The SNC Admissions Team has a holistic approach in determining whether our liberal arts college is the right educational choice for you. We review your overall high school grade performance, the difficulty of your school’s curriculum, and SAT or ACT test scores (we do not prefer one above the other). We pay special attention to your personal statement, academic letter(s) of recommendation, and leadership in your school and community. Though an interview is not required, we encourage you to visit SNC and talk with us in person.
SNC is looking for future student leaders. We will consider your application for standard acceptance if you have a minimum 2.6 cumulative Grade Point Average from all semesters of high school to date. If you have a 2.8 GPA or higher, you will automatically be considered for a merit-based scholarship. After we review your GPA and test scores, we put the official paperwork aside and look at the real you. It’s important that you give us as much information as possible to gain a true picture of who you are.
In reviewing your official transcript, we require that you have successfully completed a college preparatory curriculum. Typically, this includes four years of English, three years of mathematics (including two years of algebra and one of geometry), two years of social studies, and two years of laboratory science; two years of a foreign language are encouraged but not required. You are required to provide proof of a high school diploma or equivalent before the first day of classes.
We recognize that special circumstances may prevent students from achieving their full potential during high school. If your cumulative GPA has fallen below a 2.6, you may be considered for provisional acceptance. It is important that you provide as much information as possible to help us understand your unique situation. Students may also be considered for provisional acceptance if their Math or Critical Reading score on the SAT is below a 400 or ACT comprehensive score is below 19.
Admission Process for Freshman Applicants
The Admissions process can be intimidating for some students and families, particularly if you are the first in your family to apply to college. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions. During the fall semester, the Admissions staff is traveling to college fairs and high schools all over the country – feel free to drop by a fair to chat in person or ask your guidance counselor if an SNC representative will be visiting your school.
Students are considered a freshman applicant if they are attending college after receiving a high school diploma (or equivalency), or college students who have earned less than 15 credits. Students who have taken college coursework during high school are considered freshman applicants; however, transfer credit may be given. There is no fee to apply, and admission is considered on a rolling status based on space availability.
To be considered for admission, an applicant must submit:
- A completed and signed application, including personal statement
- An official high school transcript
- SAT or ACT scores
- The College Board CEEB Code is 4757
- School Report Form or Letter of Recommendation on school letterhead completed by applicant’s guidance counselor or teacher.
Optional: We encourage all students to visit our beautiful campus at Lake Tahoe. Click here to schedule a campus tour.
Honors Program Admission
Incoming freshman students with a 3.5 GPA and/or scores of 1250 combined on the SAT I or 28 on the ACT are eligible to apply for the Honors Program. Once accepted, a student’s GPA must not fall below a 3.50 for two consecutive semesters if the student wishes to remain eligible for the program.
Important Dates and Deadlines
SNC Admissions serves students on a rolling basis and we accept applications until the week prior to the fall or spring semester. However, we encourage serious applicants to follow these deadlines.
|Spring and Fall 2014 Applications Open||Aug 1, 2013|
|Fall Preview||Nov 8, 2013|
|Early Application Deadline||Nov 30, 2013|
|Spring 2014 Application Deadline||Jan 24, 2014|
|Non-Refundable Spring 2014 Tuition and Housing Deposit Due||Jan 15, 2014|
|Spring 2014 Orientation (Mandatory for all Spring 2014 students)||Jan 15-17, 2014|
|Classes begin Spring 2014||Jan 21, 2014|
|Spring Preview||Mar 28, 2014|
|Priority Application Deadline||Mar 29, 2014|
|Spring Open House||April 25, 2014|
|Non-Refundable Fall 2014 Tuition and Housing Deposit Due||May 1, 2014|
|Fall 2014 Orientation begins (Mandatory for all Fall 2014 students)||Aug 11, 2014|
|Classes begin Fall 2014||Aug 18, 2014|
Home-schooled students must submit a curriculum list and course descriptions. In addition, home-schooled students must submit an SAT or ACT score report and must also take two SAT subject tests, one in mathematics and one in English Literature or History.
Admission with a General Education Development Degree (G.E.D.)
A G.E.D. is accepted in place of a regular high school diploma. However, applicants with a G.E.D. receive close scrutiny to determine if they have the appropriate academic experience to succeed at Sierra Nevada College. Applicants must have a minimum score of 50 in each sub-category. Applicants with a G.E.D. must include a detailed personal essay discussing why they left school, and why they wish to enroll at Sierra Nevada College. We also require an official ACT or SAT score report. A personal interview with a member of the Admission staff may be required.