Sierra College

5000 Rocklin Road
Rocklin, CA 95677-3397
Tel: (916)624-3333
  • Sierra College provides a supportive learning environment to students with diverse goals, abilities, and needs. The College's programs and services promote personal and professional success, leadership, critical thinking, civic responsibility, and innovation. Its students will become contributing citizens of the complex and changing communities in which they live and work.
School Highlights
  • Sierra College serves 18,565 students (37% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 44:1 is same as the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 38% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 68%.
  • Sierra College is the only community colleges within Placer County, CA.
  • The nearest community college is Carrington College-Citrus Heights (8.70 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 421 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Sierra College(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty421 staff92 staff
Sierra College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 18,565 has declined by 7% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 44:1 has decreased from 49:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.57 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 11% over five years.
Total Enrollment18,565 students7,516 students
Sierra College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio44:144:1
Sierra College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students6,828 students1,613 students
Sierra College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students11,737 students5,903 students
Sierra College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Sierra College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
Sierra College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% American Indian/Alaskan
Sierra College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
Sierra College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Sierra College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Sierra College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Sierra College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Sierra College More (2010-2016)
% Non Resident races
Sierra College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Sierra College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.0.570.73
Sierra College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Sierra College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,800$34,900
Sierra College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,150 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 26% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,190 is less than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,150$1,636
Sierra College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,190$6,797
Sierra College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid58%78%
Sierra College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates-$9,500
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,250$5,500
Sierra College Median debt for students who have not completed (2012-2013)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Sierra College is a fully accredited, two-year community college located in north central California. We serve Placer, Nevada and portions of El Dorado and Sacramento counties. Our primary campus is located in Rocklin just minutes from Sacramento. Other facilities include our 105-acre Sierra College Nevada County Campus in Grass Valley, and leased centers in Roseville and Truckee. At Sierra College our focus is on student learning and high quality teaching, not research or publication. Sierra College has a national reputation based on excellence in such academic areas as Computer Science, Math, Electronics, Nursing, Early Childhood Education and many more! We are 13th of all United States community colleges in awarding Associate Degrees – 1st in California. We also have the only nationally accredited community college Student Health Center. Our courses focus on the real life application of current issues and technologies, and are primarily taught by instructors with masters degrees in their fields. Many are experts in their fields and currently working in the private sector. Quality instruction contributes to Sierra College being ranked first in Northern California in transfers to the University of California and California State University systems. Online courses are available in our Distance Learning program. These are credit courses which allow you to complete much of your college studies from your own home, using the internet or television.

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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,636 per year for in-state students and $6,797 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $18,802 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 83%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.