American River College

4700 College Oak Dr
Sacramento, CA 95841-4286
Tel: (916)484-8011
  • American River College is a State-funded two-year community college, part of the Los Rios Community College District, which also includes Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, and Sacramento City College.
School Highlights
  • American River College serves 29,133 students (24% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 49:1 is higher than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 48% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 68%.
  • American River College is one of 11 community colleges within Sacramento County, CA.
  • The nearest community college is MTI College (0.70 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 589 teachers has declined by 26% over five years.
American River College (CA) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 589 staff 86 staff
American River College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 29,133 has declined by 12% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 49:1 has increased from 43:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.67 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 29,133 students 7,105 students
American River College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 49:1 44:1
American River College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 7,120 students 1,483 students
American River College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 22,013 students 5,622 students
American River College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
American River College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
American River College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
American River College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
American River College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
American River College Black (2007-2016)
% White
American River College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
American River College Hawaiian (2009-2013)
% Two or more races
American River College More (2010-2016)
% Non Resident races
American River College Non Resident (2007-2013)
% Unknown races
American River College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.67 0.73
American River College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
American River College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $34,800 -
American River College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,104 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,272 is more than the state average of $6,773. The out-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,104 $1,636
American River College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,272 $6,773
American River College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 75% 78%
American River College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $11,410 -
American River College Median debt for students who have completed (2009-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $6,500 -
American River College Median debt for students who have not completed (2009-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • American River College is a diverse academic community composed of individuals having many perspectives, abilities, faiths, cultures, ethnicities, races and orientations. We come from a multitude of backgrounds, and with distinct needs and goals. We recognize that to create an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community, we must understand and value our individual differences and affirm the inherit dignity in all of us. American River College is among the 10 largest community colleges in the state and is looked upon as a leader in innovative programs and services. It transfers more students to UC Davis and CSU Sacramento than any other community college. Five decades after its founding, American River College continues its leadership role among the Sacramento area's institutions of higher education. American River College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)--an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. ARC received its most recent accreditation "without condition"--the highest ranking a college can receive--in January 2004. ARC's Child Development Centers provide education and care for children and a laboratory for students preparing to work in the fields of early childhood education, nursing, child development, and psychology. Our child care programs are offered to student parents who are continuing their education, and serve infants/toddlers, preschool and school age children. The Counseling Center provides academic, career, and personal counseling, so that each student will reach his or her educational goals successfully. Services offered include individual counseling, group counseling, and Human/Career Development classes.

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