Sierra Nevada University
Sierra Nevada University opened its doors to 23 students in the fall of 1969. Among the goals of SNU’s founders was the incorporation of the unique environmental qualities and characteristics of the Lake Tahoe region into its academic programs. Decades later, fidelity to this goal is still reflected in the SNU academic mission and core curriculum, which altogether emphasize the importance of environmental, social, economic, and educational sustainability.
At SNU Tahoe, professors employ a “learn by doing” approach to education. All courses are enhanced by close relationships with their professors who themselves have years of real-life experiences in the disciplines that they teach. SNU’s entire educational program focuses on helping each student learn to be both an effective leader in the endeavors they choose to pursue as well as an entrepreneurial force along a lifetime of creative contributions. Every undergraduate student is exposed to the best that the university offers in its three areas of educational excellence:
CREATIVITY: Studio Art, Creative Writing, & Communications
LEADERSHIP: Enterprise Creation and Management
SUSTAINABILITY: the Environmental, Social, & Life Sciences
Sierra Nevada University (SNU) is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and licensed by the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education.
Get to know Sierra Nevada University
Sierra Nevada University 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 are already well acquainted to their SNU 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
SNU 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 University] 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 [SNU] 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 – MENTORSHIP IN EVERY DISCIPLINE
Undergraduate research isn’t limited to one major at Sierra Nevada University. From Psychology to English, students work with their faculty and apply their coursework to projects that can have a real impact on the world. Whether they create music festivals to support local non-for-profit organizations or research the environmental impact of ski resorts on local animal life, students are always making a difference in their local and academic communities.
JOB GUARANTEE PROGRAM
For incoming freshman students, four years at SNU will include new educational experiences designed to make them better prepared for their first job after graduation. These include valuable mentoring relationships with local community members who have been successful in their careers and want to share their experiences with students. In addition, each student will devote a full semester in their junior year to working in an organization that is operating in their field of interest.
“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
National forests, the Sierra Mountains, and the shores of Lake Tahoe are right around the corner of SNU, giving students more than enough to explore throughout their undergraduate career. Sierra Nevada University utilizes its surroundings with many unique outdoor adventure trips for both first-timers and long-time outdoors aficionados.
FUN AND FRIENDLY COMPETITION
The culture of competition and performance at Sierra Nevada University 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 initiatives 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 excursions to Yosemite for the annual spring waterfall trip.
Sierra Nevada University’s main campus is located in Incline Village, Nevada, about one mile from the shore of Lake Tahoe at an elevation of 6,700 feet above sea level. The Teacher Education Program also offers classes at campuses in Las Vegas and Reno.
READY FOR ANYTHING
Sierra Nevada University graduates enter the workforce prepared with a foundation of the skills that are naturally provided through truly interdisciplinary education. 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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