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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3 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: The tuition is accessible for the majority of students. However, the financial aid office is always busy and there is no time to ask questions or express doubts you have because there is always a 20 people line behind you. You always go home with doubts and you have to look for answers somewhere else.

3 College Junior

Campus Resources: Social Scene – The academic programs are good but overwhelmed by so many students trying to get in. The campus life is somewhat nonexistent. It would be better if they have more activities for students and offer internships or work experience programs.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I enjoy going to my school. Classes are available for a low price and professors are good. I have attended some school events and are of high quality and low cost. I'm happy for choosing this school.

5 College Senior

Campus Resources: Special Programs – One of the things that's special about my school is a program called WAC(writting across curriculum). With WAC students are able to have one on one sessions with English Professors to help improve their writting skills. The program also includes workshops for different parts of writing that people need help with. For example,a workshop can focus on MLA or creating a working thesis. Overall WAC is a really good program that has helped me in the past .

College Freshman

Academic Experience: Have to Do G.E – I'm going to major in business, but I first have to do some general education first. This semester I only have general education classes, but next semester I get to take some major classes and am really looking foward to it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Resources: Family Feel – Everyone here is very friendly and treat you like you are their sibling. I have made numerous friends in the short time I have been here just walking around saying hello to people walking by!

College Junior

Student Body: Some of the student body I come into contact with at school are very helpful. Some of them do seem to lack the knowledge of certain things I ask at times and have to seek the answer from someone else. This can be very time consuming when you have multiple classes to get to. But I believe this is due to the lack of staff and recent budget cuts and alot of these people of other jobs and our students thereself just looking to receive credit.

College Junior

Campus Resources: Computer Network – The computer network seems to work my of the times. It rarely goes down when I'm at school, but I use my home computer more to complete my work.

3 College Student

Overall Experience: I would have to say that my overall experience up to this point in time has been average and expected. Most teachers are good and average. The library is nice, but the lack of computers available is a HUGE problem. The campus is in decent shape, but the amount of smokers is pesky and smelly. Basically, there's nothing too wrong or too excellent. It's common for the positives to have a "but" attached to them.

2 College Student

Campus Resources: There are various resources available, but what they are and how to find them isn't explicitly given or guided to you. The school website is vague on what they are, how to find them, and how to get involved. The only time you see them on campus during the day is during noisy rally's that nobody has time for when going from class to class, and frankly, they disturb you during your day to day activities.

4 College Junior

Student Body: The Student Life – American River's diversity in race, culture, and religion gives it a very unique way to learn about new things. They involve various students with activity and have groups you can form in order to learn about other.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: American River College is a very friendly and great environment for students to develop their academic skills and make new friends. The Professors are very genuine and kind heart with great desire to teach kids and help them through their steps of life. The staff and school service are great and very helpful. The class registration process is very smooth and very self explained and the college frequently sends out notification to inform students for the upcoming event in the campus. While the campus can be better but through historical descent of being the oldest campus in the Sacramento Region, its gives itself a great pride.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: This school has online, once a week, twice a week and off campus classes. This gave me the opportunity to go to school around my work schedule.

4 College Senior

Campus Resources: Since I have been attending this college I have broadened my horizons. I have been able to talk to any Professor here about what my goals are and was given sound advice on how to achieve them. The Professors that I have encountered were very helpful in ways that were extremely enlightening. There is no other school that I would have picked that could have been better, I have received all that a student at my age could have wished for. I was treated like I could do anything that I set my mind to, and that is exactly what I am doing. The social scene here at ARC is very diverse, and easy to fit into. There are programs and college hours to help make your time here as easy to navigate as possible.

4 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: My Experience Since Going Back to College – I have been able to turn my whole life around since I have decided to get my degree. Financially I am dependent on the Pell Grant and loans to get me through. I intend to transfer to a four year college to pursue my B.A after I am finished here at American River College. I am grateful to the financial aid office for making it possible for me to achieve my long term dream of becoming a social worker and helping others.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Happy With Choice – Classes have been very informative and there is alot of help available on campus.

3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: So Far So Good – So far I havent had any problems with my class schedule,so its pretty convenient for me being that going to school is my job.

1 College Junior

Student Body: Not Social Butterflies. The students are not particularly interested in getting to know one another because this is a community college and therefore a commuter school. The students are a mix of middle aged professionals and freshman, with 30-somethings also in the mix. The diversity here is nice though- lots of Russians and African Americans and quite a few students with disabilities...it seems to be an accepting campus overall. My main complaint is that students keep to themselves.

3 College Junior

Campus Resources: Computer Availability Could Be Better – Computer labs are not plentiful. The only computer labs to speak of are located in the library and in the Learning Resource Center. None are located in the halls themselves. Network reliability and speed are average, not terrible but could be better. Wireless access is blocked to non-students and even students themselves must get permission from administrators before using the wi-fi. A personal computer/laptop may be recommended since there are limited computers. I cannot speak to the printer issue, though, as I have not needed to use a printer there yet.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Resources: I Love My School – I love my school because they built a new library for the students:Furthermore, they are building a new caferteria as well and these new improvements give students more space to learn.

3 College Junior

Campus Resources: Affordable Continuing Education and Career – This school has a POST school and work with Cal-Fire. Many students are over 30 and have established careers. This could be good for young students wishing to network.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Is This Really an Effective Education – During the last year I have mostly general education classes. Even though the classes I've been place in are considered by the college to be "advanced" I have found them to be only slightly interesting. I would consider all of the general ed taken thus far to be a "crash course" in real life. It is ideal for the student who has virtually NO real life/work experience. So far, 20 years of real life and real work have provided a more advanced level of education and training in subjects such as math, reading, speech, economy, finance and critical thinking. It is really too bad.

4 College Sophomore

Career Services: Career Center Resources – The Career Center has many resources available, friendly staff, job fairs, free assessments and much more. The job fairs are on a regular basis and have reputable companies attending. The assessments assist your career research and the friendly staff will guide you through every step of the way.

2 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: Disability Dismissed – The financial aid I have recieved has not been enough to cover expenses and college. I have a stomach disorder and it sometimes is disabling. I was dismissed from financial aid because of this and even after my appeal and documentation, I was still denied. There dimissal process needs have more communication between faculity and the students.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: Facilities Are Pretty Bad. Some of the classes are sweltering, others are freezing. They can't seem to get a handle on the air conditioning! Also, they are constantly blocking off pathways due to "construction" fences. The construction is done during class times, is VERY LOUD, and completely ruins any concentration you might have. Construction should be done at night, when there are no students around. Parking is a NIGHTMARE. Very little parking for the number of students attending.

Not enough outdoor tables, the cafeteria is non-existent because of the construction of the student center (they just totally got rid of the cafeteria, and put up some portables and make people eat outside, even if it's 95 degrees out).

The reason to go to ARC is the teachers/classes, definitely not the facilities. The facilities are AWFUL.


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