Sierra Nevada University

Incline Village, NV

Sierra Nevada, founded in 1969, is a private, liberal arts university. Its 18-acre campus is located in Incline Village, 31 miles from Reno.

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“I chose SNU because I wanted a small community with a teaching program, but I got much more than what I bargained for. I have made countless close relationships with my professors, been involved with the Student Government Association, begun working on my career at the Tutoring Center, and have excelled in my studies. I feel that I have grown in every aspect of my life.”

— Nicole Ross, English, Psychology & Teacher Education Alumni

AT A GLANCE

11:1 student-faculty ratio

500-student limit

Majors & Programs

• 2D Practices
• 3D Practices
• Biology
• Digital Arts
• Digital Arts & Business
• Earth Science
• Ecology
• English & Creative Writing
• Entrepreneurship
• Finance & Economics
• Global Business Management
• Interdisciplinary Arts
• Journalism
• Marketing
• MFA in Creative Writing
• MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts
• Natural Resource Management
• Outdoor Adventure Leadership
• Psychology
• Psychology & Art or Music
• Ski Area & Resort Management
• Sustainability

Athletics
• Alpine Skiing
• Cross-Country
• Freeskiing
• Golf
• Lacrosse
• Snowboarding
• Soccer

At Sierra Nevada University College of Entrepreneurial Leadership, located in Incline Village, Nevada, there’s nothing passive or conventional about your education. Our status as Nevada’s only accredited private four-year institution—and our location high in the Sierra on the shores of legendary Lake Tahoe and less than a mile to the nearest ski resort—all but guarantee that. Action is in our DNA. Everything we do is dedicated to changing lives, learning forward, and engaging students to help them become confident, collaborative critical thinkers who are uniquely prepared to thrive in the real world.

Four core themes that define us 
• Entrepreneurial thinking
• Professional preparedness
• Liberal arts
• Sustainability

We bring these themes to life for every student through active learning processes that foster problem-solving, teamwork, and innovation. It’s a culture of competition where students learn to think on their feet, communicate persuasively, and become active participants in their education.

World-class mentorship
Few things are more important in your college journey than meaningful mentor relationships; it’s the key to your future. These vital connections will help you navigate the complexities of your college experience all the way through the uncertainty and promise of your post-college career. There is a fortune beyond the beauty and challenge of the Tahoe basin: a community of entrepreneurs and leaders that choose to live on these shores. Our community is like no other on the planet, and it’s here for you.

Affordable private education
Sierra Nevada provides a comprehensive program of need- and merit- based financial aid through federal, state, and SNU resources. Sierra Nevada works for you—100% of accepted students receive some form of financial aid. Our donor network understands how important financial support is for all our students. You may even qualify for a merit scholarship worth up to $18,000 a year for all four years.

The SNU Job Guarantee
We believe in our graduates. In fact, we know that if you follow the guidance of your mentors and instructors and meet the criteria of the Job Guarantee Program, at commencement you’ll throw your cap in the air ready to start your career. If by some quirk of fate you find yourself with no prospect waiting upon graduation, don’t despair. We’ll take you back—for free—for a full semester of coursework to add to your skill set in a job-ready way.

The SNO experience
At SNU, you’ll start with an adventure that shows how exciting learning can be. Sierra Nevada Orientation is an innovative, two-phase program. The first phase is a special four-day camping adventure for you to meet your fellow students and explore your new home, all while learning skills that will serve you well during college and after graduation. Best of all, you get to choose the adventure that best suits your interests. 

The second phase brings students back on campus. There are plenty of activities for you to meet more friends and explore the opportunities close to campus. There’s the usual introduction to the mechanics of college—academic policies, financial aid, dorm rules, and library facilities. But the main focus of the week is a group of hands-on workshops that introduce you to the University’s core themes and immersive learning style. 

Internship opportunities
Sierra Nevada has agreements for internship placements with businesses, schools, resorts, and public service agencies. The internship experience reinforces our classroom-based curriculum by allowing SNU students to put their creative and problem-solving skills to work in professional situations.