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Future Student

Future Students

Students attending Sierra for the first time or those who missed one semester or more

Current Student

Current Students

Sierra College students who are currently taking classes here and want to continue

Important Upcoming Dates

Upcoming Events


Summer 8-Wk instruction ends


Fall semester begins


Labor Day holiday


Add/Drop/ Refund Deadline

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Find out more about priority registration on the California Community College website.

What type of student are you?

You are New to Sierra College. (First-Time Student or First-Time Transfer Student)

This is your first time at Sierra, whether attending college for the first time or transferring from another college.  You are a Future Student.  Must apply for admission.

You are a current Sierra Student wishing to continue. (Continuing Student)

Currently enrolled in at least one Sierra College credit course for the prior semester. Status is maintained even if you withdrew from college before the end of the semester.  You are a Current Student.  Do not reapply for admission - Go straight to registration.

You have previously attended Sierra College. (Returning Student)

You have attended Sierra College in the past, but have now been away from Sierra for one or more semesters.  You are a Future Student.  Must reapply for admission.

International Student

From a country outside the United States, and would like to study at Sierra College.  Must apply for admission.

High School Student/Academic Enrichment

At least 15 years of age and have completed the 10th grade. Must submit an Academic Enrichment Permission Form

Admission to Sierra College is open to any person who:

  • Has a high school diploma, GED, or has passed the high school proficiency examination, or
  • Is 18 years of age or older and capable of profiting from instruction.
 New student admission

Confused by some of the words used?

Admissions and Records definitions

AA/AS Degree
An Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree is granted upon successful completion of all degree requirements — typically 60 units with a “C” average or better. AA/AS degrees are awarded by community colleges.

A college that is officially recognized by a professional association as maintaining certain standards. Accredited programs qualify graduates for admission to higher, or more specialized, programs and for professional practice.

A student may add a course or courses during the first two weeks of the semester. A student may also drop a class after registering for it. Adding and dropping classes must be done by the deadline dates. Students can withdraw from a course after the designated drop deadline, but will not receive a fee refund. Students wishing to add, drop or withdraw from courses can do so through mySierra or at an Admissions and Records office.

A condition of enrollment that students are advised but not required to meet before or in conjunction with enrollment in a course or educational program.

An agreement between Sierra College and another college or university spelling out which Sierra College courses meet requirements at the other school and are transferable. An articulation agreement will tell you which classes to take for your major. ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another.

A comprehensive resource listing Sierra College regulations, program and course descriptions, degree and graduation requirements, transfer requirements and more. Catalogs are available for purchase in the Sierra College Bookstore or the current and past catalogs are online as pdf files.

Awarded upon completion of a prescribed series of courses. A certificate indicates skill proficiency in many technical and vocational areas.

A condition of enrollment consisting of a course that students are required to simultaneously take in order to enroll in another course.

Courses that are not required but are taken to explore one's area of interest.

General Education (G.E.) Requirements
Courses students must satisfactorily complete to obtain a degree. General education ensures students receive a well-rounded education.

IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum)
General education requirements for students transferring to the University of California and/or California State University systems.

Major (also called Course of Study)
Primary focus of study or concentration. Majors usually require a pattern of coursework in a particular field and a minimum unit requirement.

The process of initially enrolling in college: application, assessment, orientation, counseling and attendance. The components, when used together, are designed to help students achieve their academic goals. More on matriculation here.

New Student
Never before attended or enrolled at a college or university. Admissions & Records link.

Occupational / Vocational Programs
Programs which prepare students to go directly into the work force in two years or less. Career and Technical Education web site.

Online registration for courses
Accessed through the mySierra portal.
Pre-Professional Program
Undergraduate course work either recommended or required for enrollment in professional schools.

A condition of enrollment that students are required to meet in order to demonstrate current readiness for enrollment in a course or educational program. “C” is the designated minimum grade for prerequisite courses. In other words, “you will not be able to physically sign up for a course with a prerequisite until you have taken the course required.”

Professional Schools
Law, medical, dental and other health science schools.

The registration process students follow to select classes and pay fees.

Student, Continuing Student
Has attended at least one semester at Sierra College and is currently enrolled. Admissions & Records link.

Student, Returning Student
Has previously attended Sierra College and has at least one semester absence and is coming back. Admissions & Records link.

Student, Full-time Student
A student who is enrolled in at least 12 units per semester.

Student Services / Student Development
Programs and services available to students through Sierra College including: tutoringfinancial aidcounselingjob placementhealth servicesadmissions and recordsveteran's assistancedisabled student servicestransfer servicescareer center and Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS).

The process of going from a community college to another college or university. The community college program typically provides the first two years of preparation for the baccalaureate degree.

For more information consult the front section of the current Sierra College catalog.

Visit California Community Colleges' HBCU Transfer Program website

Sierra College does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, age, sex, gender identity and expression, race, color, medical condition, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or because he or she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics.

Inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies may be directed to: Cameron Abbott, Director, Human Resources, U Building, Rocklin Campus


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