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Learn about Sierra College. Read about its admission info, financial aid and associate's degree and certificate programs to make an informed education decision.

About Sierra College

Sierra College is a public school offering associate's degree programs as well as certificate programs that can take between less than a year and two years to earn. The school has four campuses located in Rocklin, Roseville, Truckee, and Grass Valley, California. The main campus in Rocklin spans 311 acres off Interstate 80, about 30 minutes from Sacramento.

Within Northern California, Sierra College has been ranked first in transfers of students to the University of California or California State University. Sierra College not only won the inaugural NATYCAA Cup for national athletic excellence in 2003-2004, but is also the only community college in the country to rank among the top four schools every year since.


Sierra College has 54 departments and offers around 161 degrees and certificates. Some of the more popular certificate programs in 2011 were those in childcare, industrial electronics, and accounting technology and bookkeeping. Graduates of popular associate's degrees earned awards in biology/biological sciences, business administration and management, and liberal arts and sciences/liberal studies.

The college reported a total enrollment of 18,831 students for Fall 2011, 844 of which were transfer students. The average class size is 25 students. Online courses are available. The curriculum at the college is designed to be compatible with transfers to 4-year universities; transfers are guaranteed with a number of California schools, including state and private colleges and universities.


Sierra College maintains an open admission policy, with all applications submitted through, a state-wide system for California community colleges. Future communications in regards to the admissions process go through CCCApply once an account has been established. Applications must be received by the first week in August for the fall semester and the first week in January for the spring semester.

Before students are allowed to register for classes, they must turn in applicable transcripts, complete an online orientation, take assessment and placement tests, and meet with counselor. Sierra College offers limited availability to high school students wanting to take college-level classes. Other courses offered through the college include not-for-credit community education, lifelong learning, and student skills courses.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition costs differ for in-state versus out-of-state students. For the 2011-2012 school year, California residents living on campus paid, on average, about $12,494, while residents living off campus paid approximately $19,626. Out-of-state students living on campus averaged costs of $16,950 and out-of-state students living off campus paid about $24,082. Estimates include tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board.

A number of scholarships are offered to new Sierra College students, ranging from $150 to $1,500. Scholarships are also available for returning, transferring, and multiple category students. One application may be submitted for all applicable awards through mySierra, the student account program. For the students first enrolling in the fall of 2010, 51% received some form of financial aid.

School Type Public, 2-year*
Degrees Offered Associate's degree, Less than 1-year certificate, Less than 2-year certificate*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters: fall, spring, summer**
School Setting Rural*
Student Body 18,831 students, all undergraduate*
Student Housing Limited on-campus housing available in two residency buildings, all double occupancy rooms**
Divisions and Programs 4 Divisions, about 161 degree and certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 27 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (466)
Less than 2-years certificate: Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician (16)
Less than 1-year certificate: Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician (47)*
Graduation Rates 27% within 4 years for students admitted Fall 2008*
Admission Rate Nearly 100%, open admission policy*
Entering Class Size Approximately 1,890 for Fall 2010 class*
First-Year Retention Rates From Fall 2010 to Fall 2011, 72% for full-time students, 47% for part-time students*
SAT/ACT Score of Admitted Students Not applicable, open admission policy*
Application Due Date Aug 5 for fall semester, Jan 5 for spring semester**
Tuition (2011-2012) $908 per year for in-state, $5,364 for out-of-state students for tuition only*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of New Students Receiving it) In 2010: Federal grants (31%), state and local grants (48%), federal loans (6%)
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid Grants or Scholarships: 47%; federal loans: 6%

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics; **Sierra College

School Contact Information

  • Address: 5000 Rocklin Rd. Rocklin, CA 95677
  • Phone: Admissions (916) 660-7340
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