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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!

Spring Break Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm.
The Campus is closed Friday April 19.

Please plan ahead! The Counseling Center experiences longer wait times the weeks leading up to and during enrollment periods as well as the weeks just before each semester begins  (Summer/Fall 19 Enrollment period: April 22 - May 21). 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).

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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!  

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)
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