ARC New & Returning Students
Whether your goal is to earn an Associate degree or certificate, transition into a new career, or transfer to a 4-year university, American River College is dedicated to helping you reach your goal. You'll work hard but we are here to support you along your pathway.
So let's get started - Select from the steps below.
Get started on your path to college by filling out our free on-line application. You will be automatically accepted if you have a high school diploma (or equivalent) or are at least 18 years old. After submitting your application, an email will be sent to you with your Los Rios identification (ID) number and instructions for next steps.
Applications are processed through OpenCCC. Create an OpenCCC account to fill out the application. You can save your application and come back to it at any time. You will have a chance to review your application before you submit it.
With the new Los Rios Promise, all first-time students who complete a FAFSA (or California Dream Act application) and enroll full time (minimum of 12 units) are eligible for free tuition. In addition to the Los Rios Promise, there are several other ways to get financial assistance if you need help paying for college. You may qualify for thousands of dollars in aid from federal, state, and private resources. Types of financial aid include fee waivers, grants, scholarships, and loans.
The first step is to apply for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can read more about the FAFSA or get started immediately.
The California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the BOG Fee Waiver) is just for California community college students and does not have to be repaid. It waives enrollment fees but does not cover the cost of books or other expenses.
* You can submit the FAFSA or the CA Dream Act Application after this date, but priority is given on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may not be considered for a Cal Grant (state financial aid) after this date.
Orientation gives you important information to help you succeed at American River College. All new students must complete orientation on-line or in person.
You can start on-line orientation 24 hours after you get your student ID number. After you finish orientation, we will email you a certificate of completion. Save or print this certificate for your records.
Don’t have a computer or need help?
Visit the Center for Leadership and Development inside the Student Center.
The purpose of placement/assessment is to help students succeed by placing them in English and math classes that match their skill level.
Using high school records for placement
You will be automatically placed into English and math classes if you:
If you have attended another college (outside of Los Rios), then you can provide college transcripts showing that you passed certain classes.
If you would like to earn a higher English placement for reading or writing and try to get into a higher-level English class, then you can take the English reading and/or writing assessment test.
Your math placement is based on the higher of:
If you are still learning English, then you can choose to take the ESL assessment test.
Visit ARC’s Assessment Center website for testing calendars, sample tests, and study suggestions.
After you have your placement results, meet with a counselor and make a first semester educational plan. Your educational plan will outline which courses you should take to meet your educational goal. Planning sessions are for students only – not for parents.
Please visit the Counseling website for specific information about scheduling an appointment.
Before your planning session, spend some time thinking about your education and career goals. On the day of your planning session, remember to bring your:
Educational plan checklist
You can enroll for classes on-line or in person. You will be assigned an enrollment appointment date and time, which is the earliest date and time you can register for classes. You can find your enrollment appointment time in eServices.
Learn more about when class schedules are posted, when you will be notified of your enrollment appointment time, and when enrollment begins.
If a class you want is closed, then you can:
During the enrollment period, on-line registration is available Monday through Saturday from 7:00 am to 11:30 pm, and on Sundays from 9:00 am to 11:30 pm.