The administration, staff, and faculty of Sierra Nevada College extend our warmest welcome to our new students! We are here to help make your collegiate experience an exciting, educational, and enjoyable one.

New Student Orientation


Welcome to SNC


Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration, which runs on campus from August 10th – 12th, is required for all new students.

Arrival Dates & Times

All new incoming students should arrive on campus on Monday August 10th between 9:00 – 11:30 am. All students taking placement exams should arrive promptly at 9:00am. If you are unsure if you will be taking a placement exam, please call the Admissions Office or check your VIP checklist.  Students must submit a nonrefundable $150 deposit and the Admit Student Reply Form before they will be mailed an orientation and advising packet.

Tahoe or Wilderness Orientation

Join your classmates in exploring your new neighborhood – the pristine alpine environment of the Lake Tahoe Basin. SNC’s Tahoe and Wilderness Orientation programs, which run immediately after SOAR from August 12th – 16th, are not mandatory but are highly recommended for all new students. Meet new friends and ease the transition into college life and the unique opportunities of an SNC education. $100 covers all costs and equipment.

Getting Here

By Air: The Reno-Tahoe International Airport is the closest commercial airport, approximately 30 miles from SNC. The North Lake Tahoe Express provides scheduled shuttle service, reserve in advance.

Driving Directions: click HERE

SOAR Fall 2015

Monday, August 10th
9:00am - 3:00pmAdmissions Check-in: Patterson Hall Lobby
Get your welcome packet, IT Help Desk staff available for laptop connectivity
9:00am - 3:00pmResidence Halls Open for New Student Move-in: Patterson Hall Lobby
Breakfast available from 8:30am-11:00am in Patterson Hall
9:30am - 2:30pmPlacement Testing: Prim Library, 3rd Floor, Office 304
Students must complete placement testing before moving into the residence halls
10:15 & 11:00amSNC Tahoe Campus Tours: Patterson Hall Lobby
1:00pm - 2:00pmWilderness and Tahoe Orientation Check-In: Please stop by the check-in table in Patterson Lobby if registered for one of these two programs to receive an itinerary and ask any questions
2:00pm- 3:00pmSNC Active Learning Workshops: Patterson Lawn
Explore the 4 Core Themes through a series of team building activities led by current students highlighting SNC's focus on active learning!
2:00pm- 3:00pmStudent Life Information Session for Parents: Patterson Hall Room 207 with Lizzy Thibodeau, Maia Rowland, Jenn Johnson, James Uyeda and Annamarie Jones
3:30pm- 4:00pmSNC Presidential Welcome Address: Campbell-Friedman Lawn
4:00pm- 6:00pmEagles Have Landed BBQ and Mixer: Patterson Hall, Lawn, and Patio
Come meet staff, faculty, and other students from your department and enjoy some free BBQ!
(Parents dismissed following the mixer)
6:00pm-8:30pmRoller Skating & S'Mores at Northstar-at-Tahoe: Meet at Patterson Hall Lobby and bring a warm coat and water bottle.
9:00pm-9:30pmIce Cream Social & Meet your Residence Advisor (RA): On your dorm floor
Tuesday, August 11th
7:30am-9:00amBreakfast: Patterson Hall
9:00am-12:30pmMANDATORY New Student Orientation Sessions: Meet in Patterson Hall and bring your laptop!

  • Session #1 (PA 213): Financial Aid, Student Accounts, SNCSIS, and Textbooks with Vice Principal Nicole Ferguson, Maia Rowland, and Annamarie Jones
  • Session #2 (PA 207): What it Means to be an Eagle with Dean Will Hoida
  • Session #3 (Patterson Hall): Student Life with Lizzie Thibodeau
  • Session #4 (Patterson Hall): Fire Department and Sheriff's Department Introductions
  • Session #5 (PL 213): Academic Policies with Rose Beenk and Jane Rainwater
  • Session #6 (PL 214): Title IX with Holly Atkins
  • Session #7 (PL 320): IT Connectivity, Email, Printers, and SNCSIS with Forest Goodman
12:30pm-1:00pmSNC Tahoe Scavanger Hunt: Meets in Patterson Hall Lobby, ends at Ski Beach
Meet your Orientation Session Group to complete as a team in the scavenger hunt
1:00pm-3:00pmStudent Government Association Beach BBQ at Ski Beach: Enjoy a free BBQ, paddle boarding, beach volleyball, and other lawn games right on Lake Tahoe courtesy of your SGA!
3:00pm-5:00pmLate Placement Testing: Prim Library, Room 304
5:00pm-7:00pmDinner: Patterson Hall
6:00pm-9:00pmTie-Dye & Capture the Flag: Patterson Lawn and Patio. Design and create your own SNC gear to wear for Tahoe and Wilderness Orientation! Bring or buy additional items from the student store to tie-dye if you'd like!
Wednesday, August 12th
7:30am-9:30amBreakfast: Patterson Hall
9:00am-4:00pmAdvising, Registration, & Complete Orientation Checklist: Complete all Orientation checklist items TODAY! Students who registered for classes during the summer will not have an advising appointment; however, if you wish to meet with your advisor, please contact the admissions office.
9:00am-11:30amTransfer/Make-Up Student Orientation Sessions: TCES 139/141
Please bring your laptop!
Session #1: Financial Aid, Student Accounts, SNCSIS and Textbooks with Vice President Nicole Ferguson, Annamarie Jones, and Maia Rowland
Session #2: Student Life and Student Activities with Will Hoida and Elizabeth Thibodeau
Session #3: Academic Policies with Rose Beenk and Jane Rainwater
Session #4: IT Connectivity, Email, Printers, SNCSIS with Forest Goodman and Steve Hamilton
Session #5: Title IX with Holly Atkins
9:00am-12:30pmLate Arrival Placement Testing: Prim Library 1st Floor
11:45am-2:00pmLunch: Patterson Dining Hall
1:00pm-3:00pmRock Climbing at High Altitude Fitness: Come Check out our local climbing gym. Bring your shoes and harness if you have one or you can borrow them from the college. Sign up for a session that doesn't conflict with your advising appointment.
4:00pm-5:00pmMeet and Break into Wilderness and Tahoe Orientation Groups: Meet on Patterson & Campbell-Friedman Lawns
5:00pm-7:00pmDinner: Patterson Hall