Rio Hondo College

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School Overview

Rio Hondo College is a community college in Whittier, California, located approximately 15 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. Founded in 1960, the school offers a variety of academic programs in a traditional classroom setting, as well as off-campus opportunities and online instruction. Many students attend to train at the Rio Hondo Police Academy and the Rio Hondo Fire Academy.

The Rio Hondo campus is geared towards commuting students. Full-time students with a minimum of 12 credit hours can receive a free transportation pass, good for buses throughout the area. Rio Hondo also operates a federally subsidized campus shuttle.

Rio Hondo College primary serves the following communities in Los Angeles County: Whittier, El Monte, South El Monte, Santa Fe Springs and Pico Rivera. Rio Hondo College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

General Information

Admission Office

3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601-1699
(562) 908-3415
Fax: (562) 692-8318

Contact: Judy Pearson
Director of Admissions and Records

Main Address

3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601
(562) 692-0921


Total undergrads: 21,633
Degree-seeking undergrads: 9,393


Suburban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No
Admissions Policies/Requirements

A note about the college’s admission requirements: Nursing program has special requirements.

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $520 $526 $670 $666 -0.60%
Books and Supplies $1,600 $1,600 $1,638 $1,638 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $2,120 $2,126 $2,308 $2,304 -0.17%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 600 37%
Grant or scholarship aid 593 36% $2,145,041 $3,617
• Federal grants 530 32% $1,447,388 $2,731
• Pell grants 395 24% $1,321,512 $3,346
• Other federal grants 145 9% $125,876 $868
Local and state government scholarships or grants 575 35% $565,241 $983
Institutional scholarships or grants 145 9% $132,412 $913
Student loan financial aid 515 31% $1,475,084 $2,864
• Federal student loans 485 30% $1,400,521 $2,888
• Other student loans 70 4% $74,563 $1,065

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 757 230
Architecture and Related Services 19 14
Architectural Technology/technician 19 14
Area, Cultural, Ethnic, Gender, and Group Studies
Ethnic Studies
Business, Management, Administration and Marketing Services 88 14
Accounting Technology and Bookkeeping 13 6
Business Administration and Management 66
International Business 3
Office Management and Supervision 9 5
Small Business Administration/management
Communication and Journalism Studies 1
Journalism 1
Mass Media Studies
Radio and Television
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 10 4
Information Technology 10 4
Education 1
Education/teaching Of Individuals In Early Childhood Special Education Programs 1
Engineering Technology 15 11
Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering Cad/cadd 1
Drafting and Design Technology/technician 10 10
Energy Management and Systems Technology/technician
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/technician 5
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences 123 34
Licensed Practical/vocational Nurse Training 8 29
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 109
Substance Abuse/addiction Counseling 6 5
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 158 85
Corrections 12
Criminal Justice/police Science 94 7
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/technician 52 78
Wildland/forest Firefighting and Investigation
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 246
Humanities/humanistic Studies 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 235
Mechanics and Repairers 10 7
Autobody/collision and Repair Technology/technician
Automobile/automotive Mechanics Technology/technician 10 7
Electrical/electronics Equipment Installation and Repair
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/technician
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 17
Biological and Physical Sciences 17
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 4
Physical Fitness Technician 4
Precision Production Trades
Welding Technology/welder
Social Sciences 3
Geography, Other 3
Visual and Performing Arts 17
Art/art Studies 3
Commercial and Advertising Art 3
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 4
Music 3
Photography 4
Work and Family Studies 53 53
Child Care Provider/assistant 53 53
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting A
Administrative/Secretarial Services A
Business – General C
Office Clerical Services A
Real Estate A

Communications Technologies
Communications Technologies – General A
Graphic/Printing Equipment Operation A

Engineering Technologies
Drafting and Design Technology A

Family & Consumer Sciences
Child Care Management C

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Dental Assistance A
Health Services – General A
Nursing (RN) A
Nursing – Practical A
Respiratory Therapy A

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences A

Library Science
Library Assistance A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies
Automotive Technology A,C

Security & Protective Services
Fire Protection/Safety Technology A
Police Science A

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Rio Hondo College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (562) 692-0921
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 3600 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, CA 90601-1616
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 19,358
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 32 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 15,029 (78% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $1,360
Out-of-state Tuition: $8,584
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 89%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $4,785

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Rio Hondo College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Rio Hondo College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 21
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 97
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 13
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 32
Education 1
Engineering 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 64
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 33
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 44
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 551
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 21
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 2
Precision Production 1
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 15
Visual and Performing Arts 18
Grand total 42591

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Rio Hondo College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $1,360
Out-of-state $8,584
Books and supplies $1,971

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,172 89%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,172 89% $4,785
Student loan aid 1 0% $7,053

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 10,242 51% $2,805
Federal student loans 55 0% $6,185

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Rio Hondo College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Rio Hondo College students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Rio Hondo College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 19,358
Undergraduate enrollment 19,358
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Rio Hondo College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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