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American River College Data & Information Overview

204 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
15% Student Loan Default Rate
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How Well Is American River College Ranked?

#1,324 Best Colleges in Nation
#134 Best Colleges in CA
Business Administration & Management Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

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American River College was awarded 204 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration & management.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, American River is ranked #1,324 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when American River held the #1,391 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

American River also holds the #134 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into American River?

Open Admissions Policy

Acceptance Rate

Returning adults and other non-traditional students may appreciate the fact that American River College has an open admissions policy. This means that you'll only have to submit basic materials, which may include proof that you completed high school or an equivalent program.

Learn more about American River College admissions.

American River College Faculty

26 to 1 Student to Faculty
42% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at American River College is 26 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at American River College is 42%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  42 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at American River College

69% Freshmen Retention

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at American River College is 69%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  69 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at American River College.

American River College Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,989 Full-Time Undergraduates
50.1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
57.4% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 25,422 undergraduates at American River with 4,989 being full-time and 20,433 being part-time.

How Much Does American River College Cost?

$5,561 Net Price
1% Take Out Loans
$24,524 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of American River is $5,561. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for American River

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$4,848 $5,547 $7,806 $9,707 $11,208

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of American River, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At American River, approximately 1% of students took out student loans averaging $6,131 a year. That adds up to $24,524 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at American River is 14.9%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do American River Graduates Make?

$35,437 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from American River with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $35,437 in their early years. This is about 17% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at American River College make the most money.

Location of American River College

California State
4,989 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
American River College is a public institution situated in Sacramento, California. American River is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Contact details for American River are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4700 College Oak Dr, Sacramento, CA 95841-4286
Phone: 916-484-8011

American River College Majors

77 Majors With Completions
2,821 Undergraduate Degrees
Learn more about the majors offered at American River College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at American River

82% Take At Least One Class Online
74% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 21,131 students took at least one online class at American River College. This is an increase from the 15,778 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 21,131 19,106
2019-2020 15,778 7,172
2018-2019 11,039 5,223
2017-2018 9,398 4,316
2016-2017 8,441 3,761

Learn more about online learning at American River College.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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