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Sierra College is a two year community college located in the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range of northern California, two hours drive from San Francisco. Our main campus is located in Rocklin, just minutes from Sacramento the state capital of California.
Sierra College is ranked in the top 25 colleges in the United States in terms of associate degrees awarded and offers over 70 associate degree programs, including business, computer science, engineering, communication studies, marketing, management, nursing and many more.
With an enrollment of nearly 20,000 students the college has a national reputation for excellence in a variety of different academic disciplines. Sierra College values student learning and high quality teaching in a safe, friendly environment and can provide the first two years of an American bachelor degree at a very affordable price.
Our tuition fees are less than half those of a four year university. After completing two years at Sierra College, Sierra’s transfer program is available to help students make a seamless transition to a four-year institution and even offers guaranteed transfer agreements to a number of institutions. Students then only have to complete the final two years at these institutions.
Sierra students choose to transfer to a variety of universities, such as UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, UC San Diego, and California State Universities. Sierra College ranks first in northern California in transfers to the California State University system. Students can also transfer to private or out-of-state universities.
Studies have shown that California Community College transfer students do as well, if not better, than students who begin at a four-year university when it comes to grades and graduation rates.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
Sierra College offers a multi-level ESL program, which is offered with August and January start dates. Our program is designed for beginners as well as students who wish to improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Enrollment in our ESL program provides a fine opportunity for students to be admitted to Sierra College with TOEFL scores of less than 450 (paper), 45 (iBT) or 133 (CBT). Upon arrival students will take assessment tests to determine placement in appropriate courses, length of study reports or assessment results.
International Student Office
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. A range of support services are available to assist students in being successful. The college 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.
The International Students Office at Sierra College will assist students with their housing needs. Our housing coordinator can help you find housing in these 3 areas:
Option 1: Sierra College Residence Hall: Sierra College is one of the few community colleges in California to have residence halls on campus.
Option 2: Sierra College Homestay Program
Option 3: Off Campus Apartments/Rentals
Please see our website for more details about these options.
Within a 30-mile radius of the college campus there are many recreational opportunities with nearby golf courses, rivers and lakes. In one hour by car, you can be in the beautiful and famous Lake Tahoe region that offers skiing, hiking, horseback riding and boating. The unique location of the college means you are also only a two hour drive from sightseeing in San Francisco, or visiting Napa Valley, or the northern California coast.
Sierra College Advantages
- Transfer opportunities to other colleges and universities both in California and other states
- Beautiful campus location in a safe, family environment in northern California
- Quality education at an affordable price – less than half the price of a university
- Community college transfer student
- On-campus housing (dormitories)
- Homestay program and off-campus housing assistance
- Extensive counseling: academic, personal, career & transfer
- Intercollegiate sports program
- Free tutoring
- Smaller classes
- Over 50 student clubs to join
Applying for Admission
It is easy to apply for admission to Sierra College. Simply contact our International Student Office by email, fax, phone, or air mail. We will provide individualized attention to help students through the steps necessary to become a Sierra College student.
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International Student Office - Sierra College
5000 Rocklin Road
Rocklin CA 95677