Sierra College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$1,104

0% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$6,413

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

14.4%

Default Rate

2017 Enrolled Students

18,221

35.4% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

35%

608 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 2017, 3,170 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Sierra College. 59% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,859 degrees), 2.4 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (776 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Sierra College is $1,104, which is $-6,310 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Sierra College is $1,104, which is $-6,310 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $6,413.

In 2017, 53% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 5% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$1,104

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Sierra College was $1,104. The cost of tuition at Sierra College is $-6,310 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

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Average Net Price

$6,413

2017 Value

21.9%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Sierra College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $6,413. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Sierra College grew by 21.9%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,585

Room and Board

$2,224

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Sierra College was of $10,585 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,224. The cost of room and board increased by 13.4% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

53%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

5%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

53% of undergraduate students at Sierra College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 5.36% with respect to 2016, when 56% 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.

14.4%

2016 Default Rate

116

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Sierra College was 14.4%, which represents 116 out of the 803 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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Enrollment

Sierra College has a total enrollment of 18,221 students. The full-time enrollment at Sierra College is 6,448 students and the part-time enrollment is 11,773. This means that 35.4% 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, 26.2% Hispanic or Latino, 6.03% Asian, 6% Two or More Races, 2.84% Black or African American, 0.565% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.335% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Sierra College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (28.3%), followed by White Male (25.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (14.2%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

35.4%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Sierra College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 18,221 students. The full-time enrollment at Sierra College is 6,448 and the part-time enrollment is 11,773. This means that 35.4% of students enrolled at Sierra College are enrolled full-time compared with 36% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

72%

2017 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 72%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (61%), 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

    10,321

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    4,781

  3. Asian

    1,098

The enrolled student population at Sierra College is 56.6% White, 26.2% Hispanic or Latino, 6.03% Asian, 6% Two or More Races, 2.84% Black or African American, 0.565% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.335% 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 45.9% White, 25.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.8% 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, 78 students (0.428%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 572 more women than men received degrees from Sierra College. The majority of degree recipients at Sierra College are white (1,859 degrees awarded). There were 2.4 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (776 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 Interdisciplinary Studies (424 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (630 degrees), and Communication Technologies (49 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sierra College are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (395,271 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (287,553 people), Other managers (261,247 people), Postsecondary teachers (126,924 people), and Chief executives & legislators (113,681 people).

The most specialized majors at Sierra College are Interdisciplinary Studies (424 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (630 degrees), Communication Technologies (49 degrees), Human Sciences (140 degrees), and History (42 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 Surgeons, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Dentists, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Sierra College are Interdisciplinary Studies (424 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (630 degrees), Communication Technologies (49 degrees), Human Sciences (140 degrees), and History (42 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 (523,434 people), Legal services (311,628 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (307,987 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (218,809 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (199,304 people).

The most specialized majors at Sierra College are Interdisciplinary Studies (424 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (630 degrees), Communication Technologies (49 degrees), Human Sciences (140 degrees), and History (42 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 false, 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. 1,299

  2. 1,871

In 2017, 1,299 degrees were awarded to men at Sierra College, which is 0.694 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,871).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 192 degrees were awarded to men at Sierra College in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.12 times more than the 171 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 374 degrees were awarded to women at Sierra College in General Social Sciences, which is 2.19 times more than the 171 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

11%

100% Completion Time

32%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 11% 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 42% 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 Female

Highest Graduation Rate (64.4%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Sierra College is Female and Asian (64.4% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 0.329% of graduates (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,859 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    776 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    176 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Sierra College is white (1,859 degrees awarded). There were 2.4 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (776 degrees).

0.789% of degree recipients (25 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    1,088 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    771 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    473 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Sierra College is white female (1,088 degrees awarded). There were 1.41 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (771 degrees).

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Operations

Sierra College has an endowment valued at nearly $3.76M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $128k (3.41%), compared to the 2.22% average return ($81.1k on $3.66M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2017, Sierra College had a total salary expenditure of $150M. Sierra College employs 227 Instructors, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at Sierra College are Female Instructors (137), Male Instructors(90), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sierra College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 146 employees, Management, with 53 employees, and Service with 38 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$3.76M

2017 Endowment

10.8%

growth from 2016

Sierra College has an endowment valued at about $3.76M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Sierra College grew 10.8% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $98.2k higher 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. $1.91M - Federal

  2. $21.7M - State

  3. $1.54M - Local

As of 2017, Sierra College received $1.91M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $21.7M from state grants and contracts, and $1.54M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$64.3M

2017 Salaries

3.63%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Sierra College paid a median of $64.3M in salaries, which represents 42.9% of their overall expenditure ($150M) and a 3.63% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 10% growth from 2015 and a 5.87% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 14.9M (41.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$17.7M

Instructional Salaries

227

Number of Employees

In 2017, Sierra College paid a total of $17.7M to 227 employees working as instructors, which represents 27.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $6.95M (28.7%) for similar Associates Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor

Most Common Instructor

227 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

146 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Sierra College were Instructor with 227 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sierra College were Office and Administrative Support with 146 employees; Management with 53 employees; and Service with 38 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Instructor

  2. Male Instructor

  3. false

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Sierra College was Female Instructor with 137 employees, Male Instructor with 90 employees, and false with 0 employees.

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

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