Tuesday September 02, 2014 | SNC Achieves Record Enrollment and National Ranking
Sierra Nevada College has enrolled its second largest freshman class in the College’s history and achieved a retention rate of 92.5% from spring to fall semester among those undergraduate students eligible to return. During the past week, 549 degree-seeking undergraduate students began classes, including 186 new students and 363 returning students. The residence halls are full! SNC’s total enrollment now stands at 1,030, including enrollment in the Teacher Education Program – offering a Master of Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching – and in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
Lynn Gillette, Sierra Nevada College President
These enrollment statistics reflect the College’s growing prominence, including inclusion in four recent regional and national rankings. SNC has recently been recognized as: Greenest College in Nevada, 100 Best U.S. Colleges and Universities by State, Highest Graduation Rate by State, and 2013-2014 Colleges of Distinction. “We are proud of all of these designations; each one expresses a key aspect of who we are and what we stand for,” said Gillette. “In particular, the recognition as a College of Distinction goes to the heart of our teaching and learning environment.”
Employers and graduate schools value the outstanding preparation that these schools offer, Colleges of Distinction notes. “Clearly, we are located in one of the most beautiful places on earth,” commented Gillette. “When you couple this stellar physical environment that we integrate into our overall educational experience, with our commitment to academic excellence and active learning, it is incredibly unique and very attractive to a seventeen-year-old who wants to live and learn in Lake Tahoe. It also makes sense to parents who want to insure their child receives an education at a school that transforms students’ lives and prepares them for great jobs or graduate school and a great life.”