Sierra College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$1,104
2022 Average Net Price
$6,270
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
4.54%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
15,766
35.3% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
33.6%
697 Graduates

About

Sierra College is a higher education institution located in Placer County, CA. In 2022, the most popular Associates Degree concentrations at Sierra College were General Social Sciences (756 degrees awarded), Biological & Physical Sciences (685 degrees), and General Health Services (564 degrees).

In 2022, 4,995 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Sierra College. 65.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 34.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,768 degrees), 2.15 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1,286 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Sierra College is $1,104, which is $−7,008 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Sierra College is $1,104, which is $−7,008 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $6,270.

In 2022, 49% of undergraduate students attending Sierra College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 1% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$1,104
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Sierra College was $1,104. The cost of tuition at Sierra College is $−7,008 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$6,270
2022 Value
5.89%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Sierra College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $6,270. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Sierra College grew by 5.89%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,685
Room and Board
$1,792
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Sierra College was of $10,685 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 0.945% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,792. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 19.4% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

49%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
1%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

49% of undergraduate students at Sierra College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 15.5% with respect to 2021, when 58% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
4.54%
2019 Default Rate
26
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Sierra College was 4.54%, which represents 26 out of the 573 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

Sierra College had a total enrollment of 15,766 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Sierra College is 5,571 students and the part-time enrollment is 10,195. This means that 35.3% of students enrolled at Sierra College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Sierra College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 55.6% White, 23% Hispanic or Latino, 7.9% Asian, 7.76% Two or More Races, 3.18% Black or African American, 0.552% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.476% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Sierra College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (28.1%), followed by White Male (25%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (12.3%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

35.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Sierra College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 15,766 students. The full-time enrollment at Sierra College is 5,571 and the part-time enrollment is 10,195. This means that 35.3% of students enrolled at Sierra College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

69%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Sierra College was 69%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), Sierra College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    8,764 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    3,629 enrolled students
  3. Asian
    1,245 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Sierra College is 55.6% White, 23% Hispanic or Latino, 7.9% Asian, 7.76% Two or More Races, 3.18% Black or African American, 0.552% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.476% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 42.9% White, 27.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 209 students (1.33%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 1,585 more women than men received degrees from Sierra College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Sierra College is white (2,768 degrees awarded). There were 2.15 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1286 degrees).

The most common Associates Degree concentration at Sierra College is General Social Sciences (756 degrees awarded), followed by Biological & Physical Sciences (685 degrees) and General Health Services (564 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Sierra College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Interdisciplinary Studies (685 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (962 degrees), and Communication Technologies (50 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sierra College are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (396,401 people), Other managers (368,560 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (268,439 people), Police officers (184,983 people), and Social workers, all other (174,802 people).

The most specialized majors at Sierra College in 2022 are Interdisciplinary Studies (685 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (962 degrees), Communication Technologies (50 degrees), Protective Services (354 degrees), and Psychology (392 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sierra College are Surgeons, Physicians, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Sierra College are Interdisciplinary Studies (685 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (962 degrees), Communication Technologies (50 degrees), Protective Services (354 degrees), and Psychology (392 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sierra College are Elementary & secondary schools (719,770 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (534,021 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (423,486 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (374,739 people), and Legal services (338,615 people).

The most specialized majors at Sierra College are Interdisciplinary Studies (685 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (962 degrees), Communication Technologies (50 degrees), Protective Services (354 degrees), and Psychology (392 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Sierra College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 756 degrees awarded
  2. 685 degrees awarded
  3. 564 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at Sierra College was General Social Sciences with 756 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,705
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
3,290
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 1,705 degrees were awarded to men at Sierra College, which is 0.518 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,290).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 225 degrees were awarded to men at Sierra College in Biological & Physical Sciences, which is 0.489 times less than the 460 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 762 degrees were awarded to men at Sierra College in General Health Services, which is 5.18 times more than the 147 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

17%
100% Completion Time
36%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 17% of students graduating from Sierra College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 36% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 43% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (45.5%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Sierra College is Female and Asian (45.5% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 5.88% of graduates (41 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,768 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,286 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    410 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Sierra College is white (2,768 degrees awarded). There were 2.15 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1286 degrees).

1.82% of degree recipients (91 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    1,828 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    940 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    877 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Sierra College is white female (1,828 degrees awarded). There were 1.94 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (940 degrees).

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Operations

Sierra College has an endowment valued at nearly $9.79M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 544k (5.56%) compared to the 0.843% average return (43.9k on 5.21M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2022, Sierra College had a total salary expenditure of 174M. Sierra College employs 236 Instructors. Most academics at Sierra College are Female Instructor (142), and Male Instructor (94).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sierra College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 157 employees, Management, with 66 employees, and Service with 36 employees.

Endowment

$9.79M
2022 Endowment
4.64%
decline from 2021

Sierra College has an endowment valued at about $9.79M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Sierra College declined 4.64% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $4.58M higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $4.75M - Federal
  2. $28.3M - State
  3. $2.24M - Local

As of 2022, Sierra College received $4.75M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $28.3M from state grants and contracts, and $2.24M from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$72M
2022 Salaries
8.09%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Sierra College paid a median of $72M in salaries, which represents 41.3% of their overall expenditure ($174M) and a 8.09% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$20.8M
Instructional Salaries
236
Number of Employees

In 2022, Sierra College paid a total of $20.8M to 236 employees working as instructors, which represents 28.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
236 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
157 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Sierra College was Instructor with 236 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sierra College were Office and Administrative Support with 157 employees, Management with 66 employees, and Service with 36 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Sierra College was Female Instructor with 142 employees, and Male Instructor with 94 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Sierra College.

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