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Welcome to Riverside City College

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Riverside City College, founded in 1916, is located in Southern California, an hour’s drive east of Los Angeles. RCCD opened two additional campuses in 1991 in nearby Norco and Moreno Valley.

Riverside is a traditional Southern California community. Museums, a symphony orchestra, and theater companies add to the cultural life of the region. More than twenty-five colleges and universities, including University of California, California State University, and Loma Linda University are located within 30 miles of Riverside.

Riverside is an ideal location from which to enjoy Southern California’s attractions. Newport and Laguna Beach, the San Bernardino Mountains, the Palm Springs desert resort region, and Disneyland are all within an hour’s drive. Weather is mild, with a Mediterranean climate.

The District, which has three colleges, enrolls approximately 32,000 people. Part of the California Community College system, RCCD offers the first two years of a four-year education. Students are prepared to transfer to four-year universities for the final two years of study toward a Baccalaureate degree.

The Center for International Students provides assistance in selecting courses that will be accepted for transfer to California State University and University of California campuses, as well as to private colleges and universities throughout the United States.

More than 2,000 classes are offered each semester in more than 60 majors. In addition to courses that prepare for transfer, the College offers courses leading to the Associate degree, which is awarded after two years (or 60 units) of study. Courses in Business Administration, Computer Information System, Pre-Engineering, English, and Office Administration are popular with international students. Certificate programs in many occupational fields are also available.

Message to New Students


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    The RCCD Center for International Students and Programs welcomes students from all countries to study at RCCD in more than 100 fields, helps students achieve academic success, and assists with transfer to four-year universities they choose for baccalaureate degrees. The center also offers social and cultural programs on campus and in the community.


    The RCCD Center for International Students and Programs provides assistance from the beginning of the Online Application process, issues I-20 documents to take to the U.S. consulate for F-1 student visa, and provides service on campus.


    More than 300 students from 50+ countries attend RCCD each semester. They may take classes at any of the three campuses: Riverside City College, Moreno Valley and Norco.


    RCCD international students transfer to universities throughout California, including UCLA, Berkeley, UC Riverside, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, USC, Loma Linda University and others. Other students complete AA degrees and Career Certificates



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