American River College

American River College

American River College is a two year community college located in the southern edge of unincorporated Foothill Farms in Sacramento County, California. The college was established in 1955. The campus of ARC is spread out over an area of 153 acres. ARC is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

ARC offers enrollment to around 35,000 full-time and part-time students. This makes it one of the largest community colleges in California. It has its own newspaper - The American River Current, and also publishes the English as a Second Language newsletter, The Parrot.

The sports teams of American River College are nicknamed the 'Beavers'.

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American River College
4700 College Oak Dr
Sacramento , CA 95841-4286
General Phone: (916) 484-8011

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American River Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,053foreign language and literature, American Sign Language, sign language translation, English, technical and business writing, liberal arts and sciences, social services, anthropology, geography, ...
Science256biological and physical sciences, physical sciences
Construction Trades201apparel and textile marketing, carpentry, electrician, drywall installation
Family and Social Work152family and consumer science, foodservice management, adult development and aging, family systems, child development, human services
Business and Management129business, business management, accounting, small business management, taxation, sales and marketing, retail
Nursing and Emergency Medicine112EMT paramedic, registered nursing, nursing assistant, various nursing, home health aide
Mechanics and Repair90electrical installation and repair, communications install and repair, industrial electronics tech, autobody repair, automobile mechanics, diesel mechanics
Therapy and Counseling71psychology, psychology courses, substance abuse counseling
Design49fashion design, interior design
Production Trades48sheet metal tech, welding
Computer Science and Engineering44computer programming, computer science, web design, database administration, computer graphics, computer networking, system administration, webmastering
Law32legal secretary, legal assistant
Medical Support and Technology29respiratory care tech
Cooking and Culinary Arts25culinary arts, restaurant and catering management
Security and Law Enforcement24fire-fighting
Engineering Technician23engineering technology, drafting
Real Estate and Construction Management16real estate
Funeral and Mortuary Science14funeral and mortuary
Music13music, music management
Landscaping and Horticulture12applied horticulture, landscaping, plant nursery
Art Studies11visual and performing arts, art studies
Media10journalism, digital communications, advertising, animation and special effects
Office and Administration7data entry, office management, administrative assistant
Science and Laboratory Technician7biology tech
Conservation and Resource Management7conservation
Drama and Performing Arts5drama, theatre design
Photography and Commercial Art1film studies, photography, drawing
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy0parks and recreation studies, sports and fitness management
Education and Teaching0early childhood special ed

Number of programs and degrees for American River in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years1469
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years41629
Associate's degree1,89571
Award of less than 1 academic year12620

American River Student Body

In 2007-2008, American River had a total enrollment of 33,821 students (18,308 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 48%
Black 9%
Hispanic 14%
Asian 12%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 15%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 15%
20-21 14%
22-24 15%
25-29 16%
30-34 10%
35-39 9%
40-49 12%
50-64 7%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown3%

American River Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 66 %
Part-Time 42 %

American River Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Sacramento, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

American River Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 590
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 5,658
Books and supplies $ 1,440

Financial Aid:
American River participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 123200)

American River Faculty

American River has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4977
Non-tenured and not on tenure track34

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year25$85,20536$82,449
All faculty totalcalendar year25$85,20536$82,449

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year162$78,030187$75,277
All faculty totalacademic year162$78,030187$75,277

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

American River Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Retailing and Retail Operations
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Graphics
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
System Administration/Administrator
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Conservation And Resource Management
Natural Resources/Conservation, General

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management
Drywall Installation/Drywaller

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager

Fashion/Apparel Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Early Childhood Spec Ed Pgms

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Engineering Technology, General

Family And Social Work
Adult Development and Aging
Child Development
Family Systems
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
Human Services, General

Funeral And Mortuary Science
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Plant Nursery Operations and Management

Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
American Sign Language (ASL)
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
Geography, Other
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
Social Sciences, General
Technical and Business Writing

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

Medical Support And Technology
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Music Management and Merchandising
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Home Health Aide/Home Attendant
Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General
Office Management and Supervision

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Production Trades
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking
Welding Technology/Welder

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Biological and Physical Sciences
Physical Sciences

Science And Laboratory Technician
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

Security And Law Enforcement
Fire Science/Fire-fighting

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
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