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American River College

Sacramento, CA, USA

Founded as a training center for civilian soldiers in World War II, American River College is a 2-year community college in California’s state capital of Sacramento. ARC confers associate degrees and certificates in over 80 academic fields of study. To provide a hands-on learning environment, ARC also oversees a work experience and internship program. For athletically-inclined students, American River College fields 20 men’s and women’s teams known as the Beavers.


Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed

Need Aware

This school may consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
2 Year
Campus Setting
Suburb or town

Admissions Requirements

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Important Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

The college has rolling admissions, which means applications are accepted any time throughout the year.

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students


Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
At least 2, but less than 4 academic years
Total Number of Students
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See your fit
Classroom Sizes

Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
US National: 21:1

Tuition, Cost & Aid

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In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
Additional Costs
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Aid & Grants

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Student Loans

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Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.

Campus Life

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Size of Town
Suburb or town
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On-campus living required of freshman


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Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
San Francisco
Los Angeles
Average Salary
6 years after graduation

What Students Are Saying

The campus is small and classes get full very soon. The instructors are good and knowledgeable. The library has only 2 copies of the required books and in some cases it doesn't have the book.
A college with pleasent teachers. Having many different classes ranging from art to English to Liberal Arts. This campus is vary diverse with a positive atmosphere.
Haley from Elverta, CA
Many great professors and a very diverse campus. There are a lot of great clubs to be a part of and the campus isn’t spread out. A great place to meet friends and hang out before and after classes
Chelise - Elk Grove, CA
If you looking for a College that has allot of Automotive, Electrician and Welding this College is for you. American River college has allot of courses in Automotive Technology that are one of the best in California. There are allot of young students at American River College, some of them are still in High school and are taking college courses for prerequisites to enter University.
John from Sacramento
American River College has a broad selection of classes with a bigger selection of people attending these classes from all over the country and world. The Professors will challenge you, but will be accessible to you if you need extra help. The campus is beautiful and the newly remodeled buildings are amazing.
Joy from Sacramento, CA
Great Science and Technical Departments, with knowledgeable teachers and staff. Library is a great place to study with the free wifi and semi quiet study areas. The only problems I have had is with parking.
Nathaniel from Dixon, CA
American River College has the classes that I need. The professors that I have had have been amazing and inspiring. The over all services of the school are great.
Jacqui rom Sacramento, CA
American River College is a diverse college campus, where making friends is easy. This community college offers many various courses, and sections, so chances of getting a class are better. Of the three Los Rios Colleges, American River is central and has the biggest campus, with a newly remodeled Library, and Cafeteria, and a huge Learning Resources Center for students use.
Vrushali from Sacramento, CA