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Whether your goal is to earn an associate degree or certificate, transition into a new career, or transfer to a four-year university, American River College is dedicated to helping you reach your goal.

Select Start your journey now button. Create an OpenCCC account to fill out the application. You can save your application and come back to it at any time. You will have a chance to review your application before you submit it.

You only need to submit one application to take classes at any college in the Los Rios district (American River College, Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, Sacramento City College). Do not submit a separate application for each college.

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New to College

Thank you for choosing American River College! If you are a new student and have never attended college, you will need complete the Steps...

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Returning to College

You are a returning student to ARC if you have previously enrolled in classes but have not attended in one or more semesters. You must...

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High School and Advanced Education Students

If you are a current high school student, you may be eligible to concurrently enroll in two college courses each semester as an advanced...

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Admissions Tips

Get help with admissions, including application and registration. Visit the Connect Center inside the Welcome and Support Center building.