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  1. Professors
    B-
  2. Value
    C-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Safety
    A-
  5. Student Life
    B-
  6. Location
    C+
ARC is a public college located in North Highlands, California in the Sacramento Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,173 undergraduate students. The ARC acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Police and Criminal Science, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Social Science Research Methods. Graduating 29% of students, ARC alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $23,200.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA

Cost

Net Price
$6,834/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,253/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
73%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
27:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
82%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.153 responses
45%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.152 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.152 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
14
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
7
Online Associates Programs
7
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    16%
  • On Campus
    70%
  • Online
    14%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,173Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
25,193
Undergrads Over 25
31%
Pell Grant
49%
Varsity Athletes
7%
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$32,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
29%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
74%
National
83%

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Amazing Professors, helpful staff, clean campus!

The best part about this school is the professors! Every single professor I've had has been caring and extremely knowledgeable in their area of expertise. Even thought the teacher student ratio may be high in the general ed classes, the professors always make time during office hours and outside office hours to answer ant questions in the class.
The staff at the school is also extremely helpful, weather it's regarding selecting classes, transfer questions or just next step questions, they are always there with answers and advice!
The campus is also very nice. It's always clean and kept up. Right now there is construction in the middle of the school. (the are expanding the science center I think) Walking from one class to another may take a little extra time however it's still a nice walk.
Overall I think this is a good choice for a community college. This school meets all the requirements someone should have for a community college
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My online experience was excellent! I took this semester 4 online classes, and because of Covid-19 my on campus writing class also switched to online. Canvas system is very understandable and convenient in usage platform which I really appreciate and respect! Thank you for my ESLW teacher Deana Lewis for her extreme help and desire to help all her students during this hard time. She did a lot of videos, discussion boards, quizzes and timed writing for us. She tried to explain all things as much as possible and was really patient toward her students. My other online classes also were exceptionally useful, and studying programs were made to help students wide their horizon and see our life from different side of the point!
Thank you for this great online experience! For next semester I will enroll only to online classes because I like its system and huge economy of time!
I just finished my fourth semester at ARC, and I'm glad that I'm studying here and will continue my education at this college. Most professors are truly friendly and helpful! They are professional at their field of teaching and always try to help to reach your goal and improve your knowledge. Teachers that I had explain the material well and understandable, and are willing to repeat and answer again and again on similar student's questions. Thank you all their staff for their valuable work!