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Sierra College (International Student Information)



Sierra College is located in the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern California. The college was established in 1936, and the spacious 300-acre tree-lined campus in Rocklin, California, is a short distance from Sacramento, the state capital Close to the college are a wide range of recreational opportunities such as golfing, skiing, shopping and sightseeing opportunities. The college is less than two hours drive from the famous Lake Tahoe region. Its unique location also means that the college campus is only two hours drive from San Francisco.

Degree Opportunities

With an enrollment of approximately 20,000 students, Sierra College has a national reputation of excellence and offers more than 70 associate degree programs, including business, communication studies, computer science, engineering, marketing, and many more. At Sierra College you have the opportunity to do preparation that allows you to transfer into any major at a 4 year university. Students who want to transfer into pre-law, pre-med, or teaching can finish the first half of a bachelor's degree at Sierra College.


Sierra College prepares many graduates to transfer to top quality universities to complete their final two years of undergraduate work. The affordable tuition fees at Sierra are about half of the cost of a California state university. The college provides international students with individualized services to help students transition from Sierra College to the four-year college or university of their choice. UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, UC San Diego, and California State University Sacramento are some of the many colleges chosen by Sierra's transfer students. Two years at Sierra and two years at another California university can equal a bachelor's degree.

English as a Second Language

Sierra College offers a multi-level (beginning through advanced) ESL program throughout the year, which has start dates in August and January. The program is designed for students who wish to improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Enrollment in the ESL program provides the opportunity for students to be admitted to Sierra without a TOEFL score or with a TOEFL score of less than 45 iBT or 133 CBT.

Student Support Services

A range of support services are available to assist students in being successful. International students on arrival at the college are each assigned their own personal academic counselor who is focused on helping them reach their educational goal. The college also operates a tutor center and a writing center and provides free one on one tutoring. Sierra College has an extensive learning resource center with study rooms, computer labs and a drop-in math center. An excellent faculty, smaller classes, and lower tuition fees are great advantages for international students.

Sierra students may participate in an active student government and many campus clubs, intercollegiate athletics, and intramural sports. Sports facilities include a pool, a gymnasium, a fitness/cardio room, and fields for soccer and football. There is also a theater, an art gallery, and a science museum.


Sierra College is located in a safe family environment and offers three housing options: on-campus, homestay, and rentals.

Sierra is one of the few community colleges in California to have residence halls on campus. The rate includes a weekly food allowance and all utilities.

For students wishing to live with an American family, they may apply for the homestay program. Students and families will decide on one of two rates; the rate depends on if food is included or not.

The International Students Office has information on a variety of rentals: apartments, rooms for rent, people looking for roommates, etc. Students may stop by the office or e-mail to find out about the listings.

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Certificates And Associate
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciencesagriculture; Animal/Livestock Husbandry And Production; Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations; Equestrian Studiesarea, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studieswomen&Apos;S Studiesbiological And Biomedical Sciencesbiology/Biological Sciencesbusiness, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Servicesaccounting; Administrative Assistant And Secretarial Science; Business Administration And Management; Business/Commerce; Real Estate; Sales, Distribution, And Marketing Operations; Small Business Administrationcommunication, Journalism, And Related Programsdigital Communication And Media/Multimediacomputer And Information Sciences And Support Servicescomputer And Information Sciences And Support Services Related; Computer Programming; Computer Systems Networking And Telecommunications; Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications; Information Technology; Network And System Administration; Web Page, Digital/Multimedia And Information Resources Designconstruction Tradesconstruction Tradesengineeringengineeringengineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fieldsarchitectural Drafting And CAD/CADD; Hazardous Materials Management And Waste Technology; Manufacturing Engineering Technology; Mechanical Drafting And CAD/Caddenglish Language And Literature/Lettersenglish; Rhetoric And Compositionfamily And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciencesapparel And Textile Manufacturing; Apparel And Textile Marketing Management; Child Developmentforeign Languages, Literatures, And Linguisticsamerican Sign Language (ASL)Health Professions And Related Programslicensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training; Registered Nursing/Registered Nursehomeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Servicescorrections; Criminal Justice/Police Science; Fire Science/Firefightingliberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanitiesgeneral Studies; Liberal Arts And Sciences/Liberal Studiesmathematics And Statisticsmathematicsmechanic And Repair Technologies/Techniciansautomobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology; Computer Installation And Repair Technology; Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation And Repair; Industrial Electronics Technologymulti/Interdisciplinary Studiesbiological And Physical Sciencesnatural Resources And Conservationforestryparks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studieshealth And Physical Education/Fitness; Parks, Recreation And Leisurephilosophy And Religious Studiesphilosophyphysical Scienceschemistry; Geology/Earth Science; Physicsprecision Productioncabinetmaking And Millworkpsychologypsychologysocial Sciencessocial Sciencesvisual And Performing Artsart; Commercial Photography; Graphic Design; Music; Visual And Performing Arts


Admission: 24,000 applied; 24,000 admitted; 2,112 enrolled

Options: electronic application, early admission
Application deadline: rolling (freshmen)
Notification: continuous (freshmen), continuous (transfers)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

Undergraduate Student Population
19,416 Undergraduate Students, 57% Women, 43% Men, 4% Transferred In
Housing Info
1% Live On Campus

Campus Life

Coed, Campus Housing Is University Owned
Drama/Theater Group, Student-Run Newspaper, Choral Group, Drama Club, Student Government, Art Club, Band, Aggie Club
Most popular organizations
Drama Club, Student Government, Art Club, Band, Aggie Club
Campus security
24-Hour Emergency Response Devices And Patrols, Late-Night Transport/Escort Service
Student services
Health Clinic, Personal/Psychological Counseling
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Academic Remediation For Entering Students, Accelerated Degree Program, Advanced Placement Credit, Distance Learning, Double Majors, English As A Second Language, Honors Programs, Independent Study, Internships, Off-Campus Study, Part-Time Degree Program, Services For LD Students, Study Abroad, Summer Session For Creditschool Calendar: Semesters


Nonscholarship sports
Nonscholarship Sports:Baseball (M), Basketball, Football (M), Golf, Soccer (W), Softball (W), Swimming And Diving, Tennis, Volleyball (W), Water Polo, Wrestling (M)


Total: 870Full-Time: 18% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 25 :1

Financial Aid

Costs (2013&-14)



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