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Frequently Asked Counseling Questions

ADMISSION

Do I need a high school diploma to attend American River College?

I have already been to college. What do I have to do?

What if I already have a college degree?

CHILDCARE

I have young children--is child care available?

CONTACTING MY INSTRUCTOR

How do I contact my instructor?

DROPPING CLASSES

What if I change my mind after I signed up for a class?

FEES

How much does it cost to attend?

GRADES

How do I get the D's and F's cleared from my transcript?

What is a "W"?

GRADUATING/ GETTING THE DIPLOMA

What must I do to graduate in two years with an Associate in Arts Degree?

"When I have met all requirements for the AA/AS degree, what do I do to receive my diploma?"

If I have taken most of my units from another college, can I earn an Associate degree at American River College?

HOUSING

Housing

TRANSCRIPT

How can I obtain a copy of my transcripts?

WORK EXPERIENCE/JOB PLACEMENT

What is the difference between work experience and job placement?

Can I get units for working in the same job I am in right now?

 

 


If you have not found the answer to your question in any of the above links, you may email the Counseling Center directly.

 

 


 

ADMISSION

Do I need a high school diploma to attend American River College?

"No, if you are 18 or over you do not need a high school diploma. If you are under 18 and still in high school, you may be admitted by special admission. Check the following link for information regarding special admission. If this information does not pertain to you, see an ARC counselor, by calling 484-8572

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I have already been to college. What do I have to do?

If you have completed classes at another college or university, you are considered a transfer student. You are not required to go through the same matriculation steps as new students, but it is recommended. If you wish, you may participate in assessment, orientation, and a counseling session. Click the following link for more information about the matriculation steps for students who are new to American River College http://www.arc.losrios.edu/Support_Services/Counseling/New_Transfer_Students.htm

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What if I already have a college degree?

If you already have an associate degree or higher, you are not required to participate in the matriculation process (i.e. assessment, orientation, or counseling). You only need to complete the online admissions application prior to enrolling in classes. You will be eligible to register for classes during priority registration "3" or during open registration. If you need help with selecting appropriate courses for your goal, you can make an appointment to see a counselor by calling (916) 484-8572 . Click here for more information and step-by-step instructions regarding the enrollment process.

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CHILDCARE

I have young children--is child care available?

"Yes, child care is available at the ARC Children's Center for enrolled students who qualify." More ARC Children's Center information.

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CONTACTING MY INSTRUCTOR

How do I contact my instructor?

You can contact your instructor(s) by phone or by email. If you are enrolled in a class, contact information should be given to you on the course syllabus. If you wish to contact an instructor whose class you are not enrolled in, you can look for their contact information in the ARC Online Faculty & Staff Directory. If you don't find the instructor listed, contact the appropriate department/or area; for example, if you are looking for a History instructor, contact the Social Science area, if you are looking for a Biology instructor, then contact the Science area.

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DROPPING CLASSES

What if I change my mind after I signed up for a class?

If you change your mind about taking a class you have registered for, you must drop the course online through your eServices student account. There are several deadlines for dropping classes, depending on the length of the course (full semester, 8 weeks etc.) Each deadline will affect whether you will receive a refund or have a notation on your record. It is highly recommended that you drop the courses as soon as you make the decision so that other students may be able to enroll. Always get confirmation when you drop courses and keep this confirmation until that semester grades are posted. Generally speaking, dropping a course is not possible during the last 25% of the class. Always consult the current Schedule of Courses for specific deadlines.

http://www.losrios.edu/class-schedules.php

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 FEES

How much does it cost to attend?

Enrollment fees are based upon whether or not you are a resident of California or graduated from high school in California. For more information check the current Schedule of Classes for the most up to date information on fees and expenses or the following link http://losrios.edu/lrc/lrc_feepay.html

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GRADES

How do I get the D's and F's cleared from my transcript?

"Once grades are recorded on your record, they are permanent and cannot be removed. You can have D's and F's discounted from your grade point average by either repeating the classes or by applying for academic renewal. For your specific situation please speak to a counselor regarding the appropriateness of either one of these procedures. To make an appointment with a counselor, call (916) 484-8572 .

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What is a "W"?

"W" stands for withdrawal. This grade is not computed in your GPA; however, it does affect your academic standing in terms of progress probation and dismissal.

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GRADUATING /GETTING THE DIPLOMA

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What must I do to graduate in two years with an Associate in Arts Degree?

The state and district requirements for the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees are explained in the college catalog. The length of time it takes to graduate depends on whether you are fully academically prepared, and how many units/classes you take per semester. Your counselor can assist you with determining how long it may take you based on your educational goal and the coursework required to reach that goal.

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"When I have met all requirements for the AA/AS degree, what do I do to receive my diploma?"

You must apply for graduation by making an appointment with a counselor who will prepare a Curriculum Planning Summary Sheet. This form shows what courses you have taken to fulfill requirements for your degree. You must be enrolled or done with all course required for your degree upon petitioning for graduation. The deadline to petition for graduation is usually within the first six weeks of each new semester, and within the first two weeks of the summer term. Please refer to the current Schedule of Classes for exact dates: http://losrios.edu/class-schedules.html or visit http://www.arc.losrios.edu/Graduation_and_Transfer.htm and click the link for Graduation Deadlines.

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If I have taken most of my units from another college, can I earn an Associate degree at American River College?

You must complete at least 12 units at American River College in order to obtain an Associate degree from ARC. Meet with a counselor, who will assist you in determining how your units earned from another college can be applied toward general education or a major at American River College. Call 484-8572 to make an appointment with a counselor.

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HOUSING

Housing

"American River College does not provide residency housing. However, the Activities Office does have information available on roommates, shared housing, and available rentals. Contact the Student Activities office at (916) 484-8471."

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TRANSCRIPTS

How can I obtain a copy of my transcripts?

You can access and print unofficial copies of your transcript from any computer with internet access as long as you have your ARC student identification number and your password. Use the following link www.arc.losrios.edu and click on current students. If you don't remember your password, you must go to eService for assistant. Official transcripts must be requested from the Admissions and Records Department.

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WORK EXPERIENCE & JOB PLACEMENT

What is the difference between work experience and job placement?

Work Experience is a program for students to earn college credit by combining volunteer or paid work experience with classroom training. Job Placement is a service to help students find jobs on or off campus. For more information, visit http://wexp.losrios.edu/

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Can I get units for working in the same job I am in right now?

Yes. You can earn units by working for pay or as a volunteer through the Work Experience Program. Please click the following link for more information:  http://wexp.losrios.edu/

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If you have not found the answer to your question in one of the above links, you may email the Counseling Center directly.