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  • 10/26/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 1 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who love the mountains and enjoy a small school environment will love it here!

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the campus, it's gorgeous! I am not a student there so I don't really have much more than that.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a private school and it can be pricey but there are a lot of institutional scholarships available. Also surprisingly a lot of little extras are free like parking, paper for printing, passes to the nearby fitness center and as I mentioned earlier, the outdoor adventure trips. It may not seem like a lot but those things can add up quickly at other colleges,especially if you get parking tickets and before you know it you could paying private school prices for public school.

    Will enjoy being here

    They have a lot of outdoor adventure programs that are free or cost very little including shopping trips to San Francisco, Snowboarding/Skiing, and summer activities like rafting and fishing trips. I also found that a lot of students call their teachers by their first name.

    Will learn a lot

    This school is very small and therefore very hands on. They give you a well rounded education in business, entrepreneurship, and some arts and sciences,even though your major may not necessarily involve those subjects. They like to give a very broad education so that you can leave college able to succeed in either getting a job in your field or creating one.

  • 11/30/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 2 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Will enjoy being here

    I will enjoy being here because it looks like a nice learning enviroment, and not only do they have ski resorts close but you can also go skiing there and snowboarding.

    Will learn a lot

    I think that I will learn a lot about business and how to run one and about all the financial aspects would be needed in runnin a business

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 3 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe town. Campus has security at night.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    We are not sort on activities at all, as I have mentioned. We do also offer a variety of clubs and it isn't hard to get one going!

    Great for these types of students

    SNC is great for students who want a small school setting with small classes. It is also the perfect school for outdoors people or people big into skiing!

    Bang for the buck

    The school is pricey but almost all school trips are at little to no cost the the students above tuition! Trips like... Six Flags, White Water Rafting, and two formal dances a year!

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do at SNC! Between the school trips, location near San Francisco, Reno, and Sacramento, and the Lake Tahoe Basin you will never be short on things to do!

    Food and Dining

    The food gets old by the end of the year but as far as dinning hall food goes its better than most. There is also always a vegetarian option!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! The housing staff works hard to make the dorms feel like a home! Each room has its own bathroom and they are quite large!

    Academic Rigor

    The professors challenge you to be active in your own education. They ask you to be involved and engaged in classes. However, the homework load in to too much. You will still have time for skiing, boarding, and any other outdoor activities!

    Tips for prospective students

    Communicate with your admissions counselor! They are friendly, helpful, and most have graduated from SNC. Also, should you choose to attend, get involved! The campus is small and SNC is a very tight community so it is easy to get to know everyone very quickly!

    In three sentences

    SNC Is a truly unique four year private liberal arts college! With solid professors experienced in their fields, you can't beat the education. With the schools location being in Lake Tahoe you can also enjoy the best recreation of the Sierras!

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 4 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The college is very safe, thats all I can say.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many differnt kinds of clubs and activies that go on.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for anykinds of students.

    What to do for fun

    I like going on class trips and hanging out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The college food is great, many different kinds to pick from and changes everyday.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are always good clean, I enjoy it and would think that anyone else would too.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are great and the teachers really help and under stand you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Your up for many changes and meeting new people.

    In three sentences

    Sierra Nevada College has change my life in many ways. I love the college because its its a great place. I would tell other students about this college.

  • 05/31/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 4 people found this review useful. 5 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those that are interested in snow sports industry as a career

  • 03/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 4 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 6 of 12

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    skiing,snowboard,climbing.kayaking.hiking,biking, anything and everything

    Food and Dining

    smells good

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in a dorm

    Tips for prospective students

    take Lynn Gillette

    In three sentences

    It's a great school. you get toons of one on one, and they really push you to excel.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 7 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very very safe and small.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are alot of clubs. like Clay club, native american club, first generation club, sustianability club, and thats all i can think about.

    Great for these types of students

    Out Door enthusiasts, art people, environmental people, there are a lot of foreign exchange students, inquisative alternative thinkers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The orientation at the beginning of the year is a back packing trip around the mountains.... its rad!!!

    Bang for the buck

    The life style is perfect for college studies, you are given a very involve, intensive, exciting, experiential learning experience at SNC.

    What to do for fun

    Ski, Snowboard, hike, epic bike packing, Mountain bike, beach in the summer, south lake for casino and music. It is a very beautiful place to live.

    Food and Dining

    It is not the greatest. brought to you by sodexo, which is not Eco- friendly.

    Dorm Life

    Nice dorms. all equipped with room furniture, Internet, heated floors. i hear its a typical door set up.

    Academic Rigor

    Its an unfolding process of progression. The semester builds upon its self really well. you have to work though there is no doubt about it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for snow. If you like to snowboard or ski, beaches in the summer, this is the spot. The resources in the community are limited, that makes finding work a bit tough.

    In three sentences

    SNC is a great Liberal Arts College. It deliveres the true essance of learning, and out of the box thinking. The school is a small, mellow environment, set up in the mountains which is perfect for some and not for others. It is a small college town amoungst retieries.The Teachers are stellar though! They are always there to talk to, due to the small school population. The food is not that good, but the ski mountains make it all worth while;)

  • 08/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    we have security there 24/7 and all doors to the dorms are only opened if you have your room key.

    Greek Life

    we do not have a greek life unfortunately.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs to chose from and many on campus and off campus activities are available for students

    Great for these types of students

    environment lovers and outdoorsy students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    no unusual traditions just traditions of any some school.

    Bang for the buck

    if you want to attend a private 4 year college this is the one for you what you pay for is what you get out of it.

    What to do for fun

    ALL THE SCHOOL ACTIVITIES take advantage of them!

    Food and Dining

    you always have different options for food. if you aren't liking whats on the menu that day they always have a salad bar or a grill where there is always someone there which you can order food from

    Dorm Life

    it can get a bit crazy but living there for your freshmen year is the best choice possible!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can get hard and sometimes the teachers dont care if you are trying or not. sometimes it feels as though you are on your own but all you need to do is talk to the teacher and get help from them.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Keep your gpa up 2. study study study 3. always be positive!

    In three sentences

    Sierra Nevada College is a great place to enhance your education. The teachers and students are extremely friendly and honest. A huge plus is you live in the heart of Lake Tahoe!

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Ski bums

    What to do for fun

    Incline VIllage is a really small town. Friends are really important here because there are few places to go unless you go further into Nevada or Cali.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty average and there are very few options for those of us who are conscious about vegetarianism, veganism, and localvore styles of food.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is not very challenging but it is really what you make of it. There are all kinds of opportunities because many students dont take advantage of them.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to major in ski business, go for it. If not, think really hard about coming here esp for those of you interested in the humanities. Great art program however.

    In three sentences

    Sierra Nevada College is located in an AMAZING location. Great skiing, beaching, hiking, backpacking, camping, bars, festivals etc but is a very tiny college. Everyone tends to know everyone but there is a privileged attitude permeating campus. Lots of students transfer out and graduates tend to work for the school as teachers or staff members.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    *tears streaming down face with laughter* Campus what?

    Greek Life

    Non-existent.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs come and go every year. It's fairly easy to make any club you'd like.

    Great for these types of students

    Any snowboarder or skiier who can afford it should almost certainly consider SNC as an option. Our ski team has won national competitions consistently for decades and even produced some Olympic medalists. If you consider yourself liberal or think that dreadlocks are a great idea, SNC may also be a place for you. NOT recommended for exceptionally conservative students or people who hate snow.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus itself is rather unusual - it looks more like a collection of modern log cabins in the middle of the woods than it does a college campus. There's even a classic forest stream running along one of the borders.

    Bang for the buck

    SNC is SUPER expensive - prohibitively so, for most people. However, this is relatively balanced out by the massive amounts of financial support the school offers in the form of scholarships. While the price tag itself is insane, most of the people I know are paying little to nothing for their tuition. Think of it like buying a Ferrari at 75% off. It's also a GI Bill-friendly school, so veterans should definitely take a second look. The biggest selling point, however is the exceptionally small class size (8-20 students per class), which some would consider well worth the cost.

    What to do for fun

    Incline Village isn't just a small town - it barely even registers on some maps. Most of the local houses are owned by rich folks who use them as vacation homes, meaning that outside of the main tourist seasons (hiking/ski seasons) the town almost feels deserted. Don't expect to find many locals of college-age - your social life will most likely revolve around campus. As for actual activities, it mostly depends on the time of year. Aside from the bars, bowling alley, and casinos, almost everything to do centers around the outdoors. Boating, hiking, white-water rafting, and rock-climbing are the summer favorites, while skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing are big during the winter.

    Food and Dining

    The campus cafeteria is run by Sodexo, which is a huge company that runs many school cafeterias nationwide. The staff are usually quite friendly, but the food is expensive and very hit-or-miss. One day they'll have smoked salmon and lemon tarts worth killing for, while the next will be burned lasagna and melted jello. You never know what you're getting.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm rooms themselves are pretty sweet. Every room has its own bathroom, and you typically only have one roommate, although there are two bunk-beds, allowing for a total of four students per room. The reason for the low rating is a combination of the constantly deteriorating dorm policies and the atrocious behavior of the residents. For example, every room used to include a microwave/mini-fridge combo - now, they charge extra for them. And the students are basically allowed to run wild, doing things like screaming at the top of their lungs at 2 AM immediately outside your window, while holding a bottle of Jager and pissing on the wall. This is fairly representative of dorm resident behavior. I lived in the dorms for one semester - you couldn't pay me to move back in.

    Academic Rigor

    While I really hate to say it, getting good grades at SNC is practically a cakewalk. Professors often seem afraid to give students low grades, making for an almost too-relaxed academic environment. This doesn't mean that the quality of the education itself is low, simply the actual demand on students' time and effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask yourself a few key questions: 1) Do I want to live in a very small mountain town? (1-screen movie theatre, no WalMart, Target, etc., and absolutely no night life) 2) Am I okay with snowy winters? 3) Am I willing/able to co-exist with a faculty and student body that is highly liberal, overall? 4) Do I value one-on-one time with my professors more than a varied social life? If you answered yes to 3-4 of these questions, SNC may be a good option. If not, I'd recommend looking elsewhere.

    In three sentences

    Sierra Nevada College is an extremely small school located on the shore of Lake Tahoe, in the middle of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The atmosphere is that of a very small town - everyone knows everyone. While the faculty are, overall, very well qualified and typically helpful, SNC is ultimately a school for snowboarders and other outdoorsy types.

  • 09/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are two to three security guards on duty each day. Nothing is ever really stolen on campus. Anything that is is typically found within a week or so due to the school being so small in population and campus size. Overall it is a super safe campus and town.

    Greek Life

    None, this school doesn't believe in the Greek life of frats and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs from climbing and skiing/snowboarding to english and writing clubs to a gay, lesbian and bisexual club. Great variety and new ones are almost always being added.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who loves the outdoors and wants a community to grow with and learn from.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    All of the bar traditions for seniors who are graduating are interesting. Then the freshman wilderness orientation is becoming a tradition at the college.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is expensive but everyone has a different view on what an education is worth. If you slack off the college is not worth it. If you dedicate yourself to what you want to learn the college is more than worth it.

    What to do for fun

    If you aren't an outdoor enthusiast there isn't much to do in the Tahoe area. Outdoor activities include hiking, mountain biking, cycling, trail running, climbing, beaches, and swimming for the summer. In winter you can really only ski and snowboard in a variety of different ways depending on the equipment you have. There are casinos near by with music shows of all kinds every week. It's Nevada so if you are over 21 gambling is an option.

    Food and Dining

    Haven't had a meal from the school in a while. While I was living on campus the food was good, not to repetitive.There is a full salad bar with fresh fruits. They have a grille where you can get burgers, sandwiches and other items cooked.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice, smaller than most big colleges. You have a large locker that goes with your dorm room for things such as bikes, outdoor gear, skis, snowboards etc. They offer plenty of activities throughout the year for on campus students, i.e. rafting, climbing, ski trips to mountains outside of Tahoe, so on and so forth. If you are 21 and up you can now drink in your dorm room so that is a plus. Overall the dorms are a great way to get to know staff and other students for your first year or so.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor is as hard as you want it to be. In general though it's not to terribly hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your teachers and communicate with them about anything you are struggling with or need help with. On top of it get to know the students who your are taking classes with and use the resources the college offers.

    In three sentences

    The college is a great laid back community of teachers and students who support each other. Most classes involve active learning and participation. The campus is gorgeous and you get what you want out of the college.

  • 11/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    24/7 security, very safe

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy

    What to do for fun

    Hiking, Skiing, Snowboarding...Literally anything outdoorsy, you can do here! Going to the beach with friends, swimming in the warm months & just enjoying the views!

    Food and Dining

    I never had a meal plan so I'm not too sure. The events that have been catered by our dinning hall have been fulfilling. The head chef in the kitchen is very dedicated to his job and is so skillful in what he does!

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms but I hear good things

    Academic Rigor

    Professors really push you as a person to become the best you can be. The college is big on sustainability and its great that it is incorporated throughout your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love the small town, small school feel, this is the school for you. Located in a perfect little town on Lake Tahoe, which allows you to explore the beautiful outside world around you. Professors are interested in students as people not just numbers, it really helps to push you along. Small class sizes give you the attention you need to succeed!

    In three sentences

    Sierra Nevada College is a small private school located in the most beautiful little town of Incline Village on the most beautiful lake, Tahoe. Class sizes are small, which gives you a very personal relationship with your professors. The staff is very helpful in every aspect of the college process.