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

Sierra Cloud Catamaran Trip
Meet in Patterson Lobby

August 23, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

August 4 – September 15

August 16 – August 20
Tahoe & Wilderness Orientation Fall 2017

August 21
Fall Semester Start

August 22, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Outdoor Adventures Fall '17 Kickoff Meeting

August 22, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
SGA Club Information Session

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

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.


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.


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.


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.