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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).


Effective February 1, 2019, standardized assessment tests will no longer be administered for placement into English and Math classes. ESL tests will still be offered.

With the newly enacted Assembly Bill 705, students who graduated from a United States high school in the last 10 years will receive English and math placements using high school records instead of standardized assessment tests. Those students should be able to view their placements in their eServices accounts in March 2019.

Students who have foreign transcripts, and students who graduated more than 10 years ago will use a Guided Self-Placement tool to choose the course(s) most suitable for them. 

*More than a year ago, California law (Assembly Bill 705) essentially eliminated the use of assessment tests for purposes of determining placement of students into transfer-level math and English courses in community colleges. Research shows that California students are far more prepared than assessment tests have acknowledged. A student's high school performance is a much stronger predictor of success in transfer-level courses than standardized placement tests.  AB 705 requires colleges to take into account high school coursework, high school grades, and high school grade point average when determining math and English placement upon enrollment. For more information please watch this video: Know Your Rights: The AB 705 Initiative and What it Means for Students.

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NOTE: You must have an active Student ID# with ARC to meet with a counselor.
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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)
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