Sierra Nevada College

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999 Tahoe Boulevard

Incline Village, NV 89451

Phone: (775) 831-1314
2013-2014 Tuition
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Regional Universities (West)

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Sierra Nevada College is a private institution that was founded in 1969. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 536, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 18 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Sierra Nevada College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $28,483 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Sierra Nevada College is a small, private, four-year liberal arts college. Founded in 1969, it is located in a pristine setting on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, in an area renowned for its national forests, world-famous mountain range, and alpine lake. This provides a unique environment for learning.

At SNC, students are active and engaged learners. Students benefit from intimate classroom settings and a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio that means that they have the opportunity to know and work with faculty members both inside and outside of the classroom. The College offers over 37 major and concentrations in 5 departments. Each academic program affords unique hands-on learning opportunities such as internships, scientific field work, business plan competitions, service learning, and student research under faculty mentorship.

Popular majors include Ski Business and Resort Management, Entrepreneurship, Psychology, and Interdisciplinary Studies. The latter provides the ability to combine two or more disciplines. The College's unique program in Outdoor Adventure Leadership provides outdoor learning opportunities and a rigorous leadership development program that is paired with one of six selected disciplines. It is leadership preparation that is transferable to any area of life post-college.

SNC is one of the only colleges in the U.S. that offers a Bachelor's Degree specific to the snow sports industry, through its Ski Business and Resort Management Program. The program provides a solid grounding in a traditional business curriculum coupled with courses and specialized internships specific to the industry. Graduates of the program are regarded as top recruits within this $3.5 billion industry sector.

The Science and Technology Department is highly acclaimed for its focus on Environmental Science and Ecology, Environmental Policy, and Biology. With close proximity to numerous outdoor testing areas and different ecosystems, students are able to take advantage of ready access to the living lab that is Lake Tahoe and the nearby mountains, providing significant opportunities for student research with faculty support.

The Fine Arts Department offers a studio setting and academic tone rarely seen in other programs and at other institutions. Class size rarely exceeds 15 students and students enjoy 24/7 access to the art studios, allowing them to capture creative inspiration at anytime. Students are often found working alongside their professors, who are practicing artists in their own right. The capstone project for candidates for the B.F.A. degree is the senior solo show, held in the College's own art gallery. The experience allows each student to take responsibility for all aspects of a show, including curating his/her work, hanging the show, organizing the artist's reception and formally presenting to visitors from the college and the community on opening night.

Students are encouraged to participate in a number of student activities on campus and in the surrounding Sierra Nevada. The College has an unparalleled Outdoor Adventure Program, which allows each student access to numerous outdoor activities, ranging from surf trips to Mexico, backpacking in Yosemite, kayaking on the American River, and going on bike tours of San Francisco.

Other on campus activities include everything from the annual Poetry Slam, an award-winning student newspaper, a literary magazine that publishes work garnered through national submissions, intramural sports, and some 13 student clubs and an active Student Government Association that organizes such student favorites and the Winter Formal, the Charity Poker Tournament, and Bohemia Night, a much anticipated display of talent. To cap it all off, there are the College's Ski and Snowboard Teams, U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association 2012 Champions and holders of 22 prior championship titles.

At Sierra Nevada College, learning is not a spectator sport.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1969
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Sierra Nevada College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 19. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 69.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 69.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 19

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Sierra Nevada College is 11:1, and the school has 82.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Sierra Nevada College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other; Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Visual and Performing Arts, General; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 65.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 34%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 52%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 10%
Visual and Performing Arts, General 8%
Psychology, General 7%

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Student Life

Sierra Nevada College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 536, with a gender distribution of 58.6 percent male students and 41.4 percent female students. At this school, 52 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 48 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 925
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
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Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

Sierra Nevada College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and health insurance. Sierra Nevada College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Sierra Nevada College, 60 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Sierra Nevada College.

Students who have cars on campus 60%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Sierra Nevada College, 64.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,169.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $28,483 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,772 (2013-14)
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