From the School

Sterling College is a small and progressive liberal arts college in northern Vermont. Our small size, our environmental focus, and our commitment to grassroots sustainability all make us unique.

Sterling College knows that the most rewarding learning is hands-on learning. Whether offered on campus in a laboratory or seminar room, on the side of a mountain, or in a barn or pasture, classes at Sterling are small and foster experiential learning and deep inquiry through close relationships between faculty and students.

Students will gain insight into theory, integrate research into study, and learn how to use tools such as a chainsaw, a compass, and a tractor as part of daily life.

Sterling College removes the barriers between living one's life and learning. It is for the student who wants to commit to becoming an environmental steward and looks forward to the rigor and challenge of working with both hands and mind.


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Early Decision
November 15

April 1

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From The School

A Sterling education is both local and global. Through Global Field Studies, students and faculty have the opportunity to travel together to look at issues related to environmental stewardship and to experience rich ecological and cultural diversity. Recent programs have included experiences in the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Israel, Maine, and the Sierra Nevada.

The typical class size at Sterling is 10, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 7 to 1. Sterling's faculty is composed of 17 full-time members and 17 part-time members. 85 percent of the professors hold an advanced degree. In a continuous attempt to bring learning to life, professors teach in both traditional and experiential ways.

All new students, accompanied by 5 to 6 faculty members, take part in Winter Expedition, a four-day, three-night trek along the ridge of the nearby Lowell Mountain Range. Expedition is a 47 year tradition at Sterling College.

Students Say

Sterling College "is a small (but growing) Christian, liberal arts college that aims to teach students how to live and learn and serve" and to "integrate faith into everyday life." This "Christ-centered, servant leader-driven institution" boasts a "widely acclaimed Education program," in particular a "great elementary education program," "strong theater and music departments," and an "atmosphere [that] is fantastic." The consensus among students is that "this college is about faith, servant leadership, and education." Sterling's "sense of community," its "Christian atmosphere and [its] close-knit student body" are among the school's hallmarks, "but there certainly [are] a number of people [who] do not hold to that worldview…as a general rule, students do mix well together." Students are generally fond of Sterling's "small class sizes, knowledgeable professors, [and] easy access to faculty." According to one student, "my professors all care about my success and how I do in class…I am not just a number here at Sterling College."

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Kim McIntyre '04
Outward Bound Instructor, Year-Round (MN and MT)

Erin Small '00
USFS-Fire Planner for New England Forests

Christina Goodwin '02
Director-Nat. Resources Conservation District (VT)

Adam Lewandowski '02
Wildlife Habitat Enhancer -Nature Conservancy (CA)

Matt Dolski '01
Erosion and Sediment Control Resource Cons. (PA)

Paige Kitson '04
Omega Institute for Holistic Health (NY)

Chantal Deojay '00
Farm Manager at Farm & Wilderness Camps (VT)


From The School

Tuition for the 2013-14 academic year is $28,978, room and board is $8498, and fees are $766.


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Notification Date
Feb 1

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Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
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Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Students are part of the daily work of the college. Regardless of financial need, all students work on campus, whether in the kitchen, on the farm, in the woodshop, or elsewhere. Sterling College is one of only seven colleges recognized by the federal government as a Work Collegea college where student work is an integral and mandatory part of the educational process, as opposed to being an appended requirement. Sterling is also the only Work College in the northeast.

Besides working on campus, a highlight of the Sterling education is a ten-week, 6-credit internship anywhere in the world. Internships in agriculture, cross-cultural education, ecotourism, environmental education, hydrology, land and resource management, outdoor education and leadership, and wildlife rehabilitation and research are popular options.

"I was drawn to Sterling because of the work program. I know that at the end of four years I will walk away from Sterling with a resume full of work and life experiences that any employer would find of interest. A college education here trains you to be a leader through engaged practice in community living."-Allyson Makuch '15

Students Say

The typical student at Sterling "is a firm believer in Christ and is involved in extracurricular activities." As would be expected with most faith-based colleges, "most students…come from a religious background." On top of which, many come "from a small town environment" and want "a conservative and safe" place to study and practice their faith. "Students typically socialize with everyone during lunch, during class, and after class; all of this is made easier by the on-campus living requirement." Sterling students inform us that theirs is a student body "who [tries] to be faithful and are very accepting." "There are a lot of different types of students at Sterling College, and it makes out to be quite the melting pot." "You have your athletes…you have your hardcore Christians…you have students who go to Sterling College for an education, you have theater [and] music students." But above all else, Sterling students tell us that their school "wants to develop creative and thoughtful leaders who understand a maturing Christian faith."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


42% female
58% male
77% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time


From The School

Sterling students love living in Craftsbury Common. The focal point of the village is the "Common" and the quintessential New England white clapboard buildings that border it. This area of Vermont is also a place of innovation, and is an important center for a revolution in rural food systems of farms and enterprises such as Pete's Greens, Hill Farmstead Brewery, High Mowing Seeds, Jasper Hill Cheese, and Vermont Soy, just to name a few.

This region of Vermont is known as the "Northeast Kingdom," and is an international destination for outdoor sports and adventure. There are four ski areas within 45 minutes of the college. When city life beckons, however, Burlington is about an hour or so away.

Students Say

Sterling College places a large "emphasis on Christian values" and fostering "a good Christian environment." As one student tells us, Sterling is "a big family with lots of rules, but [a] great community." The "strictness of some rules," such as "visitation hours," has been cited by some students as "a bit ridiculous." "We know what is right and wrong, and we should be given the chance to make certain decisions and face consequences" The nearby town of Sterling "is small, but wonderful," and not exactly teeming with activity. "You have to travel to Wichita or Hutchinson to go shopping or find something to do," and they are "only a short drive away." But "we make our own fun," one student tells us. "There are a lot of campus activities, [and] student life is very interesting if you are involved," which is highly advisable seeing as all Sterling students are "required to live on campus." Organizations such as "the Campus Activities Board, as well as Student Life, do a fantastic job of setting up wonderful and engaging events for students…from Casino Night to Bingo Night, there [always] seems to be something happening on campus."

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Interview Required

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Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Support available through student services.

Minority Support Groups: Diversity Committee meets regularly.


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Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

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Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors


Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Gwyn Harris
Director of Admissions

POB 72
Craftsbury Common, VT 05827



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Challenge Course and Climbing Wall
Organic Gardens and Livestock Farm
Dining Hall serves local, organic food
300-acre Boreal Forest
Wind and Solar Powered Barns
Student Lounge, Dancing Goat Cafe, Recreation Room, Lean-toos, XC ski trails, nature trails, Computer labs, common areas in dorms, front porch

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Montpelier, VT-the state capital
Burlington, VT-largest city in VT
Montreal, Canada
Stowe Ski Area and Jay Peak for skiing
Craftsbury Outdoor Center

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday through Friday

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

select Mondays throughout the year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
By Air: Regularly scheduled air service from many U.S. and Canadian cities arrives into Burlington International Airport, where you can rent a car. Pickup can sometimes be arranged with plenty of advanced notice. By Rail: Amtrak stops in Montpelier, Vermont where you can call us ahead for pickup or rent a car.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the North, South, and East - take I-91 to Exit 21, go west on Route 2 until you take a right fork at west Danville on Route 15. Follow 15 to Hardwick, take Route 14 north 1 mile west of Hardwick. Go 7 miles on Route 14, turn right onto South Craftsbury Road and follow the signs to Craftsbury Common/Sterling College. From the West and Burlington - take I-89 south until you reach Route 100 at the Stowe-Waterbury exit. Make a left onto 100 north to Morrisville and take Route 15 east to Hardwick. Take 14 north for 7 miles, then turn right onto South Craftsbury Road and follow the signs to Craftsbury Common/Sterling College.

Local Accommodations
Brass Knocker Inn, East Craftsbury (4 miles away), 802-586-2814 Bricabode Guest House, Craftsbury Common (walking distance), 802-586-2532 Craftsbury Bed and Breakfast on Wylie Hill, Craftsbury Common (1.5 miles away), 802-586-2206 The Craftsbury Inn*, Craftsbury (1 mile away), 802-586-2848 Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury Common (3 miles away), 802-586-2514 Highland Lodge*, Greensboro (7 miles away), 802-533-2647 Inn on the Common*, Craftsbury Common (walking distance), 802-586-9619 Somerset House Bed and Breakfast, Hardwick (10 miles away), 802-472-5484 Village House Inn, Albany (10 miles away), 802-755-6722 Village Motel, Hardwick (10 miles away), 802-472-5211 Whetstone Brook Bed and Breakfast, Craftsbury (2 miles away), 802-586-6916 Most area accommodations range in price from $40 to $75 per night; * indicates those accommodations over $75 per night.
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