Sierra Nevada College
Sierra Nevada College supports and challenges students to be engaged in their community as they pursue academic goals and future careers. SNC’s curriculum focuses on four core themes: Entrepreneurial Thinking, Professional Preparedness, Liberal Arts, and Sustainability. Its professors use active learning techniques to foster a culture of competition and guide students to think on their feet, communicate persuasively, and acquire the skills necessary to thrive in the real world.
Get to know Sierra Nevada College
Sierra Nevada College is unique in that students are able to meet with their Academic Advisors before even attending orientation, preparing their course schedule early on in their college career. By the time they begin their new-student orientation in August, they have already begun their SNC experience.
Freshmen are welcomed to campus with a wilderness backpacking trip and exploration around the Lake Tahoe area. They bond with one another as they are introduced to the beauty of their new campus surroundings.
Common first-year experiences continue academically as well. Every student is assigned a book for the Common Read, which is discussed in all introductory English classes.
ARTS AND WRITING
SNC students are creative, and they are creating every day in any way they can. Students fund their own theatre productions, write and present at the National Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference, and so much more.
“[My first climbing trip with Sierra Nevada College] also showed me the importance of preparation and safety checks. That is one reason it’s so exciting to have the opportunity to work in the field with Sierra Avalanche Center. I will travel as a secondary to the forecasters, to give them higher safety margins and a longer reach. I will also be gathering content for a marketing program to engage, educate, and involve 18-25 year olds in the Sierra Avalanche Center program.” – Isaac Laredo ‘18, Interdisciplinary Studies in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Environmental Science
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 0%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 3%
White, non-Hispanic: 77%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 3%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 2%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 0%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 8%
“The professors at SNC have really shown me how much I can accomplish. Through their support, I have become a better student than I ever thought I could be.” – Deidre Wolff ‘18, Biology
RESEARCH IN EVERY FIELD
Undergraduate research isn’t limited to one major at Sierra Nevada College. From Psychology to English, 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.
National forests, the Sierra Mountains, and the shores of Lake Tahoe are right around the corner of SNC, giving students more than enough to explore throughout their undergraduate career. Sierra Nevada College utilizes its surroundings with many unique outdoor adventure trips for both first-timers and long-time outdoors aficionados.
“I feel like business is one of the most well-rounded careers. Whatever you do, everything fundamentally relates back to business. I chose to major in Ski Business and Resort Management because how could someone who lives and breathes skiing not be interested in a career in the ski industry? I also chose a second major in Marketing because I love analytics and being able to track and see what drives a consumer/customer.” – Connor Clayton ’18, Marketing , Ski Business, and Resort Management, FreeSki Team
FUN AND FRIENDLY COMPETITION
The culture of competition and performance at Sierra Nevada College goes far beyond the classroom. Students across the disciplines actively participate in both official and unofficial competitions and performances, including open mic nights and rail jams in the backcountry. They compete in school-wide business-plan and innovation nights that have resulted in such programs as the Compost and Waste-Reduction Awareness program.
Through the robust student activity program, students can engage in paddleboard/beach clean-up days, trips to San Francisco for the “Poetry Crawl,” and and excursions to Yosemite for the annual spring waterfall trip.
READY FOR ANYTHING
Sierra Nevada College graduates enter the workforce prepared with a foundation of the skills that are inherently taught through the liberal arts. They are able to communicate effectively, think creatively and critically, and solve problems with a keen sense of awareness. Importantly, they have the ability to utilize entrepreneurial thinking by recognizing opportunities, innovating, and implementing and assessing their work.
Students are 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 their behaviors in response to constructive feedback.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 460 | 75th Percentile: 560
25th Percentile: 450 | 75th Percentile: 580
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 24
25th Percentile: 17 | 75th Percentile: 24
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 23
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $12,764
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