Building for the Future…Ours and Yours

On Campus

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

The campus architecture takes full advantage of our spectacular location, tucked between the shore of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Range high country, with tall windows, open plan layouts, and exposed timber to bring our natural environment indoors.

Facilities include two residence halls, a dining hall, and a spacious open-plan library alongside classrooms and offices. The Science department is housed in the Tahoe Center for the Environmental Sciences, a world-class research center for programs to protect the quality and future of environmentally-threatened lakes and watersheds, and the first LEED platinum certified laboratory building in the U.S. The Fine Arts department recently moved into new digs in The Holman Arts & Media Center, with updated digital resources and an open floorplan to encourage interdisciplinary interaction and collaboration.


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 quite study and collaboration, available computers (with internet access) and printing, and a walk-in tutoring center. The Poetry Center focuses on contemporary American poetry, with events, readings, and workshops, and a collection of over 2,500 rare and hard to find volumes.

The building also houses Undergraduate Admissions, administrative offices, classrooms, faculty offices, and the IT department.


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, as well as the Tahoe Science Center.  The 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 also 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.