Building for the Future…Ours and Yours

On Campus

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

Facilities include two residence halls, a dining hall, a campus store, and a spacious open-plan library alongside classrooms and offices. The Tahoe Center for the Environmental Sciences, the first LEED platinum certified laboratory building in the U.S., is a world-class center for research and education supporting programs to protect the quality and future of environmentally-threatened lakes and watersheds. The Holman Arts & Media Center’s open design encouraging interdisciplinary interaction and collaboration.

Prim Library 

Prim Library

The Prim Library opened in August 2004. It holds more than 30,000 books, documents, and other items from the former MacLean Library with additional new resource materials.

Faculty offices and classrooms have direct Ethernet or wireless access to the campus network. The residence halls also have direct Ethernet or wireless access to the network with additional ports located in the lounges and study areas. The campus network provides accounts, email services, and Internet access. The College has high-speed Internet access (over T1 lines). Students are expected to bring their own computer and laptop.

Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences

The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences

The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, a collaborative project with UC Davis, the Desert Research Institute, The RAND Corporation, and Carnegie Mellon University, broke ground in May 2005 and opened in October 2006. The facility provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to associate with and study under some of the leading scientists in the fields of environmental science and environmental policy.

Patterson Hall Dining

Dining Facilities

Patterson Dining Hall provides students with a wide selection of meals daily. The Redfield Cafe, located in TCES, offers a wide variety of express sandwiches and salads, as well as your favorite espresso drinks and proudly  brews Peet’s Coffee. Join our frequent buyer’s club for the opportunity to win free Eagle Dollars.


Evelyn and Rodney Smallwood Campus Store

Located on the first floor of Prim Library, the Evelyn and Rodney Smallwood Campus Store carries textbooks and related materials for SNC classes, insignia items, school and office supplies, art supplies, gift items and snacks.