Make a switch & experience the way college was intended to be
At Sierra Nevada University, there is nothing passive or conventional about your education, our location high in the Sierra on the shores of legendary Lake Tahoe, in Incline Village, all but guarantee that. Less than a mile from the nearest ski resort, action is in our DNA. Everything we do from academics to extracurricular activities 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.
Maximize your transferred credit hours
A common theme you hear from transfer students at Sierra Nevada University is, “I’ve finally found my place.” With an open door policy, there is little need to schedule a meeting with your professor. Collaboration and open dialogue are the foundations to the Socratic Method and modern day teaching format. Our professors embrace this inside and outside of the classroom. You will be challenged to find your passions, dive deeper into the areas that interest you most, and pushed to produce a senior project that embodies you, the time, effort, and inspiration developed during the course of its production. At Sierra Nevada University, you are the focal point of your education.
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 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.
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.