Students relax between classes outside Patterson Dining Hall at Sierra Nevada University

Campus Life


Think about it. A national forest. The shoulders of the big, bad Sierra rising up outside your door. And, oh yeah, the shores of Lake Tahoe just a couple of blocks down the road. Could college life get any better?

Your days at SNU – a top outdoor adventure college – will be ones you long remember for their closeness, camaraderie, and thrills as well as an excellent academic community. And our campus, amenities, and activities are designed to make those moments happen.

Dean of Students Will Hoida led a group of students backcountry skiing in the Tahoe Basin

Outdoor Adventure

One-of-a-kind adventures
in a one-of-a-kind place.

Student Activities

There's always something going on around SNU.

SNU Tahoe Outdoor Adventures takes students on hike on the Flume Trail that runs above Incline Village

Life in Lake Tahoe

If you want to get out and explore there will be no shortage of opportunities here.

Whether you live in an on-campus residence-hall room with a private bath, or off-campus in the village, you will be member of an energetic, close-knit, can-do academic community where everyone knows your name and supports your growth.

And what’s an introduction to campus life without some of discussion of food? Our cafeteria, to put it simply, rules. No two ways about. Delicious daily specials, soups, a salad bar, and a cooked-to-order grill. And the convenient, rustic setting of our dining hall makes every meal feel like an adventure.

The Walkway to Wisdom at Sierra Nevada University is the pathway to all the campus buildings, and finishes beneath the clock tower

On Campus

Building for the Future…Ours and Yours

Student Clubs

Clubs are one of the best ways for students to be active on campus. Clubs partner with a faculty advisor and community partner to help fulfill the mission, vision, fundraising and activities of the club.

2018-19 Student Government for SNU Tahoe

Student Government Association (SGA)

Student Government Association (SGA) exists to be the official voice of the student body at Sierra Nevada University.

Speaking of adventure, there’s always something eye-opening happening on campus: film festivals, cultural events, group hikes, beach outings, lectures, poetry slams, talent nights, and special-interest clubs for everything from Sustainability and Golf to LGBT Pride and Rock Climbing.

Off-campus, local hotel-resorts regularly host concerts and other big-name performances, plus the shopping, nightlife, and international airport of Reno are just 35 minutes away.

Items from an exhibition by artist Lawrence LaBianca in the Tahoe Gallery at Sierra Nevada University


Four on campus galleries showcase progressive artists whose work ranges from traditional practices to new media, site-specific, and performance art.

Writers in the Woods Literary Speaker Series

Writers in the Woods brings exciting authors from across the country to campus for intimate readings and workshops.

Patterson Hall clock tower

The Siebens-Binz SNU Tahoe Forum

Bringing inspiring public figures
from across the globe.