Sierra College

  • 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 18,314 students (36% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 44:1 is lower than the state community college average of 45:1.
Minority enrollment is 50% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 75%.

Top Rankings

Sierra College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 421 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Sierra College(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High TraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty421 staff149 staff
This chart display total faculty of Sierra College and community college average number of faculty in CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.

Student Body

The student population of Sierra College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 44:1 has decreased from 46:1 over five years.
The Sierra College diversity score of 0.68 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 20% over five years.
Total Enrollment18,314 students8,598 students
This chart display the total enrollment of Sierra College and community college average number of enrollment of CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio44:145:1
This chart display the student staff ratio of Sierra College and community college average student staff ratio of CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
# Full-Time Students6,503 students2,015 students
This chart display the total number of Full-Time students enrollment of Sierra College and average number of community college Full-Time students enrollment of CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
# Part-Time Students11,811 students6,583 students
This chart display the total number of Part-Time students enrollment of Sierra College and average number of community college Part-Time students enrollment of CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Sierra College. This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of CA.
Total Dormitory Capacity
120150
This chart display the dormitory capacity of Sierra College and the community college average dormitory capacity of CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
This chart display the percentage of American Indian/Alaskan students in Sierra College and the percentage of American Indian/Alaskan community college students in CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
% Asian
6%
12%
This chart display the percentage of Asian students in Sierra College and the percentage of Asian community college students in CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
% Hispanic
24%
43%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in Sierra College and the percentage of Hispanic community college students in CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
% Black
3%
7%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in Sierra College and the percentage of Black community college students in CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
% White
50%
25%
This chart display the percentage of White students in Sierra College and the percentage of White community college students in CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
% Two or more races
6%
4%
This chart display the percentage of Two or more races students in Sierra College and the percentage of Two or more races community college students in CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
% Non Resident races
6%
4%
This chart display the percentage of Non Resident students in Sierra College and the percentage of Non Resident community college students in CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
% Unknown races
4%
4%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Sierra College. This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in CA.
Diversity Score0.680.73
This chart display the diversity score of Sierra College and the community college average diversity score of CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
College Completion Rate
35%
31%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of Sierra College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of CA by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,800$34,600
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Sierra College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of CA by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,150 is less than the state average of $1,458. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,190 is less than the state average of $6,710. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,150$1,458
This chart display tuition fees for an in-state student of Sierra College and the public community college average tuition fees for an in-state student of CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,190$6,710
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Sierra College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid54%76%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Sierra College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates--
Median Debt for Dropouts$9,500$5,751
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Sierra College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in CA by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
Source: 2019 (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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Sierra College is Carrington College-Citrus Heights (8.9 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 248 students | 8.90 Mi7301 Greenback Ln., Ste. A
    Citrus Heights, CA 95621
    (916) 722-8200
    8.90248
  • 8,575 students | 9.10 Mi10 College Parkway
    Folsom, CA 95630
    (916) 608-6572
    9.108,575
  • MTI College
    Private for-profit
    787 students | 11.40 Mi5221 Madison Avenue
    Sacramento, CA 95841
    (916) 339-1500
    11.40787
  • Bryan College-Gold River
    Private, for profit
    85 students | 11.80 Mi2339 Gold Meadow Way, Suite 111
    Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
    (916) 649-2400
    11.8085
  • 31,366 students | 12.30 Mi4700 College Oak Dr
    Sacramento, CA 95841
    (916) 484-8011
    12.3031,366
Recent Articles
The chancellor of the California Community College System, Bryce Harris, recently stated more than 20 community colleges in the state were at risk of losing accreditation. In the midst of problems with City College of San Francisco, some are beginning to question the credibility of the accreditors.
Corrosion technology is one of the hottest new industries community colleges are training for. Currently, only a handful of schools offer a program, but the field is open for new graduates.
July 30, 2021
Going to college is a major commitment and a big decision – one that thousands of students postponed during the pandemic. Now that things are slowly returning to normal, what does the world of academia look like and what challenges are educators currently facing?
Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,458 per year for in-state students and $6,710 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,155 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 84%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity score of 0.73, which is equal to the national average of 0.73. The most diverse community college in California is Coastline Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.