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 actively continues to maintain its status as a premier learning institution nationally recognized for excellence in education, innovation and service.


Student Centeredness:

To serve the best educational interests of the students; to offer a comprehensive and flexible curriculum together with programs and services according to diverse and evolving student needs; to treat each other with a sincere, caring attitude and to respond to suggestions and constructive criticism from students; to counsel and advise students to help them plan for and progress toward their individual educational goals; and to recognize outstanding student performance. 

Learning Environment: 

To create an atmosphere in which students, faculty, and staff find satisfaction in their work and feel pride in achievement; to provide programs and support services that are responsive to student and community needs; to provide and maintain state-of-the-art equipment and ample supplies necessary for effective learning environments; to provide comfortable, functional, and aesthetically-pleasing facilities and grounds; and to actively support academic and social activities that take place both inside and outside the classroom. 

Teaching Excellence: 

To communicate to students a body of knowledge in a creative, stimulating, and challenging manner; to work to establish student and instructor rapport; to maintain the highest standard of professional performance and recognize teaching excellence; to promote the exchange of ideas among colleagues and provide opportunities for professional development; to define for students course goals, objectives and grading standards, making clear the expectation of high achievement; to encourage students to think critically and analytically, applying learning principles, concepts, and skills; and to inspire independence of thought and self-discipline. 


To further the traditions of pride, quality, innovation, and professionalism found in this institution; to share our heritage by making Riverside City College the educational and cultural center of the communities it serves; and to build for the future on the foundations of our past.