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 Thursday January 15th between 9:00 – 11:30 am. 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.

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 Spring 2015

Thursday, January 15th
9:00am - 11:30am Residence Halls Open for New Student Move-in: Patterson Hall Lobby
9:00am - 11:30am Admissions Check-in: Patterson Hall Lobby
Meet Representatives from Admissions, IT Help Desk, Student Activities, & Student Government
9:00am - 11:30am Placement Testing: Tutoring Center on the 3rd Floor of Prim Library
You must complete placement testing prior to attending Orientation activities.
11:30am - 1:00pm Complimentary Lunch with Interim President Shannon Beets, Faculty & Staff: Patterson Dining Hall
1:00pm - 5:00pm Orientation Checklist Completion:

  1. Check-in with Financial Aid
  2. Registrar’s Office
    a. Registration
    b. Student ID’s
    c. Check-in with Student Accounts
1:00pm - 4:30pm Advising Sessions: Prim Library
1:00pm - 1:30pm Student Life Information Session for Parents: Patterson Hall Rm.207
3:30pm - 5:00pm Late Placement Testing: Prim Library-Tutoring Center
Available for students who did not complete testing in the morning.
5:00pm - 9:00pm Pizza, Ice Skating & S’Mores at Northstar-at-Tahoe: Meet in Patterson Hall Lobby dressed in warm clothes. Pizza and s’mores will be provided.
Friday, January 16th
9:00am - 5:00pm Residence Halls Open for RETURNING Student Move-in: Patterson Lobby
9:00am - 11:00am MANDATORY New Student Orientation Sessions and Continental Breakfast: Patterson Hall Room 207

  • Session #1 What It Means to be an Eagle and Student Activities with Will Hoida
  • Session #2 Student Life with Lizzie Thibodeau and Aaron Zendner
  • Session #3 Academic Policies and SNCSIS with Jane Rainwater
  • Session #4 Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and SNCSIS with Nicole Ferguson, Maia Rowland, and Annamarie Jones
  • Session #5 IT Connectivity, Email, Printers, and SNCSIS w/ Forest Goodman
11:00am - 5:00pm Orientation Checklist Completion:

  1. Check-in with Financial Aid
  2. Registrar’s Office
    a. Registration
    b. Student ID’s
  3. Check-in with Student Accounts
11:30am - 6:30pm Burritos & Boarding at Boreal: Meet in Patterson Hall Lobby with your ski or snowboarding gear. T’s Burrito’s will be provided for lunch.
5:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner: Patterson Dining Hall