American River is a public college located in North Highlands, California in the Sacramento Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,073 undergraduate students. The American River acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Police and Criminal Science, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Social Science Research Methods. Graduating 31% of students, American River alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $23,200.
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.153 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.149 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.149 responses
Most Popular Majors
Police and Criminal Science2,054 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities985 Graduates
Social Science Research Methods615 Graduates
Natural Sciences403 Graduates
Physical Sciences182 Graduates
Child Care Provider131 Graduates
Foreign Languages and Literatures117 Graduates
Automotive Mechanics104 Graduates
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American River College Reviews
I choose to go to American River College due to the ratings of the professors. I always check ratemyprofessor.com to determine whether I want to take a class or not. American River College has by far the most outstanding ratings. Although, the school is 45 minutes away from me, I don’t mind the drive if I’m getting my moneys worth of education getting taught by great teachers. I do wish the local area could have some improvements because sometimes I don’t feel safe walking in the parking lot, so maybe more security would be great. Overall, it is a great school and I love taking classes here! Nice campus also!
My first visit to the college was a very positive experience. The semester hadn't started yet and I was finding the locations for each of my classes. I had several professors ask if I needed help finding classes or buildings. Some professors even offered advice. I am currently focusing my studies on business and I find my business professors to be incredibly knowledgeable, understanding, and helpful. I have had a better experience here than I have at any other school I have attended. The school has a goal to update all buildings. The community on campus is easy going and diverse. There are a lot of parking spots because they recently built a 5 level parking garage!
I love it! It’s a large campus with a wide variety of demographics, class types & degree programs! The one thing I would change about it, the counselor to student ratio seems to be way off. If you’re a walk-in appointment, the wait is forever. If you schedule an appointment, you have to call at 7am and hope you can get an appointment scheduled for a week out. Hiring a few more counselors might not fix the problem, but it might help alleviate some of the issue.