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American River College Overview

Located in Sacramento, California, American River College is a public institution. Sacramento is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

What Is American River College Known For?

5,500 Undergraduate Awards
  • The undergraduate certificate is the highest award offered at American River.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 39% of the faculty were full-time.

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American River College Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

American River has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#41 Most Popular Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#57 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#113 Most Popular Online Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at American River.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Foreign Languages & Linguistics Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Communication Sciences Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Value Communication Sciences Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Most Popular Social Sciences Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Most Popular Physical Sciences Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Most Popular Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Most Popular Legal Professions Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#58 Most Popular Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#62 Best Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#88 Best Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is American River College?

Location of American River College

Contact details for American River are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4700 College Oak Dr, Sacramento, CA 95841-4286
Phone: 916-484-8011
Website: https://www.arc.losrios.edu/

How Do I Get Into American River?

You can apply to American River online at: https://www.arc.losrios.edu/admissions/get-started-and-apply

American River College has an open admissions policy, so you don't have to worry about getting into the school if you have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Can I Afford American River College?

3% Take Out Loans
17.3% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At American River, approximately 3% of students took out student loans averaging $6,095 a year. That adds up to $24,380 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at American River is 17.3%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

American River College Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,116 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 31,265 undergraduate students at American River, with 6,116 being full-time and 25,149 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  American River

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,116 full-time undergraduates at American River, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  American River

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of American River College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of American River Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 863
Black or African American 462
Hispanic or Latino 1,463
White 2,633
International Students 49
Other Races/Ethnicities 646

Over 48 countries are represented at American River. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Vietnam, South Korea, and China.

Online Learning at American River College

4,316 Took All Classes Online
9,398 Took At Least One Class Online
6.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 9,398 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at American River has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 26th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of American River

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at American River College was 6.9%. This is the #1,540 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at American River regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of American River majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 19%
Biological & Physical Science 7%
Computer & Information Sciences 22%
General Sales & Marketing 33%
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 1%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 7%
Psychology 5%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at American River ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at American River.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Computer Systems Networking #35
History #40
History #40
Entrepreneurial Studies #44
Business Support & Assistant Services #75
Human Development & Family Studies #77
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #97
General Business/Commerce #116
Computer & Information Sciences #251

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

American River College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Criminal Justice & Corrections 950 66 0 1,016
Liberal Arts General Studies 10 6 844 860
General Social Sciences 0 547 0 547
Biological & Physical Science 0 381 0 381
Business Administration & Management 21 205 1 227
Human Development & Family Studies 135 49 26 210
General Physical Sciences 0 151 0 151
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 85 19 43 147
General Psychology 0 136 0 136
Precision Metal Working 58 10 43 111
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 105 0 105
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 62 28 10 100
Nursing 0 74 0 74
Legal Support Services 0 37 32 69
Allied Health Professions 24 25 19 68
Accounting 20 47 0 67
Audiovisual Communications 15 25 18 58
Culinary Arts 28 23 5 56
Mathematics 0 45 0 45
Computer Programming 12 29 0 41
Communication & Media Studies 0 38 0 38
Other Health Professions 38 0 0 38
Horticulture 22 13 2 37
Carpentry 0 1 35 36
Health & Physical Education 4 31 0 35
Graphic Communications 13 20 1 34
General English Literature 0 34 0 34
Sociology 0 34 0 34
Natural Resources Conservation 21 12 0 33
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 12 13 7 32
Anthropology 0 32 0 32
Information Technology 16 15 0 31
Other Psychology 0 31 0 31
Computer Systems Networking 9 20 0 29
Computer Science 0 28 0 28
American Sign Language 0 23 5 28
Fire Protection 0 21 6 27
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 0 11 14 25
General Engineering 0 24 0 24
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 24 0 0 24
Economics 0 23 0 23
Funeral & Mortuary Science 0 21 0 21
Geography & Cartography 0 11 10 21
Political Science & Government 1 20 0 21
Building Management & Inspection 2 0 18 20
General Business/Commerce 0 19 0 19
Communication Sciences 0 19 0 19
Human Services 0 16 3 19
Business Support & Assistant Services 11 7 0 18
Physics 0 18 0 18
Fine & Studio Arts 0 18 0 18
Real Estate 2 12 2 16
Design & Applied Arts 0 10 4 14
Drama & Theater Arts 3 11 0 14
Mental & Social Health Services 0 9 4 13
General Biology 0 11 0 11
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 0 4 7 11
History 0 11 0 11
Romance Languages 0 10 0 10
Entrepreneurial Studies 5 4 0 9
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 9 0 0 9
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 5 2 0 7
Computer Software & Applications 1 3 2 6
Philosophy 0 6 0 6
Journalism 0 5 0 5
Data Entry 4 1 0 5
Electrical Engineering 5 0 0 5
General Engineering Technology 0 4 0 4
Writing Studies 3 1 0 4
General Visual & Performing Arts 1 3 0 4
Music 0 4 0 4
General Sales & Marketing 0 3 0 3
Special Education 3 0 0 3
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 3 0 3
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 2 0 2
Taxation 1 0 0 1
Public Relations & Advertising 0 1 0 1
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 1 0 1
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 1 0 1
Dance 0 1 0 1
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 0
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,635 2,704 1,161 5,500

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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