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Facts and Statistics

Students 26,501 (Fall 2020)

Students by Race/Ethnicity

ETHNICITY % OF STUDENTS Number of Students
African American 7.5 1981
Asian 12.6 3330
Filipino 2.5 669
Hispanic/Latino 25.9 6851
Multi-Race 6.7 1769
Native American 0.5 134
Other Non-White 0.2 56
Pacific Islander 1.0 254
Unknown 3.1 830
White 40.1 10627
100.0% 26501

Students by Age

AGE GROUP % OF STUDENTS Number of Students
Under 18 4.5 1193
18-20 26.1 6912
21- 24 21.0 5565
25-29 16.1 4254
30-39 19.1 5049
40-49 8.2 2178
50+ 5.1 1350
100.0% 26501

Students by Gender

GENDER % OF STUDENTS Number of Students
Male 42.7 11303
Female 55.3 14662
Unknown 1.8 457
X 0.2 61
100.0 26501

Unit Load

LOAD % OF STUDENTS Number of Students
Less than 6 units 45.4 12044
6 - 11.9 units 35.5 9415
12+ units 19.0 5042
100.0% 26501

First Generation Students

First Generation Students % of Students Number of Students
Yes 27.9 7397
No 72.1 19104
100.0% 26501

Student Achievement Data

Course Completion Rates*

Course Completion Rates*

Institution-Set Standard (floor) 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
67 % 69% 73%
Stretch goal (aspirational) 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
77% 78% 78%
Actual Course Completion rate 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
75% 76% 73%

*Course completion rates include excused withdrawal (EW) grades. The high number of EW grades awarded in Spring 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic accounts for the decrease in course completion rate for the 2019-2020 academic year. If EW grades are excluded, the course completion rate for the 2019-2020 academic year increases from 73% to 79%. The average of including and excluding EW grades results in a course completion rate of 76% for the 2019-2020 academic year, which is unchanged from the previous 2018-2019 academic year (76%).

Certificates (16 units or more)

Certificates (16 units or more)

Institution-Set Standard (floor) 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
917 1,176 1,020
Stretch goal (aspirational) 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
1,512 1,512 1,512
Actual number of certificates 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
1,376 1,175 1,317

Associate Degrees (A.A/A.S)

Associate Degrees (A.A/A.S)

Institution-Set Standard (floor) 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
1,505 1,878 1,960
Stretch goal (aspirational) 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
2,460 2,460 2,460
Actual number of degrees 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
2,003 2,064 2,197

Transfers to UC / CSU

Transfers to UC / CSU

Institution-Set Standard (floor) 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
1,092 1,135 867
Stretch goal (aspirational) 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
1,700 1,700 1,700
Actual number of students who
transfer to UC / CSU
2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
1,229 1,032 1,087

In 2016, American River College adopted a consistent college wide methodology for computing Institution Set Standards. Institution Set Standards are computed by first taking the average of the preceding 3 years (not including the current year). Then a 95% Confidence Interval is constructed around the preceding 3 year average. The lower limit of this 95% Confidence Interval serves as the Institution Set Standard.

In 2017, American River College utilized the upper limit of the 95% Confidence Interval to serve as the Stretch Goal.

In 2019, the procedure for setting Stretch Goals for certificates, degrees, and transfers was modified to align with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Vision for Success Goals and American River College’s Strategic Planning Goals. This alignment resulted in a stretch goal of a 20% increase for certificates and degrees, and a 35% increase for transfers by 2021 - 2022 using the 2016 - 17 year as a baseline.

Statistics & Demographics

Los Rios Community College District, which also includes Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, and Sacramento City College. ARC currently serves over 30,000 students (full-time and part-time) each spring and fall. For crime statistics, explore the Annual Clery Report.

Annual Clery Report