Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Sierra College has been an institutional cornerstone of Placer County and a trailblazing community leader since 1936. From academic programs to local economic impact, here are some fast facts to get to know Sierra College.

Group of students wearing graduation robes on Sierra College Commencement Day

Transfers and Programs

Sierra College offers extremely affordable higher education with small class sizes and hands-on training opportunities.

  • 87 degree programs
  • 42 certificate programs
  • 24 Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs
  • 36 CTE degrees
  • 28 Associate Degrees with guaranteed transfers to California State Universities
  • Traditional, online and hybrid courses
  • Extensive not-for-credit Community Education program
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program for lifelong learners

Group of Sierra College students

Student Population

Note: Numbers represent the fall 2021 semester headcount

  • 16,345 students enrolled in courses for credit (traditional and online)
  • 6,265 students enrolled in traditional classes (in-person classes)
  • 13,711 students enrolled in online classes (distance learning)
  • Free student services for students including academic counseling, financial aid assistance, tutoring, math and writing centers, computer labs and a comprehensive library
Fall colors on the Sierra College Rocklin campus

Focusing on Student Success

Sierra College was named one of the country’s Top 150 U.S. Community Colleges (out of 1000+ institutions) by the Aspen Institute in 2025. 
Group of nurses at Health and Wellness Fair at Sierra College

Local Economic Impact

  • $193.3 million annual budget (2022/23)
  • 1,264 full and part-time faculty and staff
  • Internships and local employer job postings
  • Training our local fire, police and nurse workforce

Natural History Museum dinosaur display

Community Enrichment

  • Visit the Dietrich Theatre and Ridley Gallery for events, performances, concerts and exhibits
  • Attend public lectures and open forums on history, science, art and more
  • Cheer on the home team at athletic events
  • Read a book from our award-winning Sierra College Press, the first complete academic press operated by a community college in the United States
  • Explore dinosaurs, fossils, planetarium shows and more at our nationally-recognized Natural History Museum
Grand opening of the Makerspace on the Rocklin campus

Celebrating Innovation and Collaboration

The Sierra College Makerspace and Entrepreneurship Center opened April 2022 on the Rocklin Campus.
Students playing saxaphone during Sierra College campus event

Campus Life

Sierra College Wolverines red, black and white athletics logo


Note: Rankings are from 2022 NATYCAA All-Sports Championship

  • 18 intercollegiate teams
  • Sierra College athletes excel on the playing field and in the classroom
  • Ranked 1st in Northern California
  • Ranked 3rd in California
  • Ranked 9th in the United States
Pond at Sierra College Nevada County Campus


The Sierra Community College District covers more than 3,200 square miles. The District serves the Northern California foothill counties of Placer and Nevada as well as parts of El Dorado and Sacramento.