Sierra College

Sierra College is a two year community college located in the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range of northern California about two hours drive from San Francisco. Our main campus is located in Rocklin, just minutes from Sacramento the state capital of California.


Sierra College is a two year community college located in the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range of northern California about two hours drive from San Francisco. Our main campus is located in Rocklin, just minutes from Sacramento the state capital of California.

Sierra College is ranked in the top 25 colleges in the United States in terms of associate degrees awarded and offers over 70 associate degree programs, including business, computer science, engineering, communication studies, marketing, management, nursing and many more.

With an enrollment of nearly 20,000 students the college has a national reputation for excellence in a variety of different academic disciplines. Sierra College values student learning and high quality teaching in a safe, friendly environment and can provide the first two years of an American bachelor degree at a very affordable price.

Transfer Opportunities

Our tuition fees are less than half those of a  four year university. After completing two years at Sierra College, Sierra’s transfer program is available to help students make a seamless transition to a four-year institution and even offers guaranteed transfer agreements to a number of institutions. Students then only have to complete the final two years at these institutions.Sierra College students receive academic advising from highly trained counselors who help students choose a major and classes that meet their educational goals and help make sure they are on track to transfer.

Sierra students choose to transfer to a variety of universities, such as UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, UC San Diego, and California State Universities. Sierra College ranks first in northern California in transfers to the California State University system. Students can also transfer to private or out-of-state universities.

Studies have shown that California Community College transfer students do as well, if not better, than students who begin at a four-year university when it comes to grades and graduation rates.

English Proficiency

International students must have a minimum score of 45 on the TOEFL iBT or 5.0 on IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS is for admission purposes only. All students upon arrival will take an assessment test to determine appropriate English course placement.  Sierra College offers a multi-level ESL program designed for students who wish to improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. There are no additional fees to enroll in ESL classes.

International Student Office

International students on arrival at the college are each assigned their own personal academic counselor who is focused on helping them reach their educational goals. A range of support services are available to assist students in being successful. The college operates a tutor center and a writing center and provides free one on one tutoring. Sierra College has an extensive learning resource center with study rooms, computer labs and a drop-in math center.


The International Students Office at Sierra College will assist students with their housing needs. Our housing coordinator can help you find housing in these 3 areas:

Option 1: Sierra College Residence Hall: Sierra College is one of the few community colleges in California to have residence halls on campus.

Option 2: Sierra College Homestay Program

Option 3: Off Campus Apartments/Rentals

Please see our website for more details about these options.


Within a 30-mile radius of the college campus there are many recreational opportunities with nearby golf courses, rivers and lakes. In one hour by car, you can be in the beautiful and famous Lake Tahoe region that offers skiing, hiking, horseback riding and boating. The unique location of the college means you are also only a two hour drive from sightseeing in San Francisco, or visiting Napa Valley, or the northern California coast.

Sierra College Advantages

  • Transfer opportunities to other colleges and universities both in California and other states
  • Beautiful campus location in a safe, family environment in northern California
  • Quality education at an affordable price – less than half the price of a university
  • Community college transfer student
  • On-campus housing (dormitories)
  • Homestay program and off-campus housing assistance
  • Extensive counseling: academic, personal, career & transfer
  • Intercollegiate sports program
  • Free tutoring
  • Smaller classes
  • Over 50 student clubs to join

Applying for Admission

It is easy to apply for admission to Sierra College. We will provide individualized attention to help students through the enrollment and admission process.

Contact our International Student Office:

email:  Internationalstudents@sierracollege.edu

phone: (916) 660-7330

mail: 5100 Sierra College Blvd, Rocklin CA 95677

Apply By:

July 1: for Fall Semester
December 1: for Spring Semester
May 1: for Summer Session (for students transferring from other American colleges or coming from countries where English is the primary language in educational system)


$15,000—$20,000 Semester

Fast facts

Afiiliation icon



Top Programs icon

Top Programs

Type of school icon

Type of School

2yr/Community College

  • School Size

  • Student Body Gender

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

  • Setting

  • Accreditation and Certification

    AACC Schools
  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Homestay, Apartment
  • Test Scores

    IELTS: Band 5+, TOEFL: 45+

Rocklin CA
Visit us
International Student Office - Sierra College Rocklin, CA

Subscribe to get the latest from Study in the USA

You can unsubscribe at any time.