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The application and enrollment processes vary depending on what type of student you are. Learn about the specific steps you should take to get started on your educational journey today.

What Type of Student Are You?

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A First-Time College Student

It's easy to apply to any of the Los Rios colleges! Simply create an OpenCCC account and fill out the online application:

A few things to know:

  • You can save your application and come back to it at any time.
  • You will have a chance to review your application before you submit it.
  • You only need to submit one application to take classes at any college in the Los Rios district – don't spend unnecessary time submitting separate applications for each college.

After your application is processed, we will email you a student ID number and instructions for next steps.

Transferring from Another College

You are a transfer student if you have previously attended college outside of the Los Rios Community College District (American River College, Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, or Sacramento City College).

It's easy to apply to any of the Los Rios colleges – simply create an OpenCCC account and fill out the online application:

A few things to know:

  • You can save your application and come back to it at any time.
  • You will have a chance to review your application before you submit it.
  • You only need to submit one application to take classes at any college in the Los Rios district – don't spend unnecessary time submitting separate applications for each college.

After your application is processed, we will email you a student ID number and instructions for next steps.

Returning to a Los Rios College After a Break

You are considered a returning student if you previously attended a Los Rios college (American River College, Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, or Sacramento City College), but did not attend during the previous semester.

Re-Apply

Complete an application to be re-activated as a student.

Enroll in Classes

As a returning student, you are eligible for Priority 2 registration. Learn about enrollment dates.

A Continuing Los Rios Student

You are considered a continuing (or current) student if you were enrolled in classes at a Los Rios college during the most recent semester.

Keep Your Records Updated

As a continuing student, you need to submit a supplemental enrollment form every semester before you can enroll in classes. This form can be completed online through eServices. The form asks you to review and update your contact information, education goal, and major.

Enroll in Classes

As a continuing student, you are eligible for Priority 1 registration. Learn about enrollment dates.

A High School Student

If you are currently a high school student, then you may be eligible to take up to two college courses per semester as an advanced education student.

Advanced Education Admissions

A Veteran, Reservist, or Dependent of a Veteran

We assist veterans, reservists, and dependents of service-connected disabled or deceased veterans with their educational benefits. We have staff available to help you complete and file Veterans Affairs (VA) forms for federal and state education assistance programs.

For more information about education benefits offered by the VA through the GI Bill™, visit benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Veteran Admissions

An Undocumented Student

The term "undocumented immigrant" refers to a person residing in any given country without legal documentation. This may include people who:

  • Entered the US without inspection
  • Entered the US legally but overstayed
  • Have or previously had Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status
  • Are U Visa holders
  • Have Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
  • Are in the process of legalizing

Undocumented Student Admissions

An International Student

International students are defined as "non-immigrant" visitors who come to the United States temporarily to take classes. A non-immigrant is someone who:

  • Applies for a non-immigrant visa to be allowed entry into the US (without a valid green card)
  • Intends to stay in the US temporarily
  • Does not have US citizenship or legal permanent resident status (a valid green card)

International Student Admissions