Welcome to SNC

The administration, staff, and faculty of Sierra Nevada College extend our warmest welcome to our new students! We are here to help make your collegiate experience an exciting, educational, and enjoyable one.


Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration, which runs on campus from August 11th – 13th, is required for all new students.

Arrival Dates & Times

All new incoming students should arrive on campus on Monday, AUGUST 11th between 9:00am – 3:00pm. All students taking placement exams should arrive promptly at 9:00am. If you are unsure if you will be taking a placement exam, please call the Admissions Office or check your VIP checklist.  Students must submit a nonrefundable $150 deposit and the Admit Student Reply Form before they will be mailed an orientation and advising packet.

Tahoe or Wilderness Orientation?

Join your classmates in exploring your new neighborhood – the pristine alpine environment of the Lake Tahoe Basin. SNC’s Tahoe and Wilderness Orientation programs, which run immediately after SOAR from August 14th – 17th, are not mandatory but are highly recommended for all new students. Meet new friends and ease the transition into college life and the unique opportunities of an SNC education. $100 covers all costs and equipment.

Sorry – the Tahoe and Wilderness Orientation programs are full for Fall 2014.

Getting Here

By Air: The Reno-Tahoe International Airport is the closest commercial airport, approximately 30 miles from SNC. The North Lake Tahoe Express provides scheduled shuttle service, reserve in advance.

Driving Directions: click HERE

SOAR Fall 2014

Monday, August 11th
9:00am - 3:00pm Residence Halls Open for New Student Move-In: Patterson Hall Lobby
Breakfast available from 8:30am-11:00am in Patterson Hall
9:00am - 3:00pm Admissions Check-In: Patterson Hall Lobby
Get your welcome packet, IT Help Desk staff available for laptop connectivity
9:30am - 2:30pm Placement Testing: Prim Library 3rd floor, Rm. 304
Students must complete placement testing before moving into the dorm!
10:15 & 11:00am SNC Campus Tours: Patterson Hall Lobby
11:45am - 2:00pm Lunch: Patterson Dining Hall
2:00 - 3:00pm SNC Active Learning Workshops: Patterson Lawn
Explore the 4 Core Themes through a series of team building activities led by current students highlighting SNC’s focus on active learning!
2:00 - 3:00pm Parents Information Session on Student Life: Patterson Hall Rm. 207
With Lizzie Thibodeau (Residence Life), Maia Rowland (Student Accounts) and Annamarie Jones (Campus Store)
3:30 - 4:00pm MANDATORY! SNC Welcome Address: Campbell - Friedman Lawn
President, Dr. Lynn Gillette; Executive Vice President and Provost, Shannon Beets
4:00 - 6:00pm Eagles Have Landed BBQ and Mixer: Patterson Hall, Lawn, and Patio
Come meet staff, faculty and other students from your department and enjoy some free BBQ!
(Parents Dismissed following the mixer)
6:00 - 8:30pm Roller Skating & S’Mores at Northstar-at-Tahoe: Meet at Patterson Lobby
Bring a warm coat and water bottle.
9:00 - 9:30pm Ice Cream Social & Meet your Residence Assistant (RA): On your dorm floor
Tuesday, August 12th
7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast: Patterson Dining Hall
9:00 - 11:45am MANDATORY New Student Orientation Sessions: Meet in Patterson Hall and BRING YOUR LAPTOP!

  • Session #1 (PA 213): Financial Aid, Student Accounts, SNCSIS, Textbooks with V.P. Nicole Ferguson, Maia Rowland, Annamarie Jones
  • Session #2 (PA 207): What It Means to be an Eagle & Student Activities with Dean Will Hoida and SGA President Aaron Weiner
  • Session #3 (Patterson Hall): Student Life with Lizzie Thibodeau
  • Session #4 (PL 320): IT Connectivity, Email, Printers, SNCSIS with Forest Goodman and Steve Hamilton
  • Session #5 (PL 214): Academic Policies with Rose Beenk and Jane Rainwater
noon - 12:30pm SNC Scavenger Hunt: Meet in Patterson Lobby, ends at Ski Beach
Meet your Orientation Session Group to compete as a team in the scavenger hunt.
12:30 - 3:00pm Student Government Association Beach BBQ at Ski Beach
3:00 - 5:00pm Late Placement Testing: Prim Library, Room 304
5:00 - 7:00pm Dinner: Patterson Hall
6:00 - 9:00pm Capture the Flag: Patterson Lawn
Wednesday, August 13th
7:30am - 9:00am Breakfast: Patterson Hall
9:00am - 4:00pm MANDATORY Advising, Registration, & Complete Orientation Checklist: Complete all Orientation checklist items TODAY! Students who registered for classes during the summer will not have an advising appointment; however, if you wish to meet with your advisor, please contact the admissions office.
9:00am - 11:00am Transfer / Make-Up Student Orientation Sessions: TCES 139/141. BRING YOUR LAPTOP!

  • Session #1: Financial Aid, Student Accounts, SNCSIS, Textbooks with V.P. Nicole Ferguson, Maia Rowland, Annamarie Jones
  • Session #2: Student Life & Student Activities with Will Hoida and Lizzie Thibodeau
  • Session #3: Academic Policies with Rose Beenk and Jane Rainwater
  • Session #4: IT Connectivity, Email, Printers, SNCSIS with Forest Goodman and Steve Hamilton
9:00am - 12:30pm Late Arrival Placement Testing: Prim Library 1st Floor
11:45am - 2:00pm Lunch: Patterson Dining Hall
12:30 - 4:30pm Tie-Dye: Patterson Lawn and Patio
Design and create your own SNC gear to wear for Tahoe and Wilderness Orientation! Bring or buy additional items from the Campus Store to tie-dye if you like.
4:00 - 5:00pm Break into Smaller Groups for Wilderness & Tahoe Orientation: Patterson and Campbell-Friedman Lawns
Join your group for introductions and trip orientation.
5:00 - 6:00pm Dinner: Patterson Hall.
Thursday, August 14th - Sunday August 17th