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The application and enrollment processes vary depending on what type of student you are. Learn about the specific steps you should take to get started on your educational journey at American River College today.

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A First-Time College Student

It's easy to apply to American River College!

All California community colleges share a common application – simply create an OpenCCC account and fill out the online application for American River College.

A few things to know:

  • 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 – don't spend unnecessary time submitting separate applications for each college.
Submit Your Transcripts and Test Scores

Official transcripts from all other educational institutions (high school, college, university) must be submitted prior to enrollment to satisfy math and English prerequisites, as well as inform Veterans educational benefits and financial aid. Transcripts can be sent to the following address:

American River College
Attn: Admissions
4700 College Oak Drive
Sacramento, CA 958410

If you are sending your transcript electronically, request that it is sent to: admissions@arc.losrios.edu.

If you have questions, contact Admissions & Records at (916) 484-8261.

Transferring From Another College

You are a transfer student if you have previously attended college outside of the Los Rios Community College District (American River College, Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, or Sacramento City College).

It's easy to apply to American River College – simply create an OpenCCC account and fill out the online application for American River College.

A few things to know:

  • 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 – don't spend unnecessary time submitting separate applications for each college.
Submit Your Transcripts and Test Scores

Official transcripts from all other educational institutions (high school, college, university) must be submitted prior to enrollment to satisfy math and English prerequisites, as well as inform Veterans educational benefits and financial aid. Transcripts can be sent to the following address:

American River College
Attn: Admissions
4700 College Oak Drive
Sacramento, CA 958410

If you are sending your transcript electronically, request that it is sent to: admissions@arc.losrios.edu.

If you have questions, contact Admissions & Records at (916) 484-8261.

A Returning ARC or Los Rios Student

You are considered a returning student if you previously attended a Los Rios college (American River College, Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, or Sacramento City College), but did not attend during the previous semester.

Re-Apply

Returning students must first complete an application in order to be re-activated as a student.

Meet With a Counselor

Contact the Counseling Center to schedule an appointment or to find out about the availability of drop-in counseling.

Enroll in Classes

As a returning student, you are eligible for Priority 2 registration. You will have a priority appointment date for the first date and time that you are eligible to enroll (and then any time after that). The priority appointment date is a random assignment and can be found online at eServices .

A Current ARC Student

We are so happy that you are continuing on your path to reaching your educational goal! Students who attended American River College or any other Los Rios college (American River, Cosumnes River, or Sacramento City College) during the previous semester are considered continuing students for the next semester. 

Update Your Records

As a continuing student, you are required to submit a Supplemental Enrollment Information form every semester/term you wish to enroll in classes. This form can be completed online at  eServices, and has you review and update your contact information as well as education goal and major. Until the supplemental enrollment form is completed on eServices, you will have a hold on your account which blocks registration.

Update Your Educational Plan

To update your student educational plan, please contact Counseling to schedule a counseling appointment.

Enroll in Classes

As a continuing student, you are eligible for Priority 1 registration. You will have a priority appointment date for the first date and time that you are eligible to enroll (and then any time after that). The priority appointment date is a random assignment and can be found online at eServices.

A High School Student

If you are currently a high school student, then you may be eligible to take up to two college courses per semester as an advanced education student.

Advanced Education Admissions

A Veteran, Reservist, or Dependent of a Veteran

We assist veterans, reservists, and dependents of service-connected disabled or deceased veterans with their educational benefits. We have staff available to help you complete and file Veterans Affairs (VA) forms for federal and state education assistance programs.

For more information about education benefits offered by the VA through the GI Bill™, visit benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Veteran Admissions

An Undocumented Student

The term "undocumented immigrant" refers to a person residing in any given country without legal documentation. This may include people who:

  • Entered the US without inspection
  • Entered the US legally but overstayed
  • Have or previously had Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status
  • Are U Visa holders
  • Have Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
  • Are in the process of legalizing

Undocumented Student Admissions

An International Student

International students are defined as "non-immigrant" visitors who come to the United States temporarily to take classes. A non-immigrant is someone who:

  • Applies for a non-immigrant visa to be allowed entry into the US (without a valid green card)
  • Intends to stay in the US temporarily
  • Does not have US citizenship or legal permanent resident status (a valid green card)

International Student Admissions

Get Help With Application, Enrollment, and More

Admissions and Records

Admissions and Records

Admissions and Records is here to answer your questions, help you interpret policies pertaining to enrollment, provide degree planning tools, maintain your student records, and verify enrollment and GPA.

Admissions and Records

Achieve at ARC

Achieve at ARC

ARC is committed to ensuring new students have a smooth transition to the college and are successful during their first year. Achieve@ARC is designed to ensure new students successfully transition to and complete their first year at ARC

Achieve at ARC

Connect Center

Connect Center

The Connect Center helps students navigate the community college experience and identify and achieve their academic and career goals.

Connect Center