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American River College is a public institution situated 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.

4,989 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.

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Most Popular Carpentry Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular Building Management & Inspection Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Most Popular Construction Trades Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Most Popular Electronics Maintenance & Repair Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#57 Most Popular Precision Metal Working Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#61 Most Popular Precision Production Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#69 Most Popular Personal & Culinary Services Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#84 Most Popular Mechanic & Repair Technologies Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards American River has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Highest Paid Respiratory Care Therapy Graduates College Factual
#6 Highest Paid Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Graduates College Factual
#6 Highest Paid Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Graduates College Factual
#12 Highest Paid Mental & Social Health Services Graduates College Factual
#12 Highest Paid Electronics Maintenance & Repair Graduates College Factual
#17 Highest Paid Allied Health Professions Graduates College Factual

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?

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 $353 per credit hour. The costs for full-time students are given in the table below.

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 $5,860 a year. That adds up to $23,440 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

4,989 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 25,422 undergraduate students at American River, with 4,989 being full-time and 20,433 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 4,989 full-time undergraduates at American River, 43% are male and 57% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 645
Black or African American 300
Hispanic or Latino 1,143
White 2,299
International Students 31
Other Races/Ethnicities 571

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

7,172 Took All Classes Online
15,778 Took At Least One Class Online
19.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 15,778 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 19.2%. This is the #954 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
Carpentry/Carpenter 0 0 177 177
General Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair 16 27 11 54
Drywall Installation/Drywaller 0 0 50 50
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 11 13 21 45
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 16 5 22 43
Electrician 0 1 38 39
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 19 10 0 29
Welding Technology/Welder 3 18 4 25
Restaurant, Culinary, & Catering Management/Manager 1 21 0 22
General Cooking & Related Culinary Arts 8 0 11 19
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking 0 0 17 17
Respiratory Care Therapy 0 16 0 16
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 0 10 4 14
Biomedical Technology 4 7 2 13
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 13 0 0 13
General Funeral Service & Mortuary Science 0 12 0 12
General Drafting & Design Technology 0 5 6 11
Home Health Aide/Home Attendant 8 0 0 8
Telecommunications Technology 1 0 5 6
Cabinetmaking & Millwork 0 0 5 5
Autobody/Collision & Repair Technology/Technician 0 2 1 3
Engineering Technology 0 2 0 2
TOTAL 100 149 374 623


*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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