Please check with the administrative assistant in the College/School of your major if you do not have an advisor assigned.

Orientation

Campus visit, test & register.

College Credit Plus

Jump Start Your College Education

Transfer Credit Policies

Students who have attended another college can be admitted, providing a transcript of all college or university credits and high school transcript, along with a completed application, are submitted. If approved English and/or mathematics courses have not been completed prior to enrollment to Rio Grande, transfer students must follow the course placement procedures. Students holding an associate or bachelor degree are not required to submit a high school transcript.

For more information regarding the transfer of credits from other colleges/universities, military experience, external testing programs such as CLEP (College Level Examination Program), or the transfer of associate degrees, see Transfer Credit Policies.

Schedule a Visit

The best way to see if Rio Grande is right for you is to visit the campus. A personal visit is the most effective way to experience Rio Grande. We can customize your visit to your interests. You will speak with an admission representative, enjoy a student-guided tour and possibly observe class, meet with faculty members, and/or coaches.

Our regular visit hours are Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. with campus tours to follow. Saturday visits may be arranged upon request.

Personal

Campus visit for you and your family.

Open House

Attend one of our Open House events.

Athletic Recruiting Day

 Just for the Athletes.

Directions

Rio Grande and the Surrounding Area

Rio Grande is located in southeastern Ohio along US Route 35, 100 miles southeast of Columbus via Rts. 23 and 35; 120 miles east of Cincinnati via Rts. 32 and 35; 250 miles south of Cleveland, via Rts. 77, 7, and 35; and 60 miles north of Huntington, WV via Rts. 7 and 35.

A safe and beautiful area with charm and appeal, Rio Grande is small enough for students to feel a sense of belonging to the community. The campus includes acres of rolling lawns, expansive athletic fields and attractive facilities.

Meet the Staff

Location

Admissions is located in the Reardon One Stop of Florence Evans Hall

Business hours: 8-5 Monday – Friday
Primary Contact: admissions@rio.edu
Telephone: 740-245-7208

Florence Evans Hall

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