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Sierra Nevada College

Sierra Nevada College (SNC) is a private university in Incline Village, Nevada in the Sierras. Founded in 1969, the college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Sierra Nevada College
SNC-Logo-2014 PMS295Blue.png
TypePrivate Liberal Arts University
PresidentDr. Ed Zschau
ProvostShannon Beets
Administrative staff
24 full time faculty,
50 part time faculty
Location, ,
United States

Coordinates: 39°14′40″N 119°56′20″W / 39.2444°N 119.9388°W / 39.2444; -119.9388
CampusMountain Community
ColorsRoyal Blue and White
MascotEli – an American Eagle
Prim Library, opened on September 9t, 2004


The Departments of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Business, and Science and Technology offer over 30 undergraduate majors. The teacher education program leads to Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Administration and Masters in Education degrees as well as to teacher licensure in Nevada. The College also operates two low-residency, Masters of Fine Arts programs. Creative Writing and Interdisciplinary Arts MFA's use a low-residency format and individual mentoring to prepare artists and writers for professional and artistic success.

The MFA-IA program focuses on site-specific and community practice, with a large part of each residency taking place off site at partner locations such as the Sagehen Creek Field Station.[1][2]

SNC, in collaboration with UC Davis, houses the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, a facility conducting research on Lake Tahoe.

As part of an initiative to expand access to four-year degrees, SNC also operates a growing list of extension centers on community college campuses. There are SNC Extension centers currently on the campus of Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe, Truckee Meadows Community College's Dandini Campus in Reno, Nevada, and Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. Each Extension Center offers degrees specific to demand on the campus where they are located. The degrees offered currently are B.A. in Psychology, B.A. or B.S. in General Studies, a B.S. in Business Administration (B.S.B.A) in Entrepreneurship or Global Business Management[3].

Summer visiting artist workshopsEdit

Sierra Nevada College hosts an extensive program of Summer Visiting Artist Workshops which feature well-known artists from multiple disciplines. Artists such as printmaker Sean Starwars, and visual artist and experimental filmmaker Tim Guthrie are regular workshop leaders.[4]


The college has varsity athletics programs in skiing and snowboarding, lacrosse, golf, and soccer in the Cal Pac Conference. The Eagles have won many United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association national championships in both men's and women's events.[5]

Notable faculty, past and presentEdit

  • Laura McCullough – poet (Masters in Fine Arts Program)
  • Suzanne Roberts – American poet, travel writer, and photographer (Creative Writing Faculty – Distinguished Writer-in-Residence 2011–2012)
  • Carolee Schneeman – Experimental filmmaker (Visiting professor, 1994) [6]
  • Brian Turner – poet (Program Chair - Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program)
  • Patricia Smith - poet (Creative Writing Faculty)
  • Gayle Brandeis - author (Creative Writing Faculty - Distinguished Visiting Professor/Writer in Residence 2014-2015)

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "MFA-IA Website". Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  2. ^ "MFA-IA Website". Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Extension Center Majors". Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  4. ^ Fine Arts Department at Sierra Nevada College. "Summer Workshop Schedule 2016". Sierra Nevada College. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Eagles win 14th National title in a row". Tahoe Daily Tribune. March 11, 2004. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "artist's website". Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  7. ^ "Matea Ferk". Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  8. ^ "Assemblyman Philip P.K. O'Neill". Nevada Legislature. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "Tea PALIC - Olympic Alpine Skiing | Croatia". International Olympic Committee. 26 June 2016. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  10. ^ "PALIC Tea - Biographie". Retrieved 2017-10-29.

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