There’s nothing passive or conventional about life at SNC. Our status as Nevada’s only accredited, private, four-year institution, and our location high in the Sierra, on the shores of legendary Lake Tahoe, all but guarantee that.

Action is in our DNA. Everything we do is dedicated to moving lives and learning forward, to engaging students and helping them become confident, collaborative critical thinkers who are uniquely prepared to thrive in the real world. Four core themes define us: Entrepreneurial Thinking, Professional Preparedness, Liberal Arts, and Sustainability. And we bring these themes to life for every student through active learning processes that foster problem solving, teamwork, and innovation. It’s a culture of competition where students learn to think on their feet, to communicate persuasively, and become active participants in their education.

Our Mission

The following was created in collaboration with campus leadership and faculty, to guide and inform the values and goals of our college.
It affirms the commitment of our faculty, staff, students, and community members to providing an education of the highest possible quality:

Sierra Nevada College graduates will be
educated to be 
scholars of and
contributors to a sustainable world.
Sierra Nevada College combines
the liberal arts and professional
preparedness through an interdisciplinary
curriculum that emphasizes
entrepreneurial thinking and
environmental, social, economic
and educational sustainability. 

At Sierra Nevada College, we are committed to active learning.

Your education is a collaborative partnership between you, your teachers, and the College as a whole. Real learning comes when you are fully engaged in your own education – not passively sitting in a lecture hall taking notes for the next exam. At SNC, we spend an enormous amount of time thinking about how to make learning come alive for each of you, and to fully prepare you for the lifetime of opportunities and challenges that you will have after you leave here.