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Students and professors at Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, Nev.
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Sierra Nevada College

Incline Village, Nevada

Sierra Nevada College faculty and staff believe that your education is a collaborative partnership between you, your teachers, and the College as a whole. Real learning comes when you are fully engaged in your own education – not passively sitting in a lecture hall taking notes for the next exam.

 

The College’s faculty and staff are dedicated to making learning relevant to each student and fully preparing students for the lifetime of opportunities and challenges that they will have after you graduate.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
507 undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
62% male — 38% female
75% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
43 full-time faculty
114 part-time faculty
9 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
80% of first year students live on campus
41% of all students live on campus

School Location

Sierra Nevada College is located three blocks from the shores of Lake Tahoe and 3 miles from the nearest ski resort. The Lake Tahoe area is a world-renowned vacation destination. Students at SNC balance applied learning with their passions. If they aren’t studying in the Prim Library, you might find them rock climbing at Trippy Rock, Mountain biking on the famous Flume Trail, or skiing at one of the 18 ski resorts within a one hour drive.

High-Impact Practices

Read more about the importance of High-Impact Practices 

First-Year Seminars and Experiences  
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

64% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 year graduation rate 2015

40% of students graduated in 6 years

ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2015

Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 3%
White 72%
American Indian or Alaska Native 3%
Asian 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 1%
Two or more races 0%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 10%

Athletics

USCSA Ski and Snowboard Teams. (7 of Varsity sports) Men’s and Women’s Alpine Skiing. Men’s and Women’s Freestyle Skiing, Men’s and Women’s Snowboard Teams, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse.   

Mascot: Eli the Eagle  
Colors: Blue and White

Academic Programs

Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Ceramics, Creative Writing BFA, Creative Writing MFA, Digital Arts, Digital Arts & Entrepreneurship or Management, Digital Arts & Journalism, English, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Policy, Environmental Science & Ecology, Finance and Economics, Global Business Management, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies Minors, International Studies, International Studies and Humanities, Management Studies, Marketing, Music Minor, New Genres, New Media Journalism, Outdoor Adventure Leadership, Photography, Photojournalism, Psychology, Psychology & Art or Music, Ski Business and Resort Management, Sustainability, Three-Dimensional Practices, Two-Dimensional Practices, Undergraduate Dual Degree

Sierra Nevada College encourages a culture of competition and performance among students. Through experiences such as the Freshmen Symposium, Internships, Service Learning Projects, and Senior Projects, students are challenged to participate in their academic community, present their research, and defend their work to peers, faculty, experts in the field, and community members.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries  
Choral groups X
Concert band  
Dance  
Drama/theater  
International Student Organization X
Jazz band  
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles  
Musical theater  
Opera  
Pep band  
Radio station  
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  
Yearbook  

Sierra Nevada College requires undergraduate research in every discipline. This means that students work with their faculty and apply their coursework to projects that can have real impact on the world. Whether creating music festivals to support local non-for-profit organizations or researching the environmental impact of ski resorts on local animal life, students make a difference in their local and academic communities.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages  
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science  

 

Other: Entrepreneurship

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 124 75 24 12 0 1 0 236

The culture of competition and performance at Sierra Nevada College goes beyond requirements in the classroom. Students across the disciplines actively participate in both official and unofficial competitions and performances from open mic nights to rail jams in the backcountry. They compete in school wide business-plan and innovation nights that have resulted in programs like the new compost and waste-reduction awareness program. Through the robust student activity program, students can engage in paddleboard/beach clean-up days, they can travel to San Francisco for the poetry crawl and they can head down to Yosemite for the spring waterfall trip.

CAMPUS HOUSING OPTIONS FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students  
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

Students at Sierra Nevada College will enter the workforce prepared with a foundation of liberal arts skills.  They will be able to communicate, think creatively, think critically, and problem solve. Additionally, students will have the ability to utilize entrepreneurial thinking by recognizing opportunities, innovating, and implementing and assessing their work. Students will be prepared professionally, not only with knowledge learned in the classroom, but also with the abilities to give and accept criticism, to persevere after failure, and to adapt behaviors based on feedback.

 

ADMISSIONS

Admissions Fall 2015

554 Total Applicants
364 Total Admissions
90 Total Freshmen Enrollment

Selectivity
65.70% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Aug 15
Priority date: Feb 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Academic GPA

Important
Standardized test scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Level of applicant’s interest

Considered
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank Interview
Extracurricular activities
Talent/ability
Character/personal qualities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
State residency
Volunteer work
Work experience

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 430 560
SAT Math 440 540
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 18 27
ACT Math 13 25
ACT English 18 25
ACT Writing    

TUITION AND COSTS

Net price calculator

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TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2015-2016

Expenses  
Tuition $30,321
Fees $829
Total $31,150
   
Room and Board (on campus) $12,332
Estimated Total On Campus $43,482

FINANCIAL AID

Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016

$31,140 First year students
$20,705 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016

57% on average, the percentage of need that was met
23% of financial need students that had need fully met

$20,705 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,373 Average need-based loan

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