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Why ARC?

Everything you need to achieve your educational goals.

An Affordable, Quality Education in Your Community

A High-Quality Education
We offer a wide variety of degree and certificate programs in general education, transfer, and career education areas. We will work with you to help you identify your career goals and the custom educational path to get you there.

Where You Live
We are proud to serve the diverse communities of the greater Sacramento region. In addition to our main campus on College Oak Drive, American River College also serves students at our Natomas, McClellan, and Mather centers. These educational centers give you access to quality higher education close to home and work, where you can take advantage of a variety of course offerings and support services to help you succeed.

A Commitment to Social Justice and Equity
American River College strives to uphold the dignity and humanity of every student and employee. We are committed to equity and social justice through equity-minded education, transformative leadership, and community engagement. We believe this commitment is essential to achieving our mission and enhancing our community.

Flexible Scheduling Options
We understand you may have job and family obligations that can make attending college a challenge. That's why we offer flexible scheduling options to meet your needs, including full-term and short-term classes, evening and weekend options, and classes that are fully and partially online.

Even more reasons why ARC can help you succeed.

Transfer Opportunities

Our graduates transfer to a wide variety of four-year universities, including the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) campuses, plus private colleges. We have over 1,000 major preparation agreements that are available to students preparing for transfer, including Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAGs) with institutions from coast to coast.

Start Your Career

American River College is a pioneer in 21st-century career preparation, continually developing new programs to help meet the needs of a rapidly changing workforce. Whether you want to start a brand-new career or boost your job skills, we have excellent options for you.

Never Stop Learning

We offer an array of lifelong learning classes for people of all ages. Whatever you are interested in, you never have to stop learning. Favorite topics include art, hands-on computer skills, fitness and kinesiology, foreign languages, history, music, nutrition and health, theatre arts, and writing and literature.