Riverside City College is the most dynamic and diverse college in the Inland Empire. From its opening in 1916 on the site of the former Poly High School, Riverside City College has grown to be one of California's leading community colleges and is a landmark in downtown Riverside.
Serving more than 19,000 students each semester, Riverside City College provides students with a wide range of choices including associate's degree programs, transfer to a four-year college or university, or career certificates that prepare them to enter the workforce. Riverside City College is home to strong programs in liberal arts, science, performing arts, the School of Nursing and athletics

Mission Statement

Riverside City College provides a high-quality affordable education to a diverse community of learners by offering career-technical, transferable, and pre-college courses leading to certificates, associate degrees, and transfer. Based on a learner-centered philosophy, the College fosters critical thinking, develops information and communication skills, expands the breadth and application of knowledge, and promotes community and global awareness. To help students achieve their goals, the College offers comprehensive learning and student support services, student activities, and community programs. RCC empowers and supports students as they work toward individual achievement, intellectual curiosity, and life-long learning.

RCC 100-Year Countdown

The Riverside City College Instructional Media Center is bringing you this five year countdown to RCC’s 100th Anniversary.  Our intention is to give everyone a weekly glance at the many people and events that have been a part of the college. Our thanks go to the RCC Digital Library Archives and the District’s Office of Strategic Communications and Relations for allowing us to use their photo and newspaper collections.  Thanks as well to all of the RCC students and Faculty Advisors that were a part of the yearbook and newspaper staffs.  Thanks also to Tom Johnson and Gilbert Jimenez who wrote “the book” about RCC’s history.  “Riverside City College 1916-1981- A 65 Year History” is available in the RCC Digital Library. For copyright purposes, all images originating from Riverside City College publications and the District’s Office of Strategic Communications and Relations are the property of the Riverside Community College District. Click here to view the RCC 100-Year Countdown.​