Sierra Nevada College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$31,685
4.5% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$28,679
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
9.06%
Default Rate
2017 Acceptance Rate
69%
735 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
965
81.5% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
44.1%
45 Graduates

About

Sierra Nevada College is a higher education institution located in Washoe County, NV. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Sierra Nevada College were Other Finance & Financial Management Services (18 degrees awarded), International Business, Trade, & Commerce (17 degrees), and General Interdisciplinary Studies (13 degrees).

In 2017, 275 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Sierra Nevada College. 61.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.5% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (202 degrees), 9.18 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (22 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Sierra Nevada College is $31,685, which is $10,952 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Sierra Nevada College is $31,685, which is $10,952 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $28,679.

In 2017, 83% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 51% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$31,685
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Sierra Nevada College was $31,685. The cost of tuition at Sierra Nevada College is $10,952 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$28,679
2017 Value
8.76%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Sierra Nevada College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $28,679. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Sierra Nevada College grew by 8.76%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,332
Room and Board
$1,600
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Sierra Nevada College was of $12,332 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,600. The cost of room and board increased by 2.2% 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

83%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
51%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

83% of undergraduate students at Sierra Nevada College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 6.74% with respect to 2016, when 89% 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.
9.06%
2016 Default Rate
30
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Sierra Nevada College was 9.06%, which represents 30 out of the 331 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 Nevada College received 735 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 13.6% annual decline. Out of those 735 applicants, 507 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 69% acceptance rate.

There were 965 students enrolled at Sierra Nevada College in 2017, and 57% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Sierra Nevada College has an overall enrollment yield of 14.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

69%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
507
Accepted Out of 735

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Sierra Nevada College was 69% (507 admissions from 735 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 51.5%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -13.6%, while admissions grew by 15.8%.

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SAT Scores

57%
Submission Percentage
39
Scores Submitted

57% of enrolled first-time students at Sierra Nevada College in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Sierra Nevada College has a total enrollment of 965 students. The full-time enrollment at Sierra Nevada College is 786 students and the part-time enrollment is 179. This means that 81.5% of students enrolled at Sierra Nevada College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Sierra Nevada College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 69.8% White, 5.39% Hispanic or Latino, 5.08% Two or More Races, 4.25% Black or African American, 2.59% American Indian or Alaska Native, 2.49% Asian, and 1.35% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Sierra Nevada College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (44.6%), followed by White Female (34.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (2.93%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (54.8%), followed by White Male (17.3%) and Two or More Races Female (8.24%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

81.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Sierra Nevada College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 965 students. The full-time enrollment at Sierra Nevada College is 786 and the part-time enrollment is 179. This means that 81.5% of students enrolled at Sierra Nevada College are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

68%
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 Nevada College was 68%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Sierra Nevada College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    674
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    52
  3. Two or More Races
    49

The enrolled student population at Sierra Nevada College is 69.8% White, 5.39% Hispanic or Latino, 5.08% Two or More Races, 4.25% Black or African American, 2.59% American Indian or Alaska Native, 2.49% Asian, and 1.35% 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 Masters Colleges and Universities is 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2017, 63 more women than men received degrees from Sierra Nevada College. The majority of degree recipients at Sierra Nevada College are white (202 degrees awarded). There were 9.18 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (22 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Sierra Nevada College is Other Finance & Financial Management Services (18 degrees awarded), followed by International Business, Trade, & Commerce (17 degrees) and General Interdisciplinary Studies (13 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Sierra Nevada College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are English (30 degrees awarded), Education (135 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (7 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 Nevada College are Elementary & middle school teachers (2,154,970 people), Accountants & auditors (1,127,362 people), Other managers (723,316 people), Financial managers (442,991 people), and Secondary school teachers (373,681 people).

The most specialized majors at Sierra Nevada College are English (30 degrees awarded), Education (135 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (7 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (16 degrees), and Business (63 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 Nevada College are Surgeons, Electrical & electronics engineers, Physicians, Dentists, and Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers

The most specialized majors at Sierra Nevada College are English (30 degrees awarded), Education (135 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (7 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (16 degrees), and Business (63 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 Nevada College are Elementary & secondary schools (3,297,446 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (633,578 people), Banking & related activities (521,992 people), Computer Systems Design (494,500 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (480,765 people).

The most specialized majors at Sierra Nevada College are English (30 degrees awarded), Education (135 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (7 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (16 degrees), and Business (63 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 Nevada College.
Most Common
  1. 18 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 17 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 13 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Sierra Nevada College was Other Finance & Financial Management Services with 18 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 106
  2. 169

In 2017, 106 degrees were awarded to men at Sierra Nevada College, which is 0.627 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (169).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 16 degrees were awarded to men at Sierra Nevada College in Other Finance & Financial Management Services, which is 8 times more than the 2 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 27 degrees were awarded to women at Sierra Nevada College in General Educational Leadership & Administration, which is 5.4 times more than the 5 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

27%
100% Completion Time
41%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 27% of students graduating from Sierra Nevada College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 41% 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.
Hispanic or Latino Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Sierra Nevada College is Male and Hispanic or Latino (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, 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% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    202 degrees awarded
  2. Unknown
    22 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    17 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Sierra Nevada College is white (202 degrees awarded). There were 9.18 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (22 degrees).

8% of degree recipients (22 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    121 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    81 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    11 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Sierra Nevada College is white female (121 degrees awarded). There were 1.49 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (81 degrees).

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Operations

Sierra Nevada College has an endowment valued at nearly $4.22M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $428k (10.1%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Sierra Nevada College had a total salary expenditure of $16.9M. Sierra Nevada College employs 12 Associate professors, 11 Professors, and 11 Assistant professors. Most academics at Sierra Nevada College are Female Professors (7), Female Associate professors(7), and Male Assistant professors (6).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sierra Nevada College are: Business and Financial Operations, with 14 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 12 employees, and Management with 9 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$4.22M
2017 Endowment
2.93%
decline from 2016

Sierra Nevada College has an endowment valued at about $4.22M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Sierra Nevada College declined 2.93% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $28.9M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $195k - Federal
  2. $6.04k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Sierra Nevada College received $195k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $6.04k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$7.68M
2017 Salaries
0.263%
decline from 2016

In 2017, Sierra Nevada College paid a median of $7.68M in salaries, which represents 45.4% of their overall expenditure ($16.9M) and a 0.263% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.94% growth from 2015 and a 2.66% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$2.51M
Instructional Salaries
38
Number of Employees

In 2017, Sierra Nevada College paid a total of $2.51M to 38 employees working as instructors, which represents 32.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $8.02M (34.2%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
12 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
14 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Sierra Nevada College were Associate professor with 12 employees; Professor with 11 employees; and Professor with 11 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sierra Nevada College were Business and Financial Operations with 14 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 12 employees; and Management with 9 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Professor
  2. Female Associate professor
  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Sierra Nevada College was Female Professor with 7 employees, Female Associate professor with 7 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 6 employees.

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

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