Founded in 1916, Riverside City College (RCC) is a public community college in California. It is one of the most dynamic and diverse colleges in downtown Riverside with international students from over 50 countries. RCC offers a wide range of degree programs and certificates in liberal arts, science, nursing, the arts, and more. 

A campus setting for everyone 

Riverside City College is located in the city of Riverside, California — with campuses in Moreno Valley and Norco. RCC has built a strong reputation for academic transfer programs and career technical certifications while being a part of the Riverside Community College District (RCCD).

Having a learner-centered philosophy, RCC provides quality and affordable education to students who want a smooth transfer to a four-year university. To drive students’ success, RCC fosters critical thinking, develops information competency and technological literacy, expands communication skills, and promotes self-development and global awareness. 

Students can progress to universities like UCLA, Berkeley, UC Riverside, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, and Cal State San Bernardino after finishing associate degree programs at RCC. Alongside this, the college also offers industry-based certificate programs for Culinary Arts, Photography, Applied Digital Media, and Automotive Technology, among others.

RCC is also home to Gateway to College, a charter school that serves students who return to high school to earn their diploma. This provides them with access to better learning and personal development opportunities.

Integrated support services

RCC accepts thousands of students each semester. To help them get through the challenging yet immersive college life, it offers a wide range of auxiliary services including the Associated Students of Riverside City College (ASRCC), Community for Academic Progress (CAP), Disability Resource Service, Foster Support Services and Health & Psychological Services. Each of these services is committed to helping students achieve their optimal goals — academically, emotionally, spiritually, and professionally. 

Academic Support helps students meet their academic goals by providing free resources and services. The well-trained peer instructors uniquely address the diverse needs of students. At RCC, students are provided a haven for sexual orientation and gender identity issues. ALLY Programs support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. ALLY trainings are offered at least once a semester with tools and resources needed to become better allies to people within marginalized genders and sexualities.

The CalWORKs Program promotes self-sufficiency through education and employment while La Casa (Latino Engagement Student Center) supports Latino students as they become successful individuals. It is committed to establishing an effective, self-affirming service to support and empower students as they complete their degrees. 

Students can also benefit from the Career Center, which prepares students to make informed career choices by providing access to employment opportunities, internships and extensive tools and resources. RCC also implements the Puente Program — a successful statewide counseling, mentoring and writing program for community college students in California. The program has a clear academic focus, intensive writing instruction and counseling and strong support from the professional community. 

Student life at RCC

RCC students can have an active, fun, and exciting student experience on campus. Whether you want to play for an athletic team, join the student government, or meet other students who share the same interests, at RCC you have the opportunity to experience the student life you aspire to have.

All students are eligible to participate and enjoy the benefits of being a member of ASRCC, which include free access to services and events, participation in clubs and organizations, and leadership opportunities.

RCC offers a unique and diverse list of clubs and organizations you can become involved in — from cultural and artistic to political and career-centered, there is a place for everyone. Some of these are the Animal Alliance, Chamber Singers, Business Leaders of Tomorrow, and Live! On Campus. 

As an initiative of the RCC Athletics department, students can become one of the RCC Tigers by embodying the key values and goals the college aims to instill in each student and student athlete – transfer, inspire, graduate, excel, results, and succeed. 

RCC stands out

RCC has been active in cultivating camaraderie on campus and showing outstanding initiatives to the world. As recently reported, the University of Redlands (U of R), a private liberal arts and professional university in Southern California, has partnered with RCC to create guided pathways to undergraduate and graduate programs for Riverside students and benefit-eligible employees. The partnership will provide a tuition fee discount to qualified RCC business students upon transferring into U of R’s School of Business. 

Additionally, RCC’s college newspaper, Viewpoints, was ranked fourth among US community college newspapers. In March 2019, Viewpoints received the “Best of Show” award at the Associated Collegiate Press Midwinter National College Journalism Convention in La Jolla.

Beyond that, the Urban Farm at RCC has been a model for sustainable urban farming for several years now. It has received honorable mentions in the Exemplary Program Award by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors for its effort in environmental stewardship. The Farm’s production amounts to more than 200 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables which are distributed to those who are in need.

Let RCC be the pathway to your future! Visit Riverside City College’s SchoolApply profile page to start your application.