Sierra College

Sierra College

Sierra College, a California community college, has its main campus located in Rocklin, California. The campus covers 300 acres and the college also has a campus in Grass Valley in the neighboring Nevada County, a campus center in Truckee, and a campus center in Roseville. Sierra College was officially established in 1936. Today the college offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs in various fields of study. These are taught by over 700 full and part-time faculty members.

Some of the notable alumni of the college are Elmo Daley, author of "Islands of My Inland Seas"; Hans Ostrom, writer and professor; Heather Rene Smith, Playboy playmate of the February 2007; and James LeVoy Sorenson, inventor and entrepreneur.

Sierra College's sports teams are nicknamed the Wolverines.

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Contacting Sierra College

Sierra College
5000 Rocklin Road
Rocklin , CA 95677-3397
General Phone: (916) 624-3333

Sierra College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,365women's studies, American Sign Language, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, library assistant, social services
Business and Management298business, business management, accounting, small business management, sales and marketing
Science282biology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Security and Law Enforcement134corrections, criminal justice and police, security and loss prevention, fire-fighting
Nursing and Emergency Medicine66EMT paramedic, registered nursing, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant
Computer Science and Engineering40information technology, computer programming, web design, computer networking, system administration, webmastering, computer support
Mechanics and Repair35electrical installation and repair, computer repair, industrial electronics tech, automobile mechanics
Art Studies23visual and performing arts, art studies
Family and Social Work22child development
Design21graphic design
Construction Trades20apparel and textile manufacture, apparel and textile marketing, construction, carpentry
Office and Administration20data entry, administrative assistant
Production Trades18welding, cabinetmaking
Engineering Technician14laser/optical tech, hazardous materials tech, manufacturing tech, drafting, architectural drafting, mechanical drafting
Media13digital communications
Landscaping and Horticulture11applied horticulture
Photography and Commercial Art10commercial photography
Real Estate and Construction Management8real estate
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy8parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, sports and fitness management
Religion and Philosophy5philosophy
Therapy and Counseling4psychology
Animal Science and Care0animal husbandry, equestrian studies
Conservation and Resource Management0forestry
Agricultural Science and Management0agriculture
Drama and Performing Arts0drama

Number of programs and degrees for Sierra College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree2,29163
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years045
Award of less than 1 academic year10524
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years3810

Sierra College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Sierra College had a total enrollment of 18,859 students (12,152 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 70%
Black 2%
Hispanic 9%
Asian 6%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 11%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 5%
18-19 27%
20-21 18%
22-24 13%
25-29 10%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 8%
50-64 6%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown5%

Sierra College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 67 %
Part-Time 44 %

Sierra College Room and Board (2007)

Sierra College offers campus housing for 144 of its 12,152 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Rocklin, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Sierra College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 520
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 4,864
Room and board $ 6,700
Books and supplies $ 1,332
Other expenses $ 2,232

Financial Aid:
Sierra College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 129000)

Sierra College Faculty

Sierra College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year86$76,906132$76,035
All faculty totalacademic year86$76,906132$76,035

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Sierra College Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agriculture, General

Animal Science And Care
Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production
Equestrian/Equine Studies

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Information Technology
System Administration/Administrator
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Conservation And Resource Management
Forestry, General

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textile Manufacture
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management
Construction Trades, General

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician
Laser and Optical Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD

Family And Social Work
Child Development

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General

Liberal Arts
American Sign Language (ASL)
English Language and Literature, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Assistant/Technician
Social Sciences, General
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician

Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial Photography

Production Trades
Cabinetmaking and Millwork/Millwright
Welding Technology/Welder

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Fire Science/Fire-fighting
Security and Loss Prevention Services

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Sierra College Highlights

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What Sets Sierra College Apart:

Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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% of degrees in liberal arts
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Number of degree programs
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Salaries of full-time faculty
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Top 11%Sierra College Salaries of full-time faculty
% of degrees in science
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Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 13%Sierra College Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
% students 40 years or older
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Top 14%Sierra College % students 40 years or older
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 16%Sierra College Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in security and law enforcement
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 20%Sierra College % of degrees in security and law enforcement

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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