About American River College

Founded in 1955, American River College. is a college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 30,519 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The American River College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 27:1. There are 397 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at American River College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate100%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
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Admissions at ARC are considered , with ,17% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at American River College.

American River College REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    31 Students rated on-campus housing 2.1 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    25 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    51 Students rated campus food 3.9 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    53 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    53 Students rated class size 4.2 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    54 Students rated school activities 3.7 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    54 Students rated local services 3.6 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    55 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of American River College?

49 Students rated American River College

grace - 06/20/2023

I think that there a couple of professors and educators that really strive to go above and beyond for their students but there are multiple areas where I think there needs to be some revaluation, like their counseling services. There have been multiple times where different counselors have given me different information on the same topics and even with all that feedback, I still felt helpless and hopeless at times.

perla - 03/15/2023

I really love this campus. It’s small but it’s easy to get around and it just feels nice and calm being there. The classes are good sizes. I really like America River College because it was a nice transition from high school into the college/university life. I feel like American river is doing an amazing job at preparing to to be ready for that transition into a university.

Bradley - 06/25/2021

i love the diversity that the campus brings.

Ashley - 06/24/2021

I think it's a great school and probably the best out of the Los Rios colleges. The people are really nice and chill, and all of the professors I've had are great. The library and student center are my favorite part of the school, theyre spacious and have many rooms and areas to hang out or study

American River College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at American River College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for American River College is 100%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    The first thing I would tell myself is to add a math class to my senior schedual instead of a open period. Then I would sit down and have a long talk with myself telling the passed me what happens in the next 5 years and ofcourse if were being honest winning lotto numbers. Giving mysef all the information needed to suceed or repeat the same mistakes knowing myself back then i would do al ittle of both. No matter what i would say or advise to myself in my senior year everything will turn out the way it is suppose to in the end. I like where I am at in my life right now as a whole and the decision's I have made and the hardwork and dedicaton i put into serving my country in the Marine corps and the now hard work of serving myself and family by being the first person in this famly for 3 generations to go to college.

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  3. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst part about my school is how close it is to the high school. The transition must seem so easy at first to so many students, but half of the students in my Early Childhood Education class stopped coming or dropped out before the deadline because they thought this class would be like the ones they took in high school and they simply were not prepared. It takes dedication, passion, and intelligence to pass college courses.

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  4. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    This school is known for many things. I feel that this school is very well known for teaching credentials and for being economical as well as versitile in your academic needs, no matter what type of classes you are trying to take!

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  5. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Almost any kind of person would benefit from going to my schoool. People with an idea of what they want to do with their life would benefit the most and even people lost or struggling with their future could find a certain focus by attending lectures and associating with other students going through the same thing. The kind of person who can show up on time and not rush home when class is over, someone who wants to dive into the entire experience ARC has to offer would improve their lives now in the present and opportunities for their future.

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  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Regardless of the occupation you choose American River College can get you there or pave the stepping stones necessary to help get you to where you want to go.

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  7. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates vary greatly in age and in their educational goals, but they are all willing to learn and all enhance my own learning experience whenever I listen to what they have to say.

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  8. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about my school is that I am able to get a good lower-level education for a fraction of the price of a four year school. I really enjoy being able to get all my general education requirements out of the way, without having to worry about cost. American River College has allowed me to focus on my transfer goals and given me a chance to broaden my horizons by offering a wide variety of less expensive classes.

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  9. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Some one who wants a fast paced, stream lined course load. Class availiblity is a large issue. Many classes are on a Spring/Fall rotation. If you miss that class, you have to wait until the next Spring/Fall. Many of these courses are required for a degree.

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  10. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    That the Abobe Illustrator (ArtNM classes)...(which are brand spanking new to ARC as of Fall 09) classes are NOT set up for beginners AND that there are no Abode tutors in place at the Resource Center.

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  11. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I would tell them about my school work, it's better that high school, and all the nice and mature people i can meet.

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  12. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    American River College has a very broad range of courses to ensure the maximum amount of education. Even with the massive student population, the professors still manage to be personal and helpful. With extracuricular activities, such as sports teams, I've made life-long friendships with the players and staff. The campus could be a little overwhelming at first, but the ARC community surely is warming. Of course, the American River mascot is truly a unique one in itself. Who wouldn't want to be an American River Beaver?

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about school is having to cope with a new environment. Especially, since it is my first year in college, I am paranoid about getting lost on my way to classes, constantly wondering if the professors will like me or even remember my name, worrying about the upcoming tests, midterms and finals. School is fun if you are focused and have your mind set on what you want to major in but it is not the best place to be if you are unsure. The asbolute frustrating thing about school is having to study all the time.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    Academics are of very high importance to this school, because American River College goes beyond hiring the best teachers available in the community college fields. They also take the time to create multiple study sessions with tutors one on one or as a group, for the students academic success.

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  15. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    At the American River College there are a variety of activities to do, Starting with clubs and programs. There is also many community service activities that help the college and the clubs financially.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

75% of students attending American River College receive some sort of financial aid. 55% were awarded federal grants. While 3% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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