Sierra College

Rocklin, California

Sierra College ADVANTAGES

  • Safe, family environment in Northern California
  • English as a Second Language program (ESL)
  • Beautiful location
  • On-campus housing (dormitories)
  • Affordable ø save money for the first 2 years of college
  • Intercollegiate sports program
  • Free tutoring
  • Transfer opportunities to universities
  • Smaller classes
  • Free counseling: academic, personal, career, and transfer
  • Intramural sports activities
  • College concerts, theatre productions and lectures
  • Emphasis placed on individual interaction between faculty and students
  • Fully accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and College)
  • 1st in the Sacramento Valley and 7th in the state of California for transferring to the University of California and California State Universities


Sierra College is located in the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, 100 miles east of San Francisco. The main campus is located in Rocklin, just minutes from Sacramento, the state capital of California. The climate is moderate, with annual rainfall of approximately 18 inches (46 centimeters). Within a 30-mile radius of the campus there are many recreational opportunities with nearby golf courses, river systems and lakes. In one hour by car, you can be in the beautiful Lake Tahoe region that offers skiing, hiking, horseback riding and boating. Or you can choose to go site seeing in San Francisco, the Napa Valley, or the Northern California coast.


Sierra College is a public, two-year community college founded in 1936. Sierra has a national reputation of excellence and offers over 70 Associate Degrees. Certificates of Achievement are offered in a variety of technical-vocational areas. After the first two years at Sierra College, many students transfer to top quality public and private universities for their final two years. All Sierra College students benefit from supportive services such as academic advising, personal counseling, career and professional preparation, tutoring, and health services at no additional charge. The College provides comprehensive administrative, academic, workshop, studio, and laboratory facilities. Students may begin their study during the fall or spring Semesters or during the summer Session. Excellent faculty, smaller classes and lower tuition fees are great advantages for international students.

Sierra College offers an ESL Program with courses in reading, writing, and listening/speaking. Upon arrival, each student completes an assessment test to determine the appropriate level of study. Courses at beginning levels are designed for students to enroll full-time. Courses at upper levels are designed for students to enroll part-time so that they can also begin to take other college classes. Students will receive full college credit for courses taken at the upper levels and may also receive credit for these courses once they transfer to a four-year university.

With an enrollment of approximately 18,000 students and a small percentage of international students, a great opportunity awaits students wishing to improve their English skills. Sierra College students may participate in an active Student Government and many campus clubs, intercollegiate athletics and intramural sports. Sports facilities include a swimming pool, gymnasium, fitness/cardio room, and fields for soccer and football. There is also a theatre, art gallery, and science museum.

Sierra College is one of the very few California Community Colleges to have on-campus housing available to our students. The Residence Hall fees are $2,995 per semester, which includes 17 meals per week whenever school is in session. This works out to be about $25.00 per day over the entire semester. A 2-story facility houses 126 students, two students per room, with a connecting bathroom between two rooms. A second single-story building is for male students only and houses 24 students, two students per room, with a community bathroom and shower facility. Each room is furnished with a twin bed, wardrobe closet, chest of drawers, and student desk and chair, along with a sink and medicine cabinet. Coin-operated washers and dryers are available in three laundry rooms for student use. A large recreation room is equipped with a pool table, ping-pong table, television, VCR and stereo. A separate study room provides a quiet place for students to study. Meals are served in the Campus Center -3 meals per day Monday through Friday and two meals on Saturday. A variety of popular fast-food stores, delicatessen, restaurants, and grocery stores are within walking distance of the campus. Included in this fee is the rental of a half-furnished room (all rooms are double occupancy), 17 meals per week, all utilities (phone and cable TV are separate) and shared use of all public areas in each residence hall.


Annual Tuition and Fees (based on 12 units per semester – Fall & Spring)
Enrollment Fee$264 ($11 per Unit)
Foreign Student Tuition$3,552 ($148 per unit)
Health Services Fee$24
Sierra College Mandatory Health Insurance$516
Parking Permit$80
Application Processing Fee
(Non-refundable; however, funds are credited toward tuition at the time of registration)
Annual Estimated Living Expenses
Living Expenses ø On-Campus Housing (including room and meals)$5990
Living Expenses ø Off-Campus Housing (estimated)$8,900
Personal expenses (transportation, clothes, recreation, etc)
Note: Living expenses may vary with individual student needs and tastes

Note: Fees are subject to change without notice.

Sierra College offers international students a wide range of advantages, including transfer programs to other colleges and universities; a safe, friendly environment in which to study; on-campus dormitory housing and meals; affordable tuition rates; a variety of supportive services, and a beautiful campus location. Sierra College offers an English as Second Language (ESL) program for students who wish to improve their English skills before entering regular academic studies. Enrollment in the ESL program also provides a fine opportunity for students to be admitted to Sierra College with TOEFL scores of less than 450. The International Students Office provides a variety of individualized support services including admissions, registration, student visa regulations, and international student orientation.

It is easy to apply for admission to Sierra College. Simply contact our International Students Office by e-mail, telephone, or mail to request an information packet. Our office will be happy to assist you in applying for admission to our college and answering any questions you have about Sierra.

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