Academic Counseling

Academic Advising and Planning

Effective March 16, 2020, all appointments will be by phone and online (Zoom). For more information, visit Remote Resources for Students.

Academic Counseling

Streamline Your Educational Goals

Whether you are planning to earn an Associate Degree for Transfer to a four-year college or university or are completing a certificate, Sierra’s academic counselors can help. We offer online counseling, support programs and personal development courses to meet your academic goals. You should meet with a counselor every semester to ensure you are on track.

All counseling services are confidential except as mandated by law.

New Student

Welcome to your first year at Sierra College! We know that transitioning to college can be challenging. That’s why we require every new student to attend an online Career and Academic Planning (CAP) Session to help set you up for success.

During the CAP Session you will:

  • Identify your Interest Area/program of study
  • Find answers to commonly asked questions about financial aid
  • Receive tools and resources to help you consider your career choices so your educational and career goals will be easier to determine
  • Complete activities to prepare you for your first appointment with your counselor so you can begin creating your personalized MAP (My Academic Plan)

Start Your CAP Session

To get started, login to our online Career and Academic Planning Session, click "Enroll in the Course" button and follow the prompts.

If you'd like to view this session on your smartphone, download the Sierra College App and click the Canvas tile to get started.

NOTE: Before you start your Career and Academic Planning session, you must accept your Terms and Conditions in mySierra under "My Next Steps.

Login to CAP

Questions About CAP?

Call The Hub at (916) 660-7340 or email

Current Student

Consider meeting with an Academic Counselor to make sure you’re on the right track to meet your academic goals. Our counselors are available to meet in person or online through video chat.

During your counseling session you can:

Make an Appointment

Rocklin Campus
(916) 660-7400
Schedule an appointment online

Nevada County Campus
(530) 274-5303
Schedule an appointment online

Tahoe-Truckee Campus
(530) 550-2225


Academic Counseling Resources and Tools

Academic Renewals - Qualify to remove classes with poor grades
Advanced Placement Examination (AP) - AP credit applicability for Sierra, CSU and UC 
Career and Transfer Connections
- Receive career and transfer preparation help including finding internships and employment as well as connecting with 4-year universities.
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) - CLEP credit applicability for Sierra, CSU and UC
DegreeWorks - Degree audit program and academic advising tool
International Baccalaureate (IB) – Credit applicability for Sierra, CSU and UC
Support Programs - Individualized support for a variety of needs
Personal Development courses - Provide a broad foundation in academic, career and personal success strategies
Sierra Connect (Starfish) - Provides a way to refer students for academic assistance

Contact Academic and Personal Counseling

Online Academic Counseling Options

Online Video Counseling

Take advantage of our online counseling sessions to video chat one-on-one with an academic counselor. Submit an appointment request for Rocklin Campus or Nevada County Campus to schedule an online counseling session.

Ask a Counselor Chat

Ask general counseling-related questions by using our instant message chat button located in the lower right corner of the academic counseling page. All potential and current students are welcome to use this feature.

Email Counseling

Email counseling is available to all Sierra College students. If your question is complex or if you want to process a dismissal petition, you may be asked to schedule an in-person counseling appointment. Find out more about how to email counseling.


Rocklin Campus L 150

  • Phone: (916) 660-7400
  • Fax: (916) 630-4510
  • Fall and Spring Hours
    M-Th: 8:00am - 5:30pm
    F: 8:00am - 5:00pm

    Title IX: Sexual and Domestic Violence Support Number 916-660-8400. Hours M-F: 8am to 5pm.

Nevada County Campus N1 216

  • Phone: (530) 274-5303
  • Fax: (530) 274-5336
  • Fall and Spring Hours
    M-Th: 8:30am - 5:30pm
    F: 8:30am - 12:00pm

    Title IX: Sexual and Domestic Violence Support Number 916-660-8400. Hours M-F 8 to 5

Tahoe-Truckee Campus 105

  • Phone: (530) 550-2225
  • Fax: (530) 550-2229
  • Fall and Spring Hours
    M-Th: 9:00am - 6:30pm
    F: 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Online scheduling not available for this campus; In-person visits by appointment only.