American River College (ARC) is a California community college located in the unincorporated community of Foothill Farms, California in northern Sacramento County, California.

The college was opened in 1955 as American River Junior College, on the site of the old Grant Technical College. It moved to its current location in 1958, occupying eight newly built office complexes and the original Cameron ranch house. In 1965 the college became a part of the Los Rios Community College District and became American River College. Today, along with Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College and Sacramento City College, ARC is directed by a seven-member board of trustees elected by voters residing in the district.

The climactic police showdown of the 1986 Emilio Estevez and Demi Moore film Wisdom was filmed on the American River campus, including in and around Beaver Stadium.

During the period of 2004–2013, the college opened a variety of new facilities, including buildings for Health Education, Theater & Music, Kinesiology, and Life Science and Fine Arts. In addition, the college also expanded its bookstore and library and opened a new Student Center and parking garage.

In 2008 the student government supported California Proposition 8 which sought to restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples. In 2010 the Board of Trustees lost a lawsuit against the student government.

The college occupies a 155-acre (63 ha) site on the old Cameron Ranch in northern Sacramento County.

Organization and administration
The college is part of the California Community Colleges System.

Academic profile
Current enrollment is 35,000 full-time and part-time students, making it one of the largest community colleges in California. ARC has published its own literary journal since 1984, the American River Review, which has won numerous national awards and recognitions, including the National Pacemaker Award from the Associated Collegiate Press and Gold Crowns from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

It is the choice of many students in the greater Sacramento area, serving as a launching point for later transfer to competitive four-year universities such as the University of California, Davis and California State University, Sacramento. It transfers more students to UC Davis and CSU Sacramento than any other community college. Nontransfer students may enroll for certification in technical/vocational programs, continuing education credit, or personal enrichment. The college also offers three different types of online learning: online, hybrid, and web-enhanced.

Student life
The campus has its own newspaper, the American River Current, and its own English as a Second Language newsletter, The Parrot.

The college athletics teams are nicknamed the Beavers.

Notable people

  • Lloyd Connelly – California Superior Court judge and former California State Assembly member
  • Ward Connerly – Former UC Regent and political activist
  • Wally Herger – Member, United States House of Representatives (California, 2nd Congressional District)
  • Ewa Klamt – German politician and Member of the European Parliament for Lower Saxony
  • Adrian Lamo – Former grey-hat computer hacker, key figure in WikiLeaks case, journalist
  • Joan Lunden – TV host/personality
  • Brian Posehn – Comedian, co-star of The Sarah Silverman Program
  • Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox – Creators of Smosh.
  • Anthony Swofford – Author of Jarhead
  • Richard Trenton Chase – Serial killer
  • Alan Bagh – Actor, known primarily for starring as Rod in Birdemic: Shock and Terror
  • Matt Reaves – Actor, known primarily for starring as Joe in The Crusader (2007 film)

Notable sportspeople

  • Steve Andrade – pitcher for the Durham Bulls, an AAA Tampa Bay Devil Rays affiliate
  • Dusty Baker – former Major League Baseball player and former manager of the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals
  • Dallas Braden – former left-handed pitcher for the Oakland Athletics
  • Jarrett Bush – defensive back for the Green Bay Packers
  • Tony Eason – eight-year NFL quarterback for the New England Patriots and New York Jets. Started in Super Bowl XX
  • Robert Hight – National Hot Rod Association Funny Car champion (2009). Father-in-law is 15-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force.
  • Steve Holm – catcher for the San Francisco Giants
  • Mike Lincoln – pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds
  • Don Lofgran – four-year forward for 4 different NBA teams
  • Jim Loscutoff – nine-year forward for the Boston Celtics, where he played on 7 championship teams
  • Debbie Meyer – three-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer at the 1968 Summer Olympics
  • Bob Oliver – former Major League Baseball player
  • Manny Parra – pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds
  • John Vukovich – former Major League Baseball player and former manager of the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies
  • Gerald Willhite – seven-year NFL running back for the Denver Broncos
Type Community college
Established 1955
Students 42,141 (2013-2014)
Location Sacramento, California, United States
Colors Red, Blue, White
Affiliations Los Rios Community College District
Mascot Beavers
Phone Number +1 916-484-8011
Website www.arc.losrios.edu