Building for the Future…Ours and Yours

On Campus

Sierra Nevada College’s campus fosters a vibrant community, actively engaged in learning and living.

Upcoming Events

Haunted Virginia City Tour
Meet in Patterson Lobby

October 22, 11:00am – 4:00pm

Student Harvest Market
Patterson Hall

October 24, 11:00am – 3:00pm

October 5 – November 17
"Cabin-Time: Eastern Sierras"

October 18 – December 1
"Laid Me Out"

October 22, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Haunted Virginia City Tour

October 22, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Hiking the Flume Trail

October 24, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Student Harvest Market

The campus takes full advantage of our spectacular location, tucked between the shore of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada high country.

Tall windows, open plan layouts, and exposed timber bring our natural environment indoors. Facilities include two residence halls, a dining hall, and a spacious open-plan library.

Prim Library at the SNC Tahoe campus is a quiet study zone and plenty of book sources for all area of study

Prim Library

The library has more than 30,000 books, and documents, as well as access to extensive online resources, including periodical databases, EBSCO full-text journal articles and eBooks, the Gale Virtual Reference Library, and research guides. There are areas for both quiet study and collaboration, public use computers with internet access, and printers, and a walk-in tutoring center. The building also houses Undergraduate Admissions, administrative offices, classrooms, faculty offices, and the IT department.

The Poetry Center focuses on contemporary American poetry, with readings, workshops, and a collection of over 2,500 rare and hard to find volumes.


The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences

The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences actively integrates sustainability into the college community’s daily life. Sierra Nevada College and UC Davis have partnered on this LEED certified building containing spacious classrooms, laboratories, and offices. UC Davis’s Tahoe Science Center, a locus for research into solutions for the problems created by developmental pressures on fragile ecosystems, provides internship opportunities for SNC Tahoe science students.


Patterson Dining Hall

The dining hall serves delicious, fresh food, with vegetarian and vegan options at every meal, salad bar and grill, housemade desserts, and recipes from around the world. Locally sourced food is used when possible.

Bachelor of Fine Arts student works with an old school printing press at the Holman Arts & Media Center at SNC Tahoe

Holman Arts & Media Center

HAMC’s large, open studios and up-to-date audio, video, and digital arts labs provide ample resources for students to explore their artistic practice, from traditional genres to performance art and new media.  The five exhibition spaces on campus – three in HAMC and two in Prim – bring cutting edge exhibitions to enrich the visual and intellectual environment on campus, and give students ample opportunities to showcase their own work.

SNC Tahoe Students exit Prim-Schultz dorm hall, which offers students private bathrooms, lounges, and high-speed internet

The Residence Halls

The Campbell-Friedman and Prim-Schultz are more a safe place to sleep at night! All dorm residents have access to lounge and game rooms, wireless internet, cable hook-up, vending machines, laundry machines, private bathrooms, lockers for extra storage, and a personal mailbox.

Digital Arts students connect drawing pads to their laptops to see their drawing skills come to life

It’s a Wired World

The entire campus is covered by a wireless network with high-speed (T1) internet access. Most offices, classrooms, and dorm rooms also have direct Ethernet ports. The IT infrastructure provides network accounts, email services, and printer access. Students are expected to bring their own laptops. Free student subscriptions to Microsoft Office software is available through your student email.