Academic Counseling

Academic Advising and Planning

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 a Career and Academic Planning Session to help set you up for success.

During the Career and Academic Planning Session you will:

  • Determine your stage of career development
  • Learn how your academic goals will help you reach your career goals
  • Determine your classes by creating a Student Educational Plan (SEP)
  • Learn about the next steps to further your career planning

Before You Register for Career and Academic Planning Session

Prior to your Career and Academic Planning Session, you will need to accept the college terms and conditions in mySierra and submit your transcripts. These steps are required to attend.

Make an Appointment

Rocklin Campus
(916) 660-7300

Nevada CountyCampus
(530) 274-5303

Tahoe/Truckee Campus
(530) 550-2225

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 CountyCampus
(530) 274-5303
Schedule an appointment online

Tahoe/Truckee Campus
(530) 550-2225


Academic Counseling Resources and Tools

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

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. Call the Rocklin or Nevada County campus to schedule an online counseling session. Please note: this service is not for new students. Find out more and schedule your appointment.

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
  • Summer Hours
    M-Th: 8:00am - 5:30pm

    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
  • Summer Hours
    M-Th: 8:30am - 5:30pm

    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
  • Summer Hours
    M-Th: 9:00am - 4:30pm

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