ARC New & Returning Students

In order for us to help you find your success, all new students must plan ahead and complete the following steps. Registration is by priority assignment for students completing all of the Los Rios Steps to Success by April 1 (for summer/fall terms) or November 1 (for spring term).

1 Apply Now 1

Get started on your path to college by filling out our free online application. You will be automatically accepted if you have a high school diploma (or equivalent) or are at least 18 years old. Once you are accepted, we will email you a student ID number and instructions for next steps.

How to apply

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.

You only need to submit one application to take classes at any college in the Los Rios district (American River College, Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, Sacramento City College). Do not submit a separate application for each college.

Application checklist




 Submit application on-line.

The application for summer and fall 2019 is now open.

Contact OpenCCC if you have questions about the application.

 Log into eServices and Los Rios Gmail after you receive your student ID number.

Check the email you provided on your application – you should receive your student ID within 24 hours.

Look up my student ID number.

2 Get Financial Help 2

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.

Federal Aid

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.
Though undocumented students cannot apply for aid through the FAFSA, the may be eligible for state financial aid through the California Dream Act. Learn more about the California Dream Act or complete your application.

California residents

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.

Financial aid checklist




 Fill out FAFSA (US citizens or permanent residents only).

Apply as early as October 1 of the year before you plan to take classes. Applications are due by March 1.*

Learn more about FAFSA or start your application here

 If you are not a US citizen or permanent US resident, then fill out a California Dream Act Application.

Apply by March 2.*

Learn more about the California Dream Act or start your application here

 Apply for California College Promise Grant (formerly BOG Fee Waiver).

Applications become available in April prior to the start of each school year.

Learn more about the California College Promise Grant or start your application here

* 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.

3 Complete Orientation 3

Orientation gives you important information to help you succeed at American River College. All new students must complete orientation on-line or in person.

Online orientation

You can start online orientation 24 hours after you get your student ID number. To complete orientation, log in to Canvas and find the tile for Los Rios Online Orientation.

Don’t have a computer or need help?

If you do not have a computer or need help, then you can complete online orientation at one of our colleges.

Orientation checklist

Item Timeline Resources
✓ Complete online orientation. At least 24 hours after you get your student ID number. Log in to Canvas.

4 Place into the Right Classes 4

To help ensure your success, you will be placed in English and math classes that match your skill level.

Use high school records for placement

You will be automatically placed into English and math classes if you:

  • Graduated from a US high school within the last ten years
  • Included all of the requested information about your high school records on your college application

You can view your placement results in your eServices account. From your eServices dashboard, click Student Center, then Steps to Success. Your placements are displayed in the Assessment Placements section.

Go to your college's Assessment Center or Placement/Assessment website for placement

If you graduated from a US high school within the last ten years but you did not report your high school information on your college application, then you can email your unofficial high school transcripts to your college's Placement/Assessment Center to receive your course placements in English and math. Sacramento City College students can bring their transcripts to the Admissions Office.

Use college records for placement

If you have attended another college (outside of Los Rios), then you can provide college transcripts showing that you passed certain classes. Additional forms may be necessary depending on the college and course.

Use guided self-placement

If you did not complete high school or have been out of high school for more than ten years, or have foreign high school transcripts, then you should use the guided self-placement process to determine what English and math courses to take. 

For further questions, check with your college’s Placement/Assessment Center:

English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment

If you are still learning English, then you can go to your college's Assessment Center to take the ESL assessment test, which will place you in an ESL class that matches your skill level.

5 Make an Education Plan 5

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.

Come prepared

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:

  1. Valid photo ID
  2. Student ID number
  3. Placement results
  4. High school transcripts
  5. AP, CLEP, or IB test scores, if you’ve taken any of these tests
  6. College transcripts, if you have previously attended college

Educational plan checklist




 Sign up for academic planning session.

After you get your placement results.


 Gather required materials for planning session.

Before your planning session.


 Attend planning session and create educational plan.

Before April 1 for summer or fall classes, or before November 1 for spring classes.


Qualify for priority enrollment

If you create your education plan by April 1 (for summer or fall semester) or November 1 (for spring semester), then you qualify for priority enrollment. Priority enrollment lets you enroll earlier than other students, so you can get into classes you want before they fill up.

6 Enroll in Classes 6

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.

Tip: You can put your desired courses in your enrollment shopping cart in eServices before your actual enrollment appointment.


Enrollment time-line

Learn more about when class schedules are posted, when you will be notified of your enrollment appointment time, and when enrollment begins.


Class schedules posted

Students receive enrollment appointment date

Enrollment begins

Spring 2019

October 22, 2018

November 8, 2018

November 19, 2018

Summer 2019

March 2019

April 2019

April 2019

Fall 2019

March 2019

April 2019

April 2019

What if a class I want is closed?

If a class you want is closed, then you can:

  • Work with a counselor to pick another class.
  • See if the class is offered at another Los Rios college.
  • Attend the first class session, even if you are not on the wait-list. You may be able to add the class if another student doesn’t show up.

What hours is on-line registration available?

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.





 Review class schedules as soon as they are posted on-line.

Spring 2019 schedules will be posted on October 22, 2018.

Summer and fall 2019 schedules will be posted in March 2019.

Go to class schedules.

 Find your enrollment appointment date and time.

Spring 2019 enrollment dates will be posted on November 8, 2018.

Summer and fall 2019 enrollment dates will be posted in April 2019.

Go to eServices.
Learn more about enrollment appointments.

 Register for classes on-line or in the Admissions and Records Office.

Spring 2019 enrollment begins November 19, 2018.

Summer and fall 2019 enrollment begins April 2019.

Admissions and Records location and hours.