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Admissions Eligibility

Any person who has earned a high school diploma or the equivalent – such as a certificate of proficiency issued by the State Board of Education including a General Education Development (GED) – is eligible for admission to American River College. Non-high school graduates 18 years of age or older who demonstrate ability to profit from a community college education may also be admitted.

There are four main types of students who attend American River College:

First-Time College Students

First-time college students are individuals who are a high school graduates or are at least 18 years old and never attended any college (other than those who attended while in high school).

Continuing Students

Continuing students are individuals who attended classes at any Los Rios college in the term immediately prior to the next term.

Returning or Transfer Students

All students returning after an absence or transferring from a non-Los Rios college must complete an admissions application and submit official transcripts of all other college work to the Admissions and Records Office.

High School Students

High school students who will be a junior or senior (grades 11 or 12) or at least 16 years of age by the start of classes may be eligible to enroll in a maximum of two community college classes each semester through the Advanced Education program.