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Matriculation means, “The steps one takes to get to and through college.” At Sierra College, Matriculation means an agreement between the college and each student as to the steps both will take to help ensure the student succeeds.


Sierra College will:

  • Assess students’ basic educational skills and career goals
  • Orient students to the college’s programs, services, and policies
  • Provide top-quality instruction and services
  • Offer a wide variety of courses
  • Offer services to support students’ education
  • Follow up on students’ progress toward educational goals

Students will:

  • Participate in Orientation and Assessment
  • Declare an educational major
  • Meet with a counselor to design an educational plan
  • Attend courses and work hard to complete them
  • Seek out support services as needed
  • Strive to make progress toward goals

Important information related to Matriculation

Matriculation and Registration

Students must complete orientation, assessment, and a new student group counseling session prior to registration.


The Sierra College Online Orientation provides students with information about programs, services, and registration procedures. Students who complete the Online Orientation are prepared for New Student Group Counseling.


Assessment in reading, English and mathematics helps to determine student skill levels and needs. Results are used by counselors to assist students with selection of courses and developing a Student Educational Plan (SEP). The Assessment Center also offers English as a Second Language (ESL) and Ability to Benefit (ATB) testing.


You will meet in a group session with a counselor, who will help you identify which courses to take your first semester, explain how to navigate post-secondary education, and answer your questions and concerns.


Some students are exempt from the requirements of Matriculation. Nevertheless, students are encouraged to avail themselves of these services. Students are exempt if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • Hold an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree,
  • Apply with a selected educational goal of “educational development,”
  • Apply with a selected educational goal to “maintain certification or license,” or
  • Other criteria as determined by the Sierra College Board of Trustees.

Students who have completed orientation or assessment at another college can have those portions of the matriculation requirements waived. Please submit evidence to the Assessment or Counseling Offices at the Rocklin Campus, Nevada County Campus, Roseville Gateway Center, or the Truckee Center.

Challenges or Appeals to Matriculation

Students may request a waiver of any matriculation requirement due to extraordinary circumstances; or may review the regulations covering matriculation and file a complaint if the student believes any of these regulations are not being met. All complaints, appeals, or requests for information should be directed to the Matriculation Office in the Counseling Center, Winstead Building on the Rocklin Campus.


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  • L 156
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
  • Summer M-Th: 8:00am - 5:30pm
  • (916) 660-7400
  • (916) 630-4510

Florence Charlie Counselor, Guardian Scholars Program Coordinator

  • L 144
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Jamie Chin Counselor

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Riana Howard Instructional Assistant, Student Equity

  • L A-108
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Terri Maddux Instructor/Counselor

  • L 177
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Tonya Times Counselor, Umoja Program Director, Instructor

  • L 153
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
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  • N1 216
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945
  • Summer M-Th: 8:30am - 5:30pm
  • (530) 274-5303
  • (530) 274-5307

Allison Aguilar Part-time Counselor

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Cheryl Axton Counselor, Instructor, Personal Development-Nevada County Campus

  • N1 216
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Deborah Meadows Student Services Technician, Nevada County Campus

  • N1 216
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Cynthia Melby-Harada Part-time Counseling Instructor, Personal Development

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Nicola Murphy Instructional Assistant NCC SSSP, Outreach

  • N1 212
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Rebecca Ortega Counselor, Nevada County Campus

  • N1 220
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945
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  • Tahoe-Truckee 105
  • 11001 College Trail
    Truckee, CA 96161
  • Summer M-Th: 9:00am - 4:30pm
  • (530) 550-2225
  • (530) 550-2229

Cynthia Flores Part-time Counselor, Tahoe Truckee Campus

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