What is institutional accreditation?

Accreditation is a voluntary, independent review of educational programs to determine that the education provided is of uniform and sound quality. Being awarded accreditation ensures that an institution has been evaluated and that it met set standards of quality determined by the accrediting organization granting the accreditation. A college's accreditation is maintained by continued adherence to the set criteria. Courses offered at an accredited institution generally are transferable to other institutions and qualify for financial aid.

American River College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges,  an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Post-secondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

The ACCJC is located at 10 Commercial Boulevard, Suite 204 , Novato, CA 94949. Their phone number is (415) 506-0234; their email is accjc@accjc.org and their website is https://accjc.org/. Click here for a listing of upcoming ACCJC events and meetings.

In addition, some ARC programs are accredited by other external agencies:

American River College

Certificate of Accreditation

March 5th, 2018

American River College Certificate of Accreditation

American River College

Certificate of Accreditation Letter

March 5th, 2018

American River College Certificate of Accreditation Letter