ARC is committed to ensuring new students have a smooth transition to the college and are successful during their first year.
Vision Statement – To ensure that every first-time-in college student is informed of ARC’s resources and services, connects with campus staff/faculty, and finds a place on our campus that reflects their individual values, beliefs, and interests. Through proactive academic engagement and consistent communication, every first-time-in-college student will enroll in and be successful every semester while enrolled at ARC.
Mission Statement – The Achieve Program empowers every first-time-in-college student to be engaged in their educational journey. The Achieve Success Team meets students where they are and promotes a culture of self-advocacy and academic excellence. Our mission remains to ensure that every first-time-in-college student is given access to academic support and campus engagement opportunities to create an enriched college experience.
Achieve Program Expectations For All First Year Students
- Complete the FAFSA or California Dream Act application
- Complete the enrollment steps and register for Fall 2019 courses.
- Enroll in Math and/or English course during the Fall 2019 semester (Strongly Recommended)
- Participate in the free "Get Connected" orientation session.
- Check-in once per semester with designated Achieve counselor or Success coach and attend at least one Achieve event to be entered into a drawing to win a free laptop and gift cards. The more you participate, the more opportunities to win.
“Get Connected Sessions Are Just For You!”
Get Connected is a 3-hour, in-person orientation program you don't want to miss. Get Connected will provide essential tools for new ARC students to succeed. Students will learn about the many student support resources, academic support services, connect with faculty, staff, and other students. This is your chance to meet your fellow students new to ARC
Questions? Please email
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I am studying Psychology at ARC and, after obtaining my AA/AS here, I am planning to transfer to Sac State for my BA in Psychology. My goal is to obtain my Master’s degree in counseling and to become a counselor.
I really enjoy my time here at ARC both as a student and a student assistant. I love helping other people, especially when it is helping them with college-related issues. Since the first day I started working on campus, I have been given the opportunity to help others. Also, by working in different departments I learn new things every day and that is something that keeps me happy and encourages me to do my job in the best way it can be done. I like how the staff here are passionate about helping new and continuing students to achieve their educational goals. I am glad to be part of this incredible team.
A fun fact about me is that I have been doing photography as a side job and I will be pursuing it even more professionally by obtaining new skills in the ARTPH and ARTNM courses that are available here on campus.