Admission to Sierra College is open to any person who:
- Has a high school diploma, GED, or passed the high school proficiency examination, or
- Is over 18 years of age and capable of profiting from instruction.
All new students and students returning to Sierra College after an absence of one or more semesters must submit an application for admission prior to registering for classes. Electronic applications are available online at www.sierracollege.edu. Paper applications, also available in Spanish and Russian, may be obtained at a campus Admissions and Records office. Additional admission information in Spanish and Russian is also available online. Students are encouraged to submit official high school and college transcripts to an Admissions and Records office.
Each semester the college offers registration opportunities to those who file an application for admission and complete the “Steps to Success.” Dates are published online or may be obtained by calling (916) 660-7340 or (530) 274-5302.
For the purpose of determining tuition and enrollment fees, Sierra College students are subject to the legal residence restrictions established by the California legislature. Residency is determined at the time of admission and requires a statement of legal residence. Supporting documentation may also be required.
California residency shall be established for students who qualify under one of the following conditions:
- If 19 years of age or over, has resided in California and has “manifested the intent” to make California their residence for at least one year and one day prior to the beginning of the semester.
- If 18 years of age and both the student and the student’s parent or legal guardian have resided in California and have “manifested the intent” to make California their residence for at least one year and one day prior to the beginning of the semester.
- If under 18 years of age and the student’s parent or legal guardian has resided in California and has “manifested the intent” to make California their residence for at least one year and one day prior to the beginning of the semester.
Any student not meeting one of the above requirements will be classified a nonresident. Regulations allow certain students to apply for nonresident tuition waivers. Contact an Admissions and Records office for further information.
Nonresident students who wish to request a residency status change must submit a residency reclassification petition by the end of the semester in question. Residency documents should be submitted to a campus Admissions and Records office the semester prior to the change of status.
International students attend Sierra College from around the world. Each semester more than 47 different countries are represented at the college. Regardless of TOEFL scores, all students take assessment tests to determine placement in appropriate courses. Based on test results, college-level and/or ESL courses will be recommended. Assistance with the application and registration process is provided by the International Students Office (ISO). Contact the ISO directly for application materials at (916) 660-7330, email firstname.lastname@example.org or access international student information and application forms on the college web site at www.sierracollege.edu/int.
International students wishing to apply for study to the college on an F-1 visa must submit the following to the International Students Office:
- A completed Sierra College International Student Application.
- Meet at least one of the following English Language Requirements:
Score at least 133 CBT (Computer Based Test), 450 PBT (Paper Based Test), or 45 iBT (Internet Based Test) on the TOEFL exam.
Enroll in the “English as a Second Language” (ESL) program at Sierra College. This requirement is waived for students from countries that use English as the primary language in their educational systems.
- An official bank statement (in English) dated within three months indicating that there are sufficient funds available to cover tuition expenses (minimum $17,000.00 U.S. dollars).
- Official transcripts translated into English indicating successful completion at a secondary school equivalent to completion of an American high school and transcripts from any colleges or universities attended.
- A copy of valid passport (photo page).
- A non-refundable application processing fee of $100.00 payable to Sierra College in the form of a MasterCard or Visa credit card, wire transfer, cashier’s check, or check drawn on a U.S. bank (do not send cash). The $100.00 will be credited toward tuition at the time of registration.
International Student Priority Application Deadlines
(for students transferring from another U.S. college):
|Fall semester||July 1|
|Spring semester||December 1|
|Summer session||May 1|
NOTE: Prior to arriving in the United States, prospective students shall submit to Sierra College proof of freedom from tuberculosis dated no more than 90 days before the start of classes. This report must be professionally translated to English.
Mandatory Sierra College Health Insurance
All international students attending Sierra College must purchase mandatory health insurance. There are no exceptions, even for students who have health insurance through their home countries.
Other Important Health Information
When traveling from country to country, a student may be exposed to different diseases. Sierra College strongly encourages the following immunizations: Tetanus, Measles and Rubella.
Academic Enrichment Program
Sierra College provides special part-time admission to students who:
- have completed the tenth grade;
- are at least 15 years of age;
- have a GPA of 3.0 or above; and
- assessed into the appropriate transfer level courses.
Students must attend a high school which has a current Academic Enrichment Compliance form on file in the Admissions and Records office. Home schooled students or those attending a charter school must have an affidavit indicating they are legally home schooled or attending a charter school.
Students must submit a Sierra College application for admission, an Academic Enrichment Permission form, and an official high school transcript each semester. Enrollment must be recommended by the school principal or counselor, and have the consent of a parent or guardian. Students should be counseled by the high school staff to determine the courses in which they should enroll. Enrollment is limited to a maximum of 7 units per semester; specific courses in which students may not enroll are published online on the Academic Enrichment Restricted Course List. Students admitted under these provisions are subject to all college rules and regulations and are not eligible for student employment. Contact a campus Admissions and Records office for more information.