American River College

American River College Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is American River College Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

American River College was awarded 182 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is accounting technology/technician and bookkeeping.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked American River as #790 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 203 colleges in California, American River is ranked at #115.

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Is It Hard to Get Into American River?

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.

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American River College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At American River College, the student to faculty ratio is 27 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

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 40%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  40 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at American River College

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 70%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  70 out of 100

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American River College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 31,265 undergraduates at American River with 6,116 being full-time and 25,149 being part-time.

How Much Does American River College Cost?

The overall average net price of American River is $4,816. 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 +
$4,334 $4,591 $7,268 $9,355 $10,813

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 3% of students took out student loans averaging $6,095 a year. That adds up to $24,380 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at American River is 17.3%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

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How Much Money Do American River Graduates Make?

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 $32,000 in their early years. Unfortunately, this is 20% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


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Location of American River College

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

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

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 2018-2019, 11,039 students took at least one online class at American River College. This is an increase from the 9,398 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 11,039 5,223
2017-2018 9,398 4,316
2016-2017 8,441 3,761
2015-2016 8,731 3,621
2013-2014 8,209 3,323

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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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