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American River College is a public institution located in Sacramento, California. The suburban atmosphere of Sacramento makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

6,116 Full-Time Undergraduates

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American River College Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

American River has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#265 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#348 Most Popular Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at American River.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#6 Most Popular Carpentry Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Most Popular Electronics Maintenance & Repair Associate’s Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Most Popular Building Management & Inspection Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Most Popular Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#55 Most Popular Construction Trades Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#62 Most Popular Personal & Culinary Services Associate’s Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#98 Most Popular Mechanic & Repair Technologies Associate’s Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#115 Most Popular Precision Metal Working Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#116 Most Popular Precision Production Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is American River College?


Contact details for American River are given below.

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

Can I Afford American River?

$0 In-State Tuition
3% Take Out Loans
17.3% Loan Default Rate
For the 2017-2018 academic year, part-time American River students paid $46 per credit hour if they lived in-state. Out-of-state students paid $326 per credit hour. The costs for full-time students are given in the table below.

In State Out of State
Tuition $0 $7,824
Fees $1,104 $1,104
Books and Supplies $1,854 $1,854

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. 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.

American River College Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,116 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 31,265 undergraduate students at American River, with 6,116 being full-time and 25,149 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 6,116 full-time undergraduates at American River, 47% are male and 53% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of American River College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 863
Black or African American 462
Hispanic or Latino 1,463
White 2,633
International Students 49
Other Races/Ethnicities 646

Over 48 countries are represented at American River. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Vietnam, South Korea, and China.

Online Learning at American River College

4,316 Took All Classes Online
9,398 Took At Least One Class Online
6.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 9,398 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at American River has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of American River

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at American River College was 6.9%. This is the #1,187 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at American River regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

American River College Trade School Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
General Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair 58 28 10 96
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 24 14 42 80
Welding Technology/Welder 58 10 6 74
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 54 5 0 59
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 24 6 19 49
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking 0 0 37 37
Carpentry/Carpenter 0 1 35 36
Biomedical Technology 11 13 7 31
General Cooking & Related Culinary Arts 23 0 5 28
Restaurant, Culinary, & Catering Management/Manager 5 23 0 28
General Drafting & Design Technology/Technician 0 11 14 25
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 24 0 0 24
General Funeral Service & Mortuary Science 0 21 0 21
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 0 19 0 19
Drywall Installation/Drywaller 0 0 18 18
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 0 9 4 13
Electrician 0 4 7 11
Home Health Aide/Home Attendant 9 0 0 9
Autobody/Collision & Repair Technology/Technician 7 0 1 8
Engineering Technology 0 4 0 4
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician 4 0 0 4
Building Construction Technology 2 0 0 2
Other Electromechanical & Instrumentation & Maintenance Technologies/Technicians 1 0 0 1
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 304 168 205 677


*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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