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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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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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International Students

American River College is a premier learning institution in California's capitol, Sacramento, dedicated to providing and ensuring...

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Veterans - Requirements - How to Apply

Certifying Officials act as the link between students and the Department of Veterans Affairs. We understand that the transition from...

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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.