American River College

Also known as American River

4700 College Oak Dr, Sacramento, CA

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American River College (ARC) is a two-year public college that is part of the Los Rios Community College District in the five-county region of Sacramento, California.  The other community colleges in this district include Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College and Sacramento City College.  ARC grants occupational certificates and technical education as well as associate's degrees.  There are also online classes and e-services available.  ARC offers excellent post-secondary education to students seeking to transfer to four-year institutions.

Known for its innovative programs, ARC is also one of the largest community colleges in California.  It transfers a significant number of students to UC Davis and California State University - Sacramento.


In 1942, Sacramento's Grant Union Junior College was opened to train civilians for service in World War II.  It grew as a technical college and the name was changed in 1945, and again in 1955, when it became American River Junior College District.  In 1965, the college was renamed American River College (ARC) and became part of the Los Rios Community College District. 

ARC began providing training for Sacramento police, sheriff, fire personnel, and the basic police academy at the Sacramento Regional Public Safety Training Center.


American River College follows the semester system, offering a fall, spring and summer semester.

In addition to running the Sacramento Regional Public Safety Training Center, ARC offers numerous programs of study on its main campus.

ARC Programs of Study:

  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Computer Science & Information Technology
  • English
  • Fine & Applied Arts
  • Health & Education
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education & Athletics
  • Science & Engineering
  • Technical Education

Student Life

American River College serves a large and diverse student body, and offers many student programs and support services including:

  • Accelerated College Education (ACE)
  • CalWORKS (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids)
  • Career Center
  • Child Development Centers
  • Cooperative Agencies Resources Education (CARE)
  • Counseling Center
  • Disabled Students Programs and Services
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Center
  • EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs and Services)
  • Foster and Kinship Care Education - Independent Living Program
  • Four Directions College Success Program (FDCSP)
  • Honors Program
  • Journey
  • Learning Communities
  • Learning Disabilities (LD) Program
  • Learning Resource Center (LRC)
  • Library
  • Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement Program (MESA)
  • Math Multimedia Learning Center (MMLC)
  • Partnership to Assure College Entry (PACE)
  • Puente Program
  • Reading Across Disciplines (RAD)
  • Reading Center
  • Re-entry and Veterans Information Center
  • Science Skills Center
  • Tutorial Center
  • Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

There are many ARC campus events and recreational activities available to ARC students that include theatre and music performances, sports events, career fairs and workshops, as well as "College Hour," which offers a calendar of various talks, panels and discussions of timely issues.


The "stately" oak tree is the college's official symbol and the beaver its official mascot (nicknamed "Igor" for "eager-beaver".)


The American River College's Beaver Teams are active in many intercollegiate athletics including:

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Water Polo
  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field

 Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis

Satellite Campuses

American River College has several Off-Campus Centers offering classes around the Sacramento metro area that include:

  • Ethan Way Center
  • Mather Center
  • McClellan Center
  • Natomas Center
  • San Juan Center
  • Twin Rivers Pre-Apprenticeship Training Center

Community Life

American River College's Community and Diversity Center Initiative (CDCI) was established to provide bridges between its students and the community. The CDCI offers resources for opportunities to meet other students and community members to build a support network.  Its mission is to help students and community expand and grow with "cross-cultural understanding, awareness and responsiveness."

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,600. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid78%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships77%$4,770
Receiving Student Loans4%$5,153

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, American River College may offer student services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Day care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often times offer both career training courses and curriculum to help students transfer out to a 4-year college or university, that is why we include how this school compares for both graduation and transfer rates against other community colleges in Sacramento County and community colleges in California in total.

 American RiverSacramento CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate26.7%26.6%24.3%
Transfer-out Rate12.9%11.3%13.8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Funeral Service Education Program
    • Accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation (since 2002)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades


Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation

Personal and Culinary Services

Physical Sciences

Precision Production


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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