American River College

  • 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 to American River College is MTI College (0.7 miles away).

Top Placements

American River College places among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 589 teachers has declined by 28% over five years.
American River College(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty589 staff97 staff
American River College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of American River College has declined by 11% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 49:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The American River College diversity score of 0.67 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 12% over five years.
Total Enrollment29,133 students7,516 students
American River College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio49:144:1
American River College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students7,120 students1,613 students
American River College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students22,013 students5,903 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 (2011-2013)
% Two or more races
American River College More (2009-2016)
% Non Resident races
American River College Non Resident (2007-2013)
% Unknown races
American River College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.670.73
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$34,600
American River College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,242 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 27% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,272 is more than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,242$1,636
American River College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,272$6,797
American River College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid75%78%
American River College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$11,410$9,500
American River College Median debt for students who have completed (2010-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,500$5,500
American River College Median debt for students who have not completed (2010-2015)


Total Sports Offered13 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water PoloBaseball, Basketball,
Cross Country, Diving,
Football, Golf,
Soccer, Softball,
Swimming, Tennis,
Track and Field, Volleyball,
Water Polo
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • The vision of American River College is to transform the future of all students and our community through inclusive, equitable education. Our mission is to place students first in providing an academically rich, inclusive environment that inspires critical thinking, learning and achievement, and responsible participation in the community. American River College, serving the greater Sacramento region, offers education and support for students to strengthen basic skills, earn associate degrees and certificates, transfer to other colleges and universities, and achieve career as well as other academic and personal goals. American River College strives to uphold the dignity and humanity of every student and employee. We are committed to equity and social justice through equity-minded education, transformative leadership, and community engagement. We believe this commitment is essential to achieving our mission and enhancing our community.

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Did You Know?
Sacramento community colleges have a diversity score of 0.70, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Sacramento is Cosumnes River College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.