Located on the shores of Lake Tahoe in the heart of the Sierra Nevada, SNC is Nevada’s only accredited private four-year college.

With a focus on four core themes (entrepreneurial thinking, professional preparedness, liberal arts and sustainability), Sierra Nevada College is committed to using active learning and fostering a culture of competition to guide students to think on their feet, communicate persuasively, and acquire the higher-order thinking skills necessary to thrive in the real world.

Our faculty discuss Active Learning and our Culture of Competition in this issue of the SNC Magazine.

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.


Our Mission Statement

Our mission statement was created collaboratively with our campus leadership and faculty, who deeply believe in the values and goals it reflects. The mission statement guides and informs the commitment Sierra Nevada College faculty, staff, students, and community members have to the quality education we strive to provide:

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.