Sierra College

5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin, CA

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Sierra College is a two-year community college located near the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Rocklin is roughly 100 miles northeast of San Francisco, California. Sierra College's main campus in Rocklin, California, is situated on 300 acres. The Sierra Community College District serves a range of communities that cover more than 3,000 square miles, including Placer and Nevada counties. It also serves parts of Sacramento and El Dorado counties.

Sierra College provides general education for students who wish to complete associate's degrees, and transfer programs for those who aim to transfer to four-year universities to complete a bachelor's degree.

Sierra College also provides excellent career and technical training programs. Sierra College offers more than 65 associate degrees, more than 50 Certificates of Achievement, and more than 25 professional Skills Certificates. Many courses are available that prepare students for employment in industries that are located in the Sierra College District. Pre-collegiate courses are also offered to prepare new students for college-level work. Online training courses are available to community members.

The faculty members include approximately 900 full and part-time instructors who are experts in their fields. Instruction at Sierra College receives excellent reviews, and the school ranks number one in Northern California for its successful student transfers to the California State University and University of California systems.

The range of courses and curricula offered at Sierra College are designed to prepare students for life in a changing world. Classes are offered that expose students to cultural differences, leadership skills, health and fitness, the environment, natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, humanities, communications and critical thinking, among others. The TRIO Program at Sierra College offers support to first generation students who do not have a parent who earned a bachelor's degree.


Sierra College was founded in 1936. For more than 50 years, Sierra College has enjoyed solid leadership, with only five individuals holding the post of president to date.


The academic calendar for Sierra College follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. The summer semesters are divided into three shorter sessions.

Colleges and Schools

The academic units at Sierra College are divided into divisions and programs. The academic divisions are:

  • Business & Technology
  • Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics
  • Liberal Arts
  • Sciences & Mathematics
  • Non-credit Programs
  • Community Education
  • Osher Lifeline Learning Institute
  • Sierra College Training & Development, Center for Applied Competitive Technologies 

The Programs of Special Interest at Sierra College are:

  • College Credit While in High School
  • Distance Learning
  • English as a Second Language
  • Fire Technology
  • International Students
  • Mechatronics
  • New Legacy Mentoring Program
  • Puente Program
  • Straight AAAs
  • Study Abroad
  • Supplemental Instruction
  • Virtual Office Professional
  • Women & Gender Studies

Student Life

Sierra College offers its students a wealth of support services to ensure success. Some of the student services include:

  • Academic Foundations Program
  • Academic Support Services
  • Bookstore - textbooks, hours, services
  • Cafeteria
  • Career Connections
  • Career Programs
  • Child Development Centers
  • Counseling
  • Disabled Students Programs & Services
  • Health Services Clinic
  • Housing on campus
  • International Students
  • Learning Center (formerly Tutor & Computer Centers)
  • Library / Learning Resources Center (LRC)
  • Sierra College Library web pages
  • A Mother's Place (for breastfeeding mothers)
  • Perceptual Training (for learning disabled students)
  • A Safe Space (for LGBT students)
  • Straight AAAs Program (for student athletes)
  • Supportive Education
  • Testing Center
  • Transfer Information
  • TRiO Program for first generation students
  • Workshops
  • Writing Center
  • Veterans Educational Services
  • Academic Foundations Program
  • CalWORKS
  • CARE (Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education) - support for single-parent students.
  • Computer labs
  • EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs and Services) - Educational and financial support services for low-income and educationally under-prepared students
  • ESL Lab
  • Learning Center (tutoring and open computer lab)
  • Testing Center

Student activities at Sierra College include campus clubs, student government, leadership development, educational and cultural activities, and an events calendar that is available to all.


The traditional school colors for Sierra College are red, black and white. The school mascot is the wolverine, and the athletic teams are nicknamed the Sierra "Wolverines."


The Sierra College "Wolverines" athletic teams have won many championships and compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cheer
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its main campus in Rocklin, California, Sierra College has three satellite locations:

  • Roseville Gateway Campus
  • Grass Valley, Nevada County Campus
  • Tahoe/Truckee Center

Community Life

Sierra College contributes to the education and development of the community by offering lifelong learning opportunities to community members. The college's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute has many programs available throughout the year. The Institute also fosters programs that improve and support the skills of the community workforce, in order to contribute to the economic growth of the region.

Living in Rocklin and the surrounding areas is very affordable. Students with families will enjoy the good schools and the pleasant climate, which allows for outdoor recreation. The scenic Lake Tahoe area is a one-hour drive away, and there are nearby trails for hiking, riding and skiing.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,400. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $1,100-$1,300
    • Out-of-State: $6,100-$7,373
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $46-$55 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $250-$300 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid61%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships60%$4,198
Receiving Student Loans4%$5,798

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Sierra College may provide services to students like those listed below:

  • Distance learning
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often offer both career training programs and options for students to transfer-out to four year institutions, which is why the table below is so important, it compares this school against community colleges in California.

 Sierra CollegePlacer CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate28.9%-24.3%
Transfer-out Rate12.8%-13.8%

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades


Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Library Science

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Precision Production


Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

Other Community Colleges Nearby

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Overall Rating: 4 / 5 Stars

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