Sacramento, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$7,200 ($1,104)
Branch Campus Of
Los Rios Community Colleges
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Reviews 937 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Junior

Student Body: I like the diversity of the school, i have not seen much to truly grade this. I mostly keep to myself, i work hard and only talk when spoken to or in projects.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Not Scary – Being a new student i was a little nervous when i got to school but my experience was great. It was not at all scary and the counselors I've had were of great help. The classes are flexible and the staff are always ready to greet you or answer your question the only thing i dislike is scheduling classes on my own.

4 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Go BOGW – The financial aid and tuition department is very effective. Last year I qualified for the BOGW--which is a waiver for low income students-- and that allowed me to enroll and succeed. This last year's FAFSA showed that I made too much to qualify again for the BOGW. However there are different ways of qualifying and since I was a straight A student last semester, I was awarded the waiver again. I was extremely happy to recieve this because I stopped working to return to school and could not afford it otherwise. Thanks to the financial aid system, I will continue with my education!

3 College Senior

Student Body: To Care or Not to Care. The students at American River College are typical of most community college students. There are two types of student here: the one who is speeding through to move forward to either a career or university, and the one who is meandering through the courtyard enjoying whatever may distract her from her homework. While I have attended this school for the past two semesters, I have made one friend, which is discouraging to the "college experience" everyone raves about. This is common for the age group that attends and the socio-economic state of our community. The hope is that everyone who attends higher education will be involved in the school's activities and goal driven as to not clog the system. If the direction could steer more toward unified student body, the educational experience would be more welcoming and fulfilling to all. Overall the student body is diverse, welcoming to other religions and orientations--which is a great portrayal of the Sacramento area.

3 College Senior

Campus Resources: Food for Thought – American River College is known for its amazing culinary program, and outstanding professors. These two complimentary essentials to a great education set apart this college from others in the area. It is clear that the professors are extremely well educated and care deeply for the position they hold in the classroom and outside world. The students in the Culinary Program are direct relfections of this type of care and educated faculty the school provides. Their food is served in luxury with a set menu that changes frequently and provides affordable and excellent delicacies to anyone who is lucky enough to eat with them.

4 College Senior

Career Services: Good Services – very helpful for me to find an part time job at school while taking full time classes. they also send me useful information about potential job for my major, and internship.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Variety, Good Education, Nice Professor – ARC is the best community college in Losrios district college in my opinion. the science department is really nice with great and caring professors. the students are out going, enthusiastic, and show their desire to learn. the tutoring programs such as Beacon tutor, EOP&S tutoring, are very helpful and really make a difference in students' academic performance.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall Content – I first started taking classes at ARC when I was in seventh grade. The teachers were really nice to me and have always been very helpful. Although the campus is not the newest, and there are not many events, I think the teachers are what make it special. They care for their students, are good at explaining the material in class, and will take the time to work with you in their office hours. There are some events on campus, but I never went to any. I was focused on my grades and education more than entertainment. I got a good education from wonderful teachers.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: Good Technology, but Too Crowded – The technology in the library is very up to date and user friendly; they even have someone ready to help if anyone needs it. The only complaint about the library's computer lab is that there are not enough computers. The only time I have not had to wait for a computer is right after the library opened, but after about eight in the morning, there always seems to be a wait to get a computer.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: Not Very Community Oriented – It is depressing most of the time. I feel anxious to leave campus, like its designed to make you want to go away. There really is no place where people can study and get coffee in one place, like a coffee or tea house. The library is decent, outdated, but the staff is nice most of the time. Not all the teachers have their books available at the library.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: Needs Improvement – American river college needs to think about its priorities. With the budget crisis, is it really necessary to remodel the cafeteria? We need to spend on better education and keeping classes available. They cut some of my favorite classes and fired my favorite teacher. It is scary, when you see what is happening to our education system. All semester I have been stressed and angry that it is getting more expensive to go to college yet the education is getting worse.

4 College Sophomore


5 College Junior

Campus Resources: Great Tutoring – Throughout high school I was always the one tutoring others, so when I got to college I assumed I wouldn't need help. After the first term I realized some extra help would be beneficial.
At ARC, they've got the Reading Across the Disciplines (RAD) program that sorts interested students into study groups at their time convenience.
Not only did we study, but we also bounced ideas off each other for the study guide, and learned beneficial habits for studying, reading, and taking notes as well.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Clubs for All – There are many clubs and groups one can partake in on campus. However I have busy schedule with my classes, my job, and my sport, so I haven't made time to join a club. There are a few clubs I would be interested in, seeing as they have something for everyone.

They set up a Club Day several times a year, and often have small vendors set up their wares on campus.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Convenient Class Times – There are many different time and teacher choices for different core classes, so the class you need can be taken at one's convenience.

Even though class prices are increasing at all schools, classes are still cheaper here than at a 4 year institution.

All of my professors have been extremely helpful when further assistance or clarification was needed as well.

The only downside is the parking, however there is a new parking structure in the works right now.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: Good Network – So far, I did not have any problems with the school network. The network reliability,speed, and wireless access was fast and excellent. The computer labs and printing on campus was reasonable and satisfactory.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: Registration Process Is Crazy. I've had pretty satisfied experiences with my professors, curriculum, workload and other considerations. However, when it comes to class registration process, it was really difficult and stressful. First of all, there are not many class options, so often times the classes are wait-list or closed. Secondly, the whole registering classes is online process, so it was very confusing when I had to do it the first time.

College Junior

Career Services: No Comment – I do not have any knowledge about post-grad services, and/or alumni network, so I don't really have anything to say.

2 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: I'm an international student at the school. And I just found out that the tuition got raised. I'm already paying so much more than the regular students, and there was not really clear notification about the change; I shockingly found out by reading something on the school website. And no one really told me about any financial aid as an international student. I wish that the school would send an e-mail or something to let us know about the fee increase, instead of letting them bluntly find out by their own.

4 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: The financial aid process at ARC at times can be time consuming and tedious but the people that are there are generally nice and help you figure things out.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: Yay for Libraries – The library at American River College is amazing. The librarians are super nice and really helpful. You can even schedule appointments to meet with one to help you find sources. It's quick and easy to get books from any of the four colleges in the system, and they have online sources as well that are even accessible from home. The library makes finding sources a breeze.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: It's Pretty Good – I've for the most part not had too much trouble using the computers at American River College, but you are pretty much on your own if you have any issues. There are sometimes people around to help but not all are very helpful and some are rude like you should already know exactly what to do.

College Student

Tuition & Financial Aid: I dont qualify for financial aid. The classes are very expensive.

5 College Student

Campus Resources: What's unique about American River College is that it has a great program that allows me to work as a full time employee and also as a full time student. The pragram is for accelerated students. I love it because it gives me an opportunity to finish school sooner then a part time student can.

5 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: Very Helpful – The financial aid program is very accessible to students. I would expect most schools to create a very intimidating professional attitude towards financial aid, but ARC does a good job of being available to talk to students.


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