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 [w

Overview

Applicants
1,496
Acceptance Rate
88%
Average HS GPA
3.65

GPA Breakdown

55%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
490 - 630
SAT Math
500 - 630
ACT Composite
24 - 30

Deadlines


Regular
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities
Religious Affiliation / Commitment

Overall

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

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
210
with Terminal Degree
148

136
Men
74
Women
12
Minority
5
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
90%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Diploma
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
77
Application Deadlines
Mar 10
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,153

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,416

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,681

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,125

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
62%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$15,934

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$29,298
Required Fees
$240
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$3,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

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
2,103
Out of State
61%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
30

Demographics

56% female
44% male
61% are out of state
87% are full time
13% are part time

Overview

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."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
85%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
79
First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
92

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
87
Number of Honor Societies
7

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
23

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

73% participate in intramural sports
15% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Trojans)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Trojans)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


Sustainability

Green Rating
79

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
21

Average Number of PC's per Lab
18

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, HP and Lenovo

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jonny Rupp
Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
236 West Reade Avenue
Upland, IN 46989

Phone
765-998-5134

Email
admissions@taylor.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Jumping Bean (Student coffee shop)
Kesler Student Activities Center
Rediger Chapel and Auditorium
Euler Science Complex
Zondervan Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Ivanhoe's Diner
Muncie- 25 minutes south
Ft. Wayne- 45 minutes north
Indianapolis- 1 hour south
Marion

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F, Sat by appt.
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
765-998-5134

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
11 am, 11:30 am, 1pm,1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
It is helpful if you have already completed the athletic interest form from the athletic website.

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@taylor.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
2 nights

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Indianapolis International Airport, 2 hours south of Taylor, and Fort Wayne International Airport, 1 hour north of Taylor campus. Shuttle services to and from the airports are available by van or car.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the north: Take I-69 south to Exit 259. Turn east and follow SR 22 through Upland. Upland campus is about a mile south of town on the west side of the road. From the south: Take I-69 north to SR 26. Turn east and follow to Upland and Taylor's campus. From the west: Follow SR 26 east into Upland. The campus is 7 miles west of Hartford City. From the east: Take SR 18 west to SR 5. Turn south and go to SR 22. Follow SR 22 through Upland. The campus is about a mile south of town on the west side of the road.

Local Accommodations
The three closest hotels (10 minutes drive) are located off of I-69 (Exit 159) on Hwy 22 in Gas City. Best Western (765-998-2331) has a pool and workout room, and offers a continental breakfast, and Super 8 (765-998-6800) is located across the street and offers more basic service. Holiday Inn Express is on the west side of I-69 (765-674-6664). Also, 5 miles north of Gas City, at exit 164, is Days Inn (765-664-5840).
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Key Stats

1,496
Applicants
2,103
Size
88%
Acceptance Rate
1120
SAT Scores

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