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Sierra College: Narrative Description


5000 Rocklin Rd.
Rocklin, CA 95677-3397
Tel: (916)624-3333; Admissions: (916)789-2939; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of California Community College System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1936. Setting: 327-acre suburban campus with easy access to Sacramento. Research spending 2002-03: $192,586. Total enrollment: 19,416. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 25:1. 24,000 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 5,355 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 14,061 students, 57% women, 43% men. 1% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 2% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 32% 25 or older, 1% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission. Placement: APS required; ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $3576 full-time. Mandatory fees: $466 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and location.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 32 open to all. Most popular organizations: Drama Club, student government, Art Club, band, Aggie Club. Major annual events: Scholarship Awards Banquet, Kids' Day, Sierra Daze. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 148 college housing spaces available; 135 were occupied in 2002-03. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. Leary Resource Center plus 1 other with 69,879 books, 189 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2002-03: $865,210. 430 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Population 9,820. Rocklin is located on Interstate 80 in the Loomis Basin, 23 miles northeast of Sacramento; the center of a large deciduous fruit-raising area. All forms of transportation available at nearby cities of Auburn and Roseville. Rocklin has libraries, hospitals, clinics, a health department, churches, and civic, fraternal, and veteran's organizations. Industry includes three lumber mills and a granite quarry. Recreational activities include swimming, picnicking, skiing, fishing and hunting. Seasonal and part-time employment is available.

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