From Farmland to 21st Century

When they arrived for classes in fall 1972, 3,500 Richland College (RLC) credit students shared their campus with sheep grazing on the farmland and ducks swimming on the lakes that separate the campus buildings. Architects, winners of numerous awards for RLC's design, had carefully protected the trees, the lakes– even the animals– as they planned the campus. The sheep graze elsewhere now, but students and staff still enjoy and protect those first campus ducks’ descendants, Richland Thunderducks.

Commitment to Sustainability

Richland's ongoing commitment to building sustainable local and world community also extends to its facilities expansions. The Sabine Hall science building, opened in 2010, achieved the U.S. Green Building Council's highest LEED Platinum certification. Richland College Garland Campus achieved LEED Gold certification in 2009.

Student Demographics

Each semester, Richland serves some 20,000 credit and 4,800 non-credit students who come from more than 130 countries and speak 79 first languages.

  • Female 55%
  • Male 45%
  • Anglo 29%
  • Hispanic 29%
  • African-American 22%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander 14%
  • Unknown 4%
  • International 1%
  • Native American .4%
  • Average age 27

Key Programs

  • University transfer for baccalaureate degree and beyond
  • Career and technical programs for immediate employment
  • Customized contract training for businesses through Corporate Services
  • Baby Boomer and Emeritus programs for the Plus 50 and senior segments

Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS)

RCHS was one of the first junior-senior dual credit charter schools administered by a community college. With focal areas in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering (2005) and Visual, Performing, and Digital Arts (2010), the Texas Education Agency Exemplary-rated RCHS provides students the opportunity simultaneously to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree.

Academic Programs with Special Emphases:

  • Mexican-American/Latino Studies
  • Studiy Abroad
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Asian-American/Middle Eastern-American Studies
  • Honors Academy
  • Richland Institute for Peace
  • Learning Communities

International Studies Programs with Global Partners:

  • Central/South America
  • Middle East
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • North America
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