Sierra College

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$1,104

0% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$8,215

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

19.4%

Default Rate

2016 Enrolled Students

17,833

36.3% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

31.8%

538 Graduates

About

Sierra College is a higher education institution located in Placer County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Sierra College were .

In 2016, 3,128 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Sierra College. 57.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 42.9% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,894 degrees), 2.54 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (746 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Sierra College is $1,104, which is $-6,216 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,320).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Sierra College is $1,104, which is $-6,216 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,320).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $8,215.

In 2016, 56% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 5% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$1,104

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Sierra College was $1,104. The cost of tuition at Sierra College is $-6,216 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,320).

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Average Net Price

$8,215

2016 Value

2.53%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Sierra College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $8,215. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Sierra College grew by 2.53%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,334

Room and Board

$2,224

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Sierra College was of $9,334 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,224. The cost of room and board increased by 1.08% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

56%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

5%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

56% of undergraduate students at Sierra College received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 3.45% with respect to 2015, when 58% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

19.4%

2015 Default Rate

179

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Sierra College was 19.4%, which represents 179 out of the 923 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Sierra College received N/A undergraduate applications in N/A, which represents a 0% annual growth. Out of those N/A applicants, N/A students were accepted for enrollment, representing a N/A% acceptance rate.

There were 17,833 students enrolled at Sierra College in 2016, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Sierra College has an overall enrollment yield of N/A%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

N/A%

Acceptance Rate in N/A

N/A

Accepted Out of N/A

In N/A, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Sierra College was N/A% (N/A admissions from N/A applications). This is approximately the same as the acceptance rate of N/A, which was N/A%. Between N/A and N/A, the number of applicants stayed by N/A%, while admissions stayed by N/A%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%

Submission Percentage

N/A

Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Sierra College in N/A submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Sierra College has a total enrollment of 17,833 students. The full-time enrollment at Sierra College is 6,482 students and the part-time enrollment is 11,351. This means that 36.3% of students enrolled at Sierra College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Sierra College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 56.6% White, 26.8% Hispanic or Latino, 5.64% Asian, 5.59% Two or More Races, 2.96% Black or African American, 0.572% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.325% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Sierra College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (27.5%), followed by White Male (26%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (14.9%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

36.3%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Sierra College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 17,833 students. The full-time enrollment at Sierra College is 6,482 and the part-time enrollment is 11,351. This means that 36.3% of students enrolled at Sierra College are enrolled full-time compared with 36.5% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

70%

2016 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Sierra College was 70%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (60%), Sierra College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    10,088

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    4,774

  3. Asian

    1,006

The enrolled student population at Sierra College is 56.6% White, 26.8% Hispanic or Latino, 5.64% Asian, 5.59% Two or More Races, 2.96% Black or African American, 0.572% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.325% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 46.8% White, 24.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 89 students (0.499%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 444 more women than men received degrees from Sierra College. The majority of degree recipients at Sierra College are white (1,894 degrees awarded). There were 2.54 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (746 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Sierra College is N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Sierra College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Communication Technologies (76 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (405 degrees), and Social Sciences (549 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sierra College are Miscellaneous managers (287,516 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (285,922 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (205,834 people), Postsecondary teachers (110,922 people), and Chief executives & legislators (105,591 people).

The most specialized majors at Sierra College are Communication Technologies (76 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (405 degrees), Social Sciences (549 degrees), Human Sciences (135 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (130 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sierra College are Physicians & surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Sales engineers, Chief executives & legislators, and Firstline supervisors of nonretail sales workers

The most specialized majors at Sierra College are Communication Technologies (76 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (405 degrees), Social Sciences (549 degrees), Human Sciences (135 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (130 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sierra College are Elementary & secondary schools (369,331 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (256,584 people), Legal services (233,731 people), Hospitals (221,383 people), and Computer Systems Design (178,168 people).

The most specialized majors at Sierra College are Communication Technologies (76 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (405 degrees), Social Sciences (549 degrees), Human Sciences (135 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (130 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Sierra College.

Most Common

  1. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  2. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In N/A, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Sierra College was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 1,342

  2. 1,786

In 2016, 1,342 degrees were awarded to men at Sierra College, which is 0.751 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,786).

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Most Common Male Majors

In N/A, 189 degrees were awarded to men at Sierra College in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.08 times more than the 175 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In N/A, 334 degrees were awarded to women at Sierra College in General Social Sciences, which is 2.24 times more than the 149 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

10%

100% Completion Time

32%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 10% of students graduating from Sierra College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 32% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 41% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Asian Male

Highest Graduation Rate (48.6%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Sierra College is Male and Asian (48.6% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.743% of graduates (4 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,894 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    746 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    200 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Sierra College is white (1,894 degrees awarded). There were 2.54 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (746 degrees).

0.959% of degree recipients (30 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    1,111 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    783 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    409 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Sierra College is white female (1,111 degrees awarded). There were 1.42 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (783 degrees).

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Operations

Sierra College has an endowment valued at nearly $3.01M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $451k (15%), compared to the 1.4% average return ($43.5k on $3.12M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2015, Sierra College had a total expenditure of $139M. Of that $139M, they spent $56.4M on salaries and $139M on benefits.

Sierra College employs N/A N/A, N/A N/A, and N/A N/A. Most academics at Sierra College are N/A (N/A), N/A(N/A), and N/A (N/A).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sierra College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 144 employees, Management, with 52 employees, and Service with 37 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$3.01M

2015 Endowment

8.04%

growth from 2014

Sierra College has an endowment valued at about $3.01M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Sierra College grew 8.04% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $108k lower than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $1.49M - Federal

  2. $12.2M - State

  3. $1.75M - Local

As of 2015, Sierra College received $1.49M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $12.2M from state grants and contracts, and $1.75M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$56.4M

Salary Expenditure

$139M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Sierra College had a total expenditure of $139M. Of that $139M, they spent $56.4M on salaries and $139M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Sierra College as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$56.4M

2015 Salaries

5.87%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Sierra College paid a median of $56.4M in salaries, which represents 40.5% of their overall expenditure ($139M) and a 5.87% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.02% growth from 2013 and a 3.58% decline from 2012.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 14.3M (44.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$16.8M

Instructional Salaries

235

Number of Employees

In 2015, Sierra College paid a total of $16.8M to 235 employees working as instructors, which represents 29.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.44M (31%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

N/A

Most Common Instructor

N/A Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

144 Employees

In N/A, the most common positions for instructional staff at Sierra College were N/A with N/A employees; N/A with N/A employees; and N/A with N/A employees.

In N/A, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sierra College were Office and Administrative Support with 144 employees; Management with 52 employees; and Service with 37 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. N/A

  2. N/A

  3. N/A

In N/A, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Sierra College was N/A with N/A employees, N/A with N/A employees, and N/A with N/A employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Sierra College.

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