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American River College Counseling

ARC's Counseling Office provides students with personal and academic counseling to help students achieve their academic and career goals.  Counselors are available to help make sure students start off on the right track by developing an education plan of the courses needed to achieve their goal of an Associate's degree, transfer to a university, or completion of a certificate program. Our counseling team is here to help you succeed!

Please plan ahead! The Counseling Center experiences long wait times during enrollment and the weeks just before each semester begins. The best time to see a counselor is after the second week of each semester through the beginning of each enrollment period (February-March for spring semesters, and September-October, for fall semesters).


For the week before classes begin (week of January 14th) and first week of classes (week of January 21st), the General Counseling Center is prioritizing the following services to help the department meet students' immediate needs and reduce drop-in counseling wait times:

Priority Drop-In Counseling Services: (January 14 - January 26)

Unavailable Drop-in Counseling Services:

The following services will not be available January 14 - January 26. During this time, General Counseling staff can help students schedule appointments to see a counselor during the 2nd or 3rd week of classes and beyond for the following reasons:  

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

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Course Applicability - Click this link for an updated schedule for support with Financial Aid Course Applicability.

NOTE: You must have an active Student ID# with ARC to meet with a counselor.
Click here for information on how to apply! 

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New Students! Create your Educational Plan

We are excited you have made the decision to enroll at ARC! 

To get your Educational Plan, select your status below for additional information and instructions.

First-time Student (never attended college before even though you may have taken college classes while in high school).

New Transfer Student (never attended a Los Rios college before, but completed courses at another college).



Sonia Ortiz-Mercado


Clint Allison

Office Location:

The Counseling Center is located directly behind the Administration building on College Oak Drive.


The ARC Counseling Center is open:



Select Saturday's
(See dates below)
January 19th
January 26th
March 2nd
April 6th
May 4th


IMPORTANT NOTE: All full time counselors attend a staff meeting every Tuesday during the fall and spring terms from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  Therefore, only a limited number of counselors are available during these times.



(916) 484 8572


(916) 484 8721