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Sierra Nevada College

Tiny Sierra Nevada College, located about 30 miles from Reno, provides liberal arts education as well as a variety of fine arts and pre-professional programs. On clear nights, you can see for billions of miles in the school's excellent observatory, and the natural splendor of Nevada provides everything from hiking to skiing to para-sailing.

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Master's University, Open Admissions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Focus on Undergraduate Professions

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Tiny Sierra Nevada College, located about 30 miles from Reno, provides liberal arts education as well as a variety of fine arts and pre-professional programs. On clear nights, you can see for billions of miles in the school's excellent observatory, and the natural splendor of Nevada provides everything from hiking to skiing to para-sailing.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 529
Gender 57% Male / 43% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 90% Full Time / 10% Part Time
Geography 16% In State / 84% Out of State / 6% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 39% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 75%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
International 7%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Ethnicity Unknown 12%
Black or African American 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $200.00. Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.

52% of students live on-campus.

90% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered
  • Wellness Housing

Activities

Student Publications: Eagle's Eye

  • Dance
  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Choral Groups

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: remedial instruction study skills assistance tutoring writing center reduced course load
  • Computer Services: computer center, dorms, libraries, student center dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections computer repair service available on campus wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling health services personal counseling placement services for graduates veteran's counselor adult (re-entering) student services/programs
  • Facilities: entertainment technology lab, leed center for environmental sciences, fine arts studio, student-managed demonstration garden
  • Special Needs Services: partial services for students with learning disabilities wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): double major independent study internships teacher certification honors program dual enrollment of high school students english as a second language (esl) student-designed major
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Fine/Studio Arts (14%), Psychology (13%), Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies (12%), Resort Management (12%), Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies (11%), International Business/Trade/Commerce (9%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

Any instructional program in English language and literature not listed above.

Job Opportunities:

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that prepares individuals to generally function as creative artists in the visual and plastic media. Includes instruction in the traditional fine arts media (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, CAD/CAM) and/or modern media (ceramics, textiles, intermedia, photography, digital images), theory of art, color theory, composition and perspective, anatomy, the techniques and procedures for maintaining equipment and managing a studio, and art portfolio marketing.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.

Any single instructional program in liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities not listed above.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to practice the profession of accounting and to perform related business functions. Includes instruction in accounting principles and theory, financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, budget control, tax accounting, legal aspects of accounting, auditing, reporting procedures, statement analysis, planning and consulting, business information systems, accounting research methods, professional standards and ethics, and applications to specific for-profit, public, and non-profit organizations.

Job Opportunities:

Accountants and Auditors
Examine, analyze, and interpret accounting records to prepare financial statements, give advice, or audit and evaluate statements prepared by others. Install or advise on systems of recording costs or other financial and budgetary data.
Budget Analysts
Examine budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations. Analyze budgeting and accounting reports.
Credit Analysts
Analyze credit data and financial statements of individuals or firms to determine the degree of risk involved in extending credit or lending money. Prepare reports with credit information for use in decision making.
Financial Examiners
Enforce or ensure compliance with laws and regulations governing financial and securities institutions and financial and real estate transactions. May examine, verify, or authenticate records.
Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents
Determine tax liability or collect taxes from individuals or business firms according to prescribed laws and regulations.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

Job Opportunities:

Chief Executives
Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.
General and Operations Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.
Sales Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer. Coordinate sales distribution by establishing sales territories, quotas, and goals and establish training programs for sales representatives. Analyze sales statistics gathered by staff to determine sales potential and inventory requirements and monitor the preferences of customers.
Administrative Services Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate one or more administrative services of an organization, such as records and information management, mail distribution, facilities planning and maintenance, custodial operations, and other office support services.
Industrial Production Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations. Includes logistics managers.
Construction Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.
Social and Community Service Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.
Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Cost Estimators
Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.
Management Analysts
Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that generally prepares individuals to perform development, marketing and management functions associated with owning and operating a business.

Job Opportunities:

Chief Executives
Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.
General and Operations Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.
Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Any instructional program in financial management and services not listed above.

Job Opportunities:

Financial Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate accounting, investing, banking, insurance, securities, and other financial activities of a branch, office, or department of an establishment.

A program that prepares individuals to manage international businesses and/or business operations. Includes instruction in the principles and processes of export sales, trade controls, foreign operations and related problems, monetary issues, international business policy, and applications to doing business in specific countries and markets.

Job Opportunities:

Chief Executives
Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.
General and Operations Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that prepares individuals to plan, manage, and market comprehensive vacation facilities and services and related products. Includes instruction in hospitality administration, hotel/motel management, restaurant and food services management, facilities planning, leisure studies, recreation administration, marketing, recreation equipment and grounds operations and maintenance, business finance, insurance and taxation, event management and guest services, personnel management, travel and logistics management, safety and health services, professional standards and ethics, and applications to specific vacation types and locations.

Job Opportunities:

Lodging Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that provides lodging and other accommodations.

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on global and international issues from the perspective of the social sciences, social services, and related fields.

Job Opportunities:

Political Scientists
Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decision-making, and ideology. May analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. May conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public documents.

A program that derives from two or more distinct programs and that is integrated around a unifying theme or topic that cannot be subsumed under a single discipline or occupational field.

Bachelor's

A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.

Job Opportunities:

Natural Sciences Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
Biological Scientists, All Other
All biological scientists not listed separately.
Life Scientists, All Other
All life scientists not listed separately.
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in biological sciences. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

A program that focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

Job Opportunities:

Computer and Information Systems Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.
Computer and Information Research Scientists
Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.
Information Security Analysts
Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.
Computer Programmers
Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.
Software Developers, Applications
Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.
Software Developers, Systems Software
Research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze software requirements. May design embedded systems software. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.
Web Developers
Design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content.
Computer Network Support Specialists
Analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.
Computer Occupations, All Other
All computer occupations not listed separately.
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in computer science. May specialize in a field of computer science, such as the design and function of computers or operations and research analysis. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that focuses on the application of biological, chemical, and physical principles to the study of the physical environment and the solution of environmental problems, including subjects such as abating or controlling environmental pollution and degradation; the interaction between human society and the natural environment; and natural resources management. Includes instruction in biology, chemistry, physics, geosciences, climatology, statistics, and mathematical modeling.

Job Opportunities:

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.
Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in environmental science. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Bachelor's

A general program that focuses on the scientific study of individual and collective behavior, the physical and environmental bases of behavior, and the analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders. Includes instruction in the principles of the various subfields of psychology, research methods, and psychological assessment and testing methods.

Job Opportunities:

Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
Diagnose and treat mental disorders; learning disabilities; and cognitive, behavioral, and emotional problems, using individual, child, family, and group therapies. May design and implement behavior modification programs.
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
Apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee testing and selection, training and development; and organizational development and analysis. May work with management to organize the work setting to improve worker productivity.
Psychologists, All Other
All psychologists not listed separately.
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in psychology, such as child, clinical, and developmental psychology, and psychological counseling. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Administration & Faculty

President Dr. Lynn Gillette
Accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Full-time Faculty 36
Student : Faculty Ratio 15 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 41 : 58
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

AP Test Credit Information

Test Name Minimum Score Equivalent Course (s) Credits
AP Art History 3.0 ARTH 301 or ARTH 302 3.0
AP Biology 3.0 BIOL 102/106 4.0
AP Biology 5.0 BIOL 101/105 and BIOL 102/106 8.0
AP Calculus AB 3.0 MATH 130 3.0
AP Calculus BC 3.0 MATH 130 and MATH 131 6.0
AP Chemistry 3.0 CHEM 101/105 4.0
AP Chemistry 5.0 CHEM 101/105 and 102/106 8.0
AP Comparative Government and Politics 3.0 History Elective 3.0
AP English Language and Composition 3.0 ENGL 101 or ENGL 102 3.0
AP English Literature and Composition 3.0 ENGL 101 or ENGL 102 3.0
AP Environmental Science 3.0 ENVS 200/206 4.0
AP European History 3.0 History Elective 3.0
AP European History 5.0 History Elective 6.0
AP French Language and Culture 3.0 Foreign Language 3.0
AP French Language and Culture 5.0 Foreign Language 6.0
AP German Language and Culture 3.0 Foreign Language 3.0
AP German Language and Culture 5.0 Foreign Language 6.0
AP Human Geography 3.0 International Studies Elective 3.0
AP Latin 3.0 Foreign Language 3.0
AP Latin 5.0 Foreign Language 6.0
AP Macroeconomics 3.0 ECON 102 3.0
AP Microeconomics 3.0 ECON 101 3.0
AP Psychology 3.0 PSYC 101 3.0
AP Spanish Language and Culture 3.0 Foreign Language 3.0
AP Spanish Language and Culture 5.0 Foreign Language 6.0
AP Statistics 3.0 MATH 251 4.0
AP United States Government and Politics 3.0 History Elective 3.0
AP United States History 3.0 HIST 201 3.0
AP World History 3.0 HIST 210 3.0
AP World History 5.0 N/A 6.0

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Selectivity Score: 22/100
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Selectivity
25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite19 - 25
 
SATMath440 - 550
Reading440 - 550
Writing420 - 540

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Character Personal Qualities, Level Of Applicants Interest, Academic GPA

Important: Application Essay, Recommendations, Standardized Test Scores, Talent Ability

Also Considered: Work Experience, Alumni Relation, Extracurricular Activities, First Generation College Student, Interview, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Volunteer Work

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
Science Lab 2 0
History 0 0
English 4 0
Math 3 0
Science 2 0
Social Studies 2 0
Foreign Language 0 2

Other Application Information: SAT or ACT

Admissions Websites

Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $29,512 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $20,408
$30K-$48K $24,922
$48K-$75K $28,182
$75K-$110K $28,439
$110K+ $34,959

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $27,753, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $27,753 Same as On-Campus
Fees $730 Same as On-Campus
Housing $11,772 $11,492
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total (before financial aid) $41,755 $41,475

Students Receiving Aid

90% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 69% $5,322
Federal Scholarships/Grants 39% $4,328
Institutional Grants 89% $13,315
Other Federal Grants 6% $750
Other Loans 4% $11,367
Pell Grants 39% $4,217
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 6% $2,040
Student Loans 69% $6,033

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.sierranevada.edu/financialaid.

Estimate the net price for you at http://npc.collegeboard.org/student/app/sierranevada.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

37% of students graduated on time.

55% of students graduated in six years.

74% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Rankings

Washington Monthly

#22 Master's Universities - Federal Work-Study Funds Spent on Service Rank
#95 Master's Universities - Peace Corps Rank
#310 Master's Universities - Service Staff, Courses, and Financial Aid Rank
#312 Master's Universities - Community Service Participation Rank
#346 Master's Universities - Research Expenditures Rank
#472 Master's Universities - ROTC Rank
#499 Master's Universities - Overall Rank
#569 Master's Universities - Bachelor's to PhD Rank
#582 Master's Universities - Graduation Rate Rank
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