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University Transfer & Articulation Agreements

Getting started at Rio Salado - Saves you money!

Starting your academic career at Rio Salado College saves you money, time, and just makes sense! Rio Salado offers the same general education core classes you would take the first two years at a university, and many of the same career-specific classes. Our classes are taught in an online format that fits your busy lifestyle at a price that fits your budget.

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Transfer to a University

The majority of juniors and seniors at Arizona’s public universities got their start at a community college. Our credits and associate degrees are accepted at universities across Arizona and the United States. Furthermore we have articulation agreements with Arizona's three public universities and 40+ university partners. Articulation Agreements are formal partnerships between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific program.

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  • Arizona State University

    Schedule an appointment to meet with an ASU representative near you!

  • Northern Arizona University

    An NAU representative can meet with you at Rio Salado! Call Rio at 480-517-8580.

  • University of Arizona

    Learn about transferring to the University of Arizona.

  • Ottawa University

    Complete a bachelor’s degree at Ottawa.Learn more.

  • District University Partners

    The Maricopa Community College District has transfer partnerships with more than 40 institutions both in and out of Arizona.

Graduate with a University Degree

Completing your bachelor's degree at a university will give you the knowledge and skills to have a competitive edge in the job market and the potential for higher lifelong earnings. Earnings potential chart

"Rio gives you the tools to move forward! After earning my associate degree, I transferred to ASU, and the whole experience was seamless."
2012 graduate Gina B.
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Transfer Steps

  1. Research all possible university transfer options by visiting Maricopa’s University Transfer Center.
  2. Search the University Partners List for a complete list of partners
  3. Outline the classes you need to take at Rio Salado that will transfer to your chosen university.
  4. Meet with an academic advisor to create a plan to complete your associate degree and meet university prerequisites.
  5. Apply to your selected university in advance of your desired entrance term, following deadlines to provide required documents such as transcripts.
  6. Apply to graduate from Rio Salado College with your certificate or degree.

Helpful Tools

Arizona’s public community colleges and universities have teamed to create, offering more helpful tools like:

  • Course Equivalency Guides show you how community college classes transfer to the three state universities.
  • AGEC Course Search lets you see every class that applies to a core area of the Arizona General Education Curriculum.
  • Major Guides highlights featured programs at each partner institution.

To learn more about articulation and transfer agreements please review the Maricopa Community College District Administrative Regulation.

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