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Sacramento, CA 95841-4286
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American River College

American River College Rating: 4.1/5 (7 votes)

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Introduction

American River College (ARC) is a two-year community college that offers students the opportunity to earn certificates and associate degrees. Even though this institution serves individuals from various geographical areas, it largely serves the adult population of the 5-county Greater Sacramento district.

Academics

The school was first founded in 1955 as American River Junior College, situated on old Grant Technical College’s site. The institution moved to its present location in 1958, a 153 acre spot on old Cameron Ranch, occupying 8 recently constructed office complexes and the actual Cameron ranch house. At that time it became a branch of the Los Rios Community College. Los Rios is administered by a 7 member board of trustees elected by voters that reside within the district.

ARC enrolls approximately 35,000 students, both full time and part time. It is one of the biggest community colleges in the state of California.

Programs Offered

The course catalog offers more than thirty certificate programs and more than forty degree programs. Students can earn certificates or degrees in programs such as Behavioral and Social Sciences, English, Humanities, Computer Science and Information Technology, Fine and Applied Arts, Mathematics, and Technical Education.

Online Education

There are different kinds of online education: online, hybrid and web-enhanced.

Online Courses Online courses are offered over the Internet. Usually, content is presented to the students via web pages and class discussions employing a combination of e-mail, chat rooms, mailing lists, newsgroups or bulletin boards. All class meetings, coursework, lecture and assessments are done over the internet – except for orientation meetings or other in-person exams which will be determined by the lecturer.

Hybrid Courses Hybrid courses are taught online employing the same online-based tools and hybrid course activities like the online classes. A part of the course meeting time is conducted via the internet, and the other part is conducted in a conventional classroom manner.

Web-Enhanced Courses These particular courses are taught face-to-face for a hundred percent of the course meeting time, while classroom coursework and resources are enhanced with web-based activities. Instances are online testing, projects, materials and hand-outs or online discussions.

Awards

The college has published its very own literary journal for more than twenty years (since 1988), known as the American River Review. This publication has received nationwide recognition and has also won several national awards as well. The awards received include the Gold Crowns award from Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the Associated Collegiate Press’ National Pacemaker Award.

Accreditation

Accreditation is maintained through the Accrediting Commission for Community & Junior Colleges of the WASC (Western Association of Schools & Colleges). This accreditation agency is highly recognized by the United States Dept. of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.

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Admissions

Admissions are non-competitive. The admission process includes:

  • Completing an online application for admission from a computer that has internet connection. Computers and support personnel are available at the eServices center in the cafeteria building.
  • Please Note: Priority registration will be provided to the applicants who submit their applications to the institution’s admissions office before specified cut-off dates
  • Applicants will need to sit for the appropriate assessment exam(s). Applicants should call the assessment center in order to get additional information.
  • Applicants will also need to go through the orientation/counseling process. Orientation can be carried out online or in person, this will also be followed by a meeting with an academic counselor.
  • Non transfer applicants have the opportunity to enroll for vocational/technical courses, personal enrichment, or for continuing academic credit.

    Financial Aid

    The financial aid office offers assistance with filling out financial aid applications and explaining the prerequisites of the different programs. Financial aid options include loans, federal grants, fee waivers, scholarships, state grants, and work study programs.

    Student Financial Aid Details

    Ranks 4611th for the average student loan amount.
    Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in California.

    Students

    The college does not offer any housing. The activities office can provide students with information on available shared housing, roommates and rentals. There is an on-campus day care center for students with children.

    Student Enrollment Demographics

    Athletics

    Athletics programs exist for both male and female students. Students have the opportunity to take part in men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, soccer, water polo, track & field, swimming, tennis, and more. The school’s teams are known as the Beavers.

    Alumni

    Well-known alumni include:

  • Ward Connelly– UC’s former Regent & political activist
  • David Matthew Barnes – film maker, novelist, poet and playwright
  • Joan Lunden – Television personality/host
  • Lloyd Connelly – California State Assembly’s former member and California Superior Court judge
  • Anthony Swofford – Jarhead’s author
  • Wally Harger – United States House of Assembly Representatives member
  • Additional School Information

    The 1986 movie, Wisdom, starring Demi Moore and Emilio Estevez, was filmed on campus, in and around ARC’s Beaver Stadium.

    There are many recreational opportunities in the area around campus, including Sacramento’s Raging Waters, the California State Capitol Museum, and the Sacramento’s Discovery Museum: Science and Space Center & Challenger Learning Center.

    Information Summary

    Ranks 144th in California and 1969th overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault 2 0.01
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape 3 0.01
    Robbery 3 0.01
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 6 0.02
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft 8 0.03
    Arrest 10 0.03

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 2,022 0.43
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 36 0.01
    Forcible Rape 134 0.03
    Robbery 1,162 0.25
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 4,141 0.88
    Larceny 11,087 2.35
    Vehicle theft 3,335 0.71

    Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

    Reported area around or near Sacramento, CA 95841-4286
    Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
    Total Population20,975 (20,975 urban / N/A rural)
    Households8,739 (2.37 people per house)
    Median Household Income$33,918
    Families5,210 (2.97 people per family)

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
    UndergraduateAssociates
    GraduateN/A
    Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
    EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
    Size & SettingVery large two-year

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
    Calendar SystemSemester
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District606

    Special Learning Opportunities

    Distance LearningN/A
    ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
    Study Abroad
    Weekend College
    Teacher Certification

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees


    Ranks 4029th for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition N/A N/A $6,096
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,104 $1,104 $1,104
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $254
    FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
    FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $2,760 $2,760 $8,856
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,682 $17,682 $23,778
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,080 $7,080 $13,176

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $972 $1,104 $972 $1,104 $6,318 $7,200
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $1,656(N/C)
    On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
    On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,862(N/C)
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,060(N/C)
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,320(N/C)

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open Admissions
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
    College Prep. CompletionN/A
    RecommendationsN/A
    Formal competency demoN/A
    Admission test scoresN/A
    TOEFLN/A
    Other testsN/A

    Admission Credits Accepted

    Dual Credit
    Life Experience
    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Student Services

    Remedial Services
    Academic / Career Counseling
    PT Cost-defraying Employment
    Career Placement
    On-Campus Day Care
    Library Facility

    Student Living

    First-time Room / Board Required
    Dorm CapacityN/A
    Meals per WeekN/A
    Room FeeN/A
    Board FeeN/A

    Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

     
    Total 21 397 1,143 546 65 3,444 773 6,720
    Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 2 5 10 1 41 4 67
    Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 7 4 1 34 1 48
    Adult Development and Aging 2 1 1 15 20
    Advertising 1 1
    Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician 3 1 11 1 18
    American Sign Language (ASL) 3 2 5
    Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 1 2
    Anthropology 2 1 1 9 14
    Apparel and Textile Marketing Management 2 3 5
    Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 2 1 15 2 20
    Art/Art Studies, General 2 2 15 20
    Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 3 3 1 11 1 20
    Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 5 1 4 12
    Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 14 40 18 3 105 6 200
    Biological and Physical Sciences 1 17 37 32 2 172 12 290
    Biomedical Technology/Technician 2 5 15 22
    Business Administration and Management, General 1 3 11 1 1 31 2 51
    Business/Commerce, General 2 5 2 25 35
    Carpentry/Carpenter 3 19 3 32 20 77
    Child Care Provider/Assistant 4 28 66 22 2 96 13 247
    Child Care and Support Services Management 1 5 7
    Computer Graphics 2 1 1 5
    Computer Programming/Programmer, General 5 1 8 2 18
    Computer Science 1 5 1 7
    Computer Support Specialist 1 3 5 7 2 18
    Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 3 7 13 1 29
    Computer and Information Sciences, General
    Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 3 7 1 13
    Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General 3 7 1 17 29
    Criminal Justice/Police Science 124 467 177 32 1,244 529 2,637
    Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General 1 1 5 9
    Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration 1 2 3
    Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 3 16 1 2 39 4 68
    Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 4 1 11 17
    Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 10 13
    Drawing 1 1 1 3
    Drywall Installation/Drywaller 5 20 14 34 74
    Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General 14 22 22 1 131 6 210
    Electrician 2 2 1 2 20 6 33
    Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 10 1 12
    Engineering Technology, General 1 3 4
    English Language and Literature, General 9 2 17 2 33
    Fashion/Apparel Design 1 1
    Film/Cinema/Video Studies 2 3
    Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 1 3 1 18 3 27
    Foodservice Systems Administration/Management 1 1 2
    Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 8 26 2 26 4 71
    Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General 1 5 15 1 23
    Geography 1 1 2 4
    Geography, Other 5 2 14 2 23
    Geology/Earth Science, General 1 1
    Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 1 13 5 4 23
    Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 1 1 3 7
    History, General 1 1 1 1 4
    Home Health Aide/Home Attendant 2 3 9 9 25
    Human Services, General 7 9 2 4 42 72
    Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician 2 2
    Interior Design 3 3 21 29
    International Relations and Affairs 2 2 5
    Journalism 1 1 2
    Landscaping and Groundskeeping 9 1 10
    Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary 2 2
    Legal Assistant/Paralegal 2 6 1 31 1 45
    Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 8 49 106 81 2 323 41 639
    Mathematics, General 1 3 17 26
    Music, General 9 11
    Natural Resources/Conservation, General 1 9 3 13
    Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 2 2 2 4 1 12
    Office Management and Supervision 1 1
    Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
    Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant 2 2
    Physical Fitness Technician 4 4 1 5 16
    Physical Sciences 4 9 12 59 5 100
    Physics, General 1 2 3
    Plant Nursery Operations and Management 5 1 6
    Political Science and Government, General 2 1 4 9
    Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design 3 3 10 2 21
    Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 1 3 4
    Psychology, General 2 17 7 45 8 91
    Psychology, Other 1 1 6 9
    Real Estate 1 1 4 3 9
    Recording Arts Technology/Technician 4 3 1 15 26
    Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 7 14 35 4 63
    Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1 3 11 15
    Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager 1 3 2 16 22
    Retail Management 3 1 4
    Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 1 2 3
    Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking 7 1 31 13 53
    Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 6 19 1 26
    Small Business Administration/Management 1 1 1 5 1 9
    Social Sciences, General 2 48 100 50 5 287 28 574
    Sociology 1 2
    Speech Communication and Rhetoric 3 1 11 16
    Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 5 7 4 4 36 62
    Taxation 2 1 3
    Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 1 5 6
    Telecommunications Engineering 2 9 13
    Visual and Performing Arts, General 1 3 6
    Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
    Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster 2 9 12
    Welding Technology/Welder 1 6 1 27 36

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 582nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $83,330 ($85,195 male / $77,766 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 388 (172 male / 216 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 997
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
    Total Benefits $12,431,023
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