Sierra College – 5000 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin CA 95677
I have not started at the school just yet, so my review is in regards to admin/records and the veterans office. I have paid $25 on two separate occasions to have my transcripts sent to the college and both times, they were mysteriously “never received”. I would suggest you getting a second official transcript sent to your address just in case they “never received” it and just ensure you don’t open it.
The second part is for the veterans office. If you are active duty and are looking for guidance as to where to start, don’t waste your time going to the veterans office. The information that was given to me, is the same information that is on the website and I have been consistently given wrong information from the veterans in regards to things that pertain directly to military members, resulting in me having to make multiple trips to the school from an hour away to turn in, now-late paperwork, keeping my fingers crossed that it get processed before the semester stars. If you go to the Sierra website search engine and type in veterans, everything you need to know will pop up.
My suggestion would be to get as much information you can get from a non-veteran counselor as the information is more general and you will know what applies and what doesn’t. From my experience, it is perceived that everything concerning veterans is foreign to the HUB members and they will send you straight to the veterans office.
I really regret applying for student housing, the housing staff is extremely untrained and unprofessional when it comes to harassment and abuse issues coming from roommates, they did absolutely nothing so I had no other choice but to drop out of this mediocre college. The RAs were very apathetic with all the harassment and pettiness I was taking from my roommate and believed that I withdrew because I didn’t like college over all which I actually did, they were very uncooperative about taking any sort of action on my other roommate for her terrible actions towards me
It’s been ages since I’ve stepped onto a college campus, I use to visit a lot more when I went there many years ago. Now it has expanded so much the buildings are nice, parking if you do not get there either for first morning classes or evening classes its very hard to find a spot.
I had to visit a counselor the other day she was very helpful and I am glad I had the opportunity to come back to Sierra as a returning student. I look forward to many more visits.
This review is strictly about the museum here on this campus.
This is a FANTASTIC museum. I was really surprised when I walked in here. I thought it would be very small since it’s part of the college. I was definitely wrong! The school does an amazing job with the upkeep, labeling, and organization of everything here. Based on this museum alone, you can tell that these instructors actually care about what they teaching and what their students are learning. All colleges should have such a great museum like this. It really is an advantage.
The organization of everything in here is so nice and well kept. They have a small mineralogy section which was really sweet! There are a lot of casts, but there’s also real things as well. This is definitely a museum geared more towards paleontology, but they have some great things.
Cost to get in – FREE! Free to the public, free to anyone. Highly suggest you take the family here. It’s a great trip and you could easily spend a couple hours here.
Outside they have rocks from each time period in the geologic time scale. It was very cool to take that rock walk outside.
Do I recommend this place? Yes, most definitely. These students are very lucky to have this. I wish I had such a thing at my schools!
This is a graet place to learn and get help wit what you need. This also has a lot of good services like the Hub and grat counselors. The professors are are also nice here. Also there is free public Wi-Fi.
I just graduated from Sierra College. This school is a mediocre community college, at best. If you want a certain class, good luck getting it! 30 spots and 20 people on the waitlist within a day of class registration opening. Another con is counseling–don’t expect them to know what they’re talking about. Grab one of those blue or green sheets stating what classes are needed to transfer to CSU or UC and use assist.org to see what classes are required or recommended to the school you want to go to. They steer you in the wrong direction if you don’t stand up for yourself.
I took almost 70 units in 2 years here, and probably half of the teachers were okay. Some were absolutely horrendous. One teacher (his first semester teaching) had no idea what he was doing, one teacher yelling and slamming things because someone in the class clicked the damn mouse while he was talking, one teacher graded me poorly because she was homophobic (yeah, I saw other people’s essays that were horribly written, with incorrect punctuation, not answering the prompt, improper spelling, etc. and they got better grades than me).
There’s a few life changing teachers here (that I took): Corey Morgan (Administration of Justice (he was such a great teacher, people were crying the last day of class)), Mary Beth Pattengale (Math (one of the sweetest women in the world)), Iraj Sabzevary (Sociology (funny, honest, feels like a TED talk every single class, and has an incredible voice), and Lori Kearney-Capaul (Human Development (amazing woman, makes class so comfortable, super funny, and honestly cares about every single student)). If you have the chance to take them, I highly recommend it. They make college fun and are great people.
The staff here at this school have been the most UNCOOPERATIVE staff that I have ever experienced in my entire life. I’ve met with one counselor and she seemed to be helpful, at least with going over the prerequisite and GE classes that I would need to take according to my chosen major. However, I was a new time freshman at a CSU in Fall 2018, I attempted to transfer to Sierra college after spring break, a weekend before the Spring 2019 Semester started. I received my student ID and was able to log into my portal however, I was unable to register for classes before the Spring 2019 semester began because I was required to schedule a meeting with a counselor. I scheduled a meeting with the counselors on Monday, once school started and the earliest appointment that was available was that following Monday. During this meeting, I met up with a counselor who gave me the information that I needed as far as which classes to enroll into for the nursing prerequisites and after that meeting I attempted to began registering for my classes on the second day of school because this was the first day that I was able to. Most classes are scheduled together like one specific class may be monday & wednesday while another is Tuesday & Thursday. Since school started monday and my counseling appointment was tuesday afternoon I was required to have an add code in order to successfully enroll into the classes. I reached out to the professores through via E-mail and each professor refused to give me a code. I even switched my schedule around thinking maybe if its a different professor they may be cooperative and give me a code, yet I was wrong. From this point on I contacted the dean of department for each class that I attempted to enroll into and they were no help either. I was told the professors may give the add code for a class during the first week of school however they choose. Sierra college is full of it and they are NOT HELPFUL AT ALL! I am now forced to withdraw from this unhelpful school.
The professors I’ve had have been good. The office staff in admissions/bursars office have been terrible! They’re all student workers so they give attitude and have no idea what they’re talking about. I take classes in the summer here to excel my degree I’m pursuing elsewhere and I can say the coursework and expectations here are very easy. Has a very high school vibe as well
I am back at Sierra college because I love this school. I have a masters degree from another school, but I am coming back here to brush up on some things and because this is an amazing school. The environment is awesome and the professors are always very helpful and engaging. I am glad to be back here, a little freaked out about the Mac computer on my desk, but I am happy to see the school has had a lot of updated in their equipment.
I love Sierra college! The campus is beautiful and not hard to find your way around. The teacher’s are great and there are so many different classes to choose from. There are great spots to sit in the library or outside in between classes. They have a ton of different options for snacks and drinks. The bookstore has so many goodies in it and the lines move really fast 🙂
Sierra College is a great place to get an education whether your out of high school or you have a few years behind you. When it comes local community colleges, having the ability to work with the best teachers in the best environment is key to growth as a student. I’ve been to the big university setting and it is not the best. Sitting in classrooms full of 800 plus students is never appealing, especially if you want a personal connection with the teacher.
At Sierra, the teachers are great. All of the teachers I’ve had classes with have had a lot of real world application to know truly what their talking about. It’s important to know your only working with the best teachers. In the past, I’ve often times worried about not having the best teachers or instruction.
The location is pretty good. The school is located in Rocklin, CA. Rocklin is small town north of Roseville, off the I-5 freeway. I’ve had no issues with the city of Rocklin or finding a parking spot. It is hard to think of negative aspects about Sierra, but there are so few. The only thing I can think of that isn’t the best is how foul some of the students are. There are some snooty people, but they are a small representation. Majority of the people I’ve encountered have been, nice humble people.
If your considering a small community college, Sierra may be just the fit you need. The best thing to do would be to get a campus tour of all the facilities, it’s what I did and it helped.
Sierra college is a great institution with quality professors and facilities. I love the resources available and the counseling department is very helpful. The grounds are very clean and colorful, great place for a sunny day. I have just been accepted to UC Davis and i have my time at sierra to thank for a great stepping stone and foundation to build on. Highly recommend!
This is a pretty amazing school with great programs and community, but I did for the summer semester live in the dorms. They were small but cozy, on the other hand very thin walls. Constantly could not get sleep because of my quad mates “late nights” with her boyfriend, especially passed quiet hours which are 11pm-8am. Deeply disappointed in lack of respect, would not live here again.
Student Services doesnt actually service the students. Not a single person was helpful when I called, one of the counselors did not understand what I needed, though was very specific, and even pushed me away from the school to pursue another within the the Los Rios chain. No one asked if I needed assistance while in line, or smiled or greeted. Clearly a FOR PROFIT school doesnt know what customer service is. Sadly the graduation rate reflects that… 27%
And degree completion takes 1.5 times longer than normal.
Class of 2008. So many great things about Sierra College. I found a great counselor, and I wish I could remember her name. I got transferred to Sac State no problem, just took a little longer than I originally intended.
Tips: Rosenberger for Stats. Fun and you’ll actually enjoy math. Professor Hunter’s film classes are a real treat. Don’t, for the love of God, ever take a class with Dick Hilton, Science dept. He thinks he’s teaching 8th graders or something. Not allowed to go to the bathroom even if you’re projectile vomiting. Fun to pay costly tuition to listen to a grumpy old guy get on his repetitive soap box daily and treat you like dirt if you ask a question.
Parking always sucked, but there was a transit system. You can also arrive early enough to snag a spot if you’re going to be stuck there all day. That was kind of a pain, but there were ways around it. The upper lot used to be a good spot to park. Who knows now.
From the beginning it’s been a hassle!! My boyfriend was discharged from the army and immediately signed up for classes at Sierra College the financial aid absolutely sucks they lost all the papers that were needed for FAFSA twice!! After a couple weeks of not getting any notifications we went into financial aid to see what was going on and that’s when they said that there was supposed to be flags on the account in the financial aid area. However I personally looked at his account and there were no flags until after us going into the financial aid office.
It is almost at the end of the disbursements for the FAFSA and they still haven’t even fixed it so we’re hustling around trying to get all the rest the papers that they’ve lost. Make sure you make copies of everything you give them and date them.
On the upside the vet center is pretty awesome and they try to help the best they can. As well as the professors are ok, beware of the online professors they aren’t that great.
A great school!
I attended Sierra for a bit longer than I should have, my fault no theirs, and received great instruction. It was an easy switch to Sac State. I would say Sierra had a higher quality of instruction than Sac State.
Great location, Great instructors (mostly) and just a good vibe around the whole place.
I went as an adult and sent my son there after me.
A great experience.
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The teachers are very friendly here. A lot of them are well educated (well at least the ones I had). The people at the student helplines are very very kind and PATIENT! They deal with so many people a day and I really don’t know where they get their patience from! Simply amazing. Food is more on the pricey side and not worth it. Big campus.
I enjoyed my time spent at this school and now having transferred to sac state I sincerely miss Sierra. The professors, affordable parking, and newer classrooms all stand out compared to CSUS. It helps that I live in Rocklin and it is only a 5 minute drive from my house. Now if only it was possible to get my bachelor’s here :/
Just started going here and I already love it!
Going for an AS-U in Mathematics and all of the professors have been great! There was an English professor that was questionable about her teaching skills and priorities, but for the most part its great! The facilities are all very nice especially with the new math and Science building (Building V)! Though I would admit to some of their building being to old, and poorly ventilated, such as the bottom story of the Library!
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Listing Title: Sierra College – 5000 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin CA 95677