Students can now schedule an in-person appointment online one week from the current day. Appointments are located in the Counseling Center on campus at American River College. Simply select your status below to schedule your in-person counseling appointment. Students must have completed an ARC Application 24 hours before attempting to schedule an appointment online. New appointments are added early everyday

Update: We are experiencing very high demand for online scheduling. Appointments fill very quickly each day, we advise students to check the system early each day for new appointments one week from the current day. If you need to see a counselor immediately, please call or visit the Counseling Center.

Current High School students interested in taking college courses are required to follow the Advanced Education steps.

Explore our Advanced Education webpage.

Counseling Appointments

New Student Get Connected Session - Never attended any college.

Next Steps


Before scheduling your sesion, the following 4 steps must be completed/agreed to.

  1. Apply
    After you apply, you will receive a "Los Rios" email that includes your student ID number which you will need in order to schedule a counseling appointment or group session.  
    Click here to access the ARC Application
  2. Complete Orientation 
    New student orientation is offered online and you may do this from any computer.  A link to the Online Orientation is provided in the "Los Rios" email you receive after submitting your application.  You may complete the online orientation once you receive the "Los Rios" email with your student ID number .  Assistance with this step is available on the ARC main campus in the Center for Leadership & Development, located in the Student Center.
    Click here to access the Los Rios Online Orientation
  3. Complete Self-Placements if needed  (Effective March 2019)  
    All new students who completed high school more than 10 years ago, are required to complete the guided self-placement for English and mathematics (and placement test for ESL if applicable). This will assist you in determining appropriate course placement.  
    Click here to view the Assessment Center website 

  4. Have not attended any other college
    The new to college group sessions are for new to college students only. If you have attended college previously, please do not click the link below.  Please Select "Transfer Student" appointment.

After you have completed all 4 steps, you are now ready to attend one of our Get Connected Sessions.  These sessions are designed for all new to college students only.  

Students with ESL placements should call or visit Counseling at 916-484-8572 to schedule an appointment. 

Note:  All full-time counselors attend staff meetings every Tuesday during fall and spring terms from 2:00-4:00 p.m. 

Continuing Students - (Attending a Los Rios College and New ESL Students)

Online Appointment Scheduling

Our counseling appointment scheduling system allows current and returning students to book an in-person counseling appointment online. You can search for day, time, and counselor to find the most convenient appointment.

In order to make your appointment more productive, please ensure you have completed the following requirements and have the appropriate documents needed prior to making an appointment:

  • Must have completed Supplimental form or a Los Rios Application.
  • Must select all applicable reasons when scheduling your appointment.
  • If you have transcripts from another college(s), please bring your unofficial transcripts with you to your counseling appointment.
  •  Students with transcripts from another college(s) must select the "Evaluation of Transcripts" reason when scheduling an appointment.

Note:  All full-time counselors attend staff meetings every Tuesday during fall and spring terms from 2:00-4:00 p.m. 

Returning Students - (Not enrolled, have attended a Los Rios College in the past)

Returning Students online Appointment Scheduling

Our counseling appointment scheduling system allows current and returning students to book an in-person counseling appointment online. You can search for day, time, and counselor to find the most convenient appointment.

In order to make your appointment more productive, please ensure you have completed the following requirements and have the appropriate documents needed prior to making an appointment:

  • Must have completed Supplimental form or a Los Rios Application.
  • Must select all applicable reasons when scheduling your appointment.
  • If you have transcripts from another college(s), please bring your unofficial transcripts with you to your counseling appointment.
  •  Students with transcripts from another college(s) must select the "Evaluation of Transcripts" reason when scheduling an appointment.

Note:  All full-time counselors attend staff meetings every Tuesday during fall and spring terms from 2:00-4:00 p.m. 

Transfer Student Appointment (Have Attended a Non-Los Rios College)

Since you have completed classes at another college or university, you are considered a transfer student.

New transfer students:
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 placement, orientation, and a counseling session. Click the following link for more information about the matriculation steps for students you can go to our  Steps to Success page. You may be required to take a placement test if you did not complete an English or math course at your prior college.

Submit Official Transcripts:
All of your outside transcripts  should be sent to ARC Admissions and Records at least one week in advance of the appointment to allow time to process and scan into our system.  If you can't have your official transcripts submitted before your counseling appointment please bring an unofficial copy of your transcripts from all colleges you have attended outside the Los Rios District. Your transcripts assist counselors in determining appropriate courses.

Important:
In order to make your appointment more productive, please ensure you have completed the following requirements and have the appropriate documents needed prior to making an appointment:
Must have completed a Los Rios Application.

  • You must select all applicable appointment reasons when scheduling your appointment.
  • If you have transcripts from another college(s), please bring your unofficial transcripts with you to your counseling appointment.
  • Students with transcripts from another college(s) must select the " Evaluation of Transcripts" reason when scheduling their appointment.

Note:  All full-time counselors attend staff meetings every Tuesday during fall and spring terms from 2:00-4:00 p.m. 

Get Connected Follow-up

Students who have recently attended a get connected session and still need counselor support can schedule a follow up appointment via the link below.

Get Connected Follow Up