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Sierra Nevada College: Narrative Description


999 Tahoe Blvd.
Incline Village, NV 89451
Tel: (775)831-1314
Admissions: (775)831-7799
Fax: (775)831-1347
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1969. Setting: 20-acre small town campus with easy access to Reno. Endowment: $3.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $19,500 per student. Total enrollment: 492. Faculty: 75 (19 full-time, 56 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 8:1. 383 applied, 68% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 35% from top quarter, 70% from top half. 1 class president, 1 valedictorian, 18 student government officers. Full-time: 302 students, 51% women, 49% men. Students come from 32 states and territories, 5 other countries, 71% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 1% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 8% 25 or older, 45% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; interdisciplinary studies; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: recommendations, school report form for high school seniors. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $27,100 includes full-time tuition ($19,500), mandatory fees ($150), and college room and board ($7450). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, and program. Room and board charges vary according to gender. Part-time tuition: $850 per hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $75 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Most popular organizations: Recycling Club, Ski Club (NASIS), Enviroaction Club, Snowboard Club, Rotaract. Major annual events: Jamaica Jam, Halloween Bash, Snowfest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. 176 college housing spaces available; 156 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. MacLean Library with 18,500 books, 175 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $150,000. 50 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus.

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