Sierra College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$1,104
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$6,257
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
16.5%
Default Rate
2019 Enrolled Students
18,226
38.3% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
35.3%
569 Graduates

About

Sierra College is a higher education institution located in Placer County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Sierra College were .

In 2019, 3,482 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Sierra College. 59.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40.8% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,914 degrees), 1.97 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (970 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Sierra College is $1,104, which is $−6,720 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Sierra College is $1,104, which is $−6,720 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $6,257.

In 2019, 52% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 3% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$1,104
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Sierra College was $1,104. The cost of tuition at Sierra College is $−6,720 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

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Average Net Price

$6,257
2019 Value
3.54%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Sierra College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $6,257. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Sierra College grew by 3.54%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,585
Room and Board
$2,224
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Sierra College was of $10,585 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,224. The cost of room and board did not change between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

52%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
3%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

52% of undergraduate students at Sierra College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 4% with respect to 2018, when 50% 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.
16.5%
2017 Default Rate
133
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Sierra College was 16.5%, which represents 133 out of the 805 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 has a total enrollment of 18,226 students. The full-time enrollment at Sierra College is 6,984 students and the part-time enrollment is 11,242. This means that 38.3% of students enrolled at Sierra College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Sierra College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 51.6% White, 27.7% Hispanic or Latino, 6.67% Asian, 6.1% Two or More Races, 2.87% Black or African American, 0.505% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.439% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Sierra College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (25.9%), followed by White Male (24%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (14.8%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

38.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Sierra College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 18,226 students. The full-time enrollment at Sierra College is 6,984 and the part-time enrollment is 11,242. This means that 38.3% of students enrolled at Sierra College are enrolled full-time compared with 34.9% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

69%
2019 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 (61%), Sierra College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    9,410
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    5,046
  3. Asian
    1,216

The enrolled student population at Sierra College is 51.6% White, 27.7% Hispanic or Latino, 6.67% Asian, 6.1% Two or More Races, 2.87% Black or African American, 0.505% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.439% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 44% White, 26.9% 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, 630 students (3.46%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 644 more women than men received degrees from Sierra College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Sierra College is white (1,914 degrees awarded). There were 1.97 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (970 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Sierra College is N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

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 (529 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (62 degrees), and Social Sciences (725 degrees).

Workforce

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 (395,657 people), Other managers (290,622 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (176,170 people), Postsecondary teachers (134,576 people), and Chief executives & legislators (134,351 people).

The most specialized majors at Sierra College are Interdisciplinary Studies (529 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (62 degrees), Social Sciences (725 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (32 degrees), and History (59 degrees).

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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, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Physicians, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Sierra College are Interdisciplinary Studies (529 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (62 degrees), Social Sciences (725 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (32 degrees), and History (59 degrees).

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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 (467,590 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (312,003 people), Legal services (306,993 people), Computer Systems Design (206,096 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (204,678 people).

The most specialized majors at Sierra College are Interdisciplinary Studies (529 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (62 degrees), Social Sciences (725 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (32 degrees), and History (59 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  2. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In false, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Sierra College was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

1,419
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
2,063
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 1,419 degrees were awarded to men at Sierra College, which is 0.688 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,063).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 180 degrees were awarded to men at Sierra College in General Social Sciences, which is 0.423 times less than the 426 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 426 degrees were awarded to women at Sierra College in General Social Sciences, which is 2.37 times more than the 180 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

12%
100% Completion Time
35%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 12% of students graduating from Sierra College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 35% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (44.9%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Sierra College is Male and Asian (44.9% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 0.527% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,914 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    970 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    218 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Sierra College is white (1,914 degrees awarded). There were 1.97 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (970 degrees).

0.804% of degree recipients (28 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,157 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    757 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    576 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Sierra College is white female (1,157 degrees awarded). There were 1.53 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (757 degrees).

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Operations

Sierra College has an endowment valued at nearly $6.88M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.55M (37%), compared to the 5.92% average return ($255k on $4.3M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2019, Sierra College had a total salary expenditure of $167M. Sierra College employs 249 Instructors, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at Sierra College are Female Instructors (151), Male Instructors(98), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sierra College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 151 employees, Management, with 60 employees, and Service with 40 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$6.88M
2019 Endowment
72.7%
growth from 2018

Sierra College has an endowment valued at about $6.88M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Sierra College grew 72.7% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $2.58M 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. $6.65M - Federal
  2. $28M - State
  3. $2.15M - Local

As of 2019, Sierra College received $6.65M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $28M from state grants and contracts, and $2.15M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$67.1M
2019 Salaries
5.22%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Sierra College paid a median of $67.1M in salaries, which represents 40.3% of their overall expenditure ($167M) and a 5.22% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.866% decline from 2017 and a 3.63% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.6M (44.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$18.6M
Instructional Salaries
249
Number of Employees

In 2019, Sierra College paid a total of $18.6M to 249 employees working as instructors, which represents 27.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.1M (30.7%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
249 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
151 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Sierra College were Instructor with 249 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sierra College were Office and Administrative Support with 151 employees; Management with 60 employees; and Service with 40 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor
  3. false

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Sierra College was Female Instructor with 151 employees, Male Instructor with 98 employees, and false with 0 employees.

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

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