Sterling College

Tel: (802)586-7711
116 students
Private not-for-profit
The Sterling College community combines structured academic study with experiential challenges and plain hard work to build responsible problems solvers who become stewards of the environment as they pursue productive lives.
School Highlights
Sterling College serves 116 students (91% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 7:1 is lower than the state community college average of 19:1.
Minority enrollment is 46% of the student body (majority American and Asian), which is more than the state average of 22%.
Sterling College is the only community colleges within Orleans County, VT.
The nearest community college is Community College of Vermont (27.40 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 16 teachers has declined by 20% over five years.
College Sterling College Community College Avg.
Institution Level Four or more years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Private not-for-profit Public
Total Faculty 16 staff
62 staff
Sterling College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 116 has grown by 6% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 7:1 has increased from 6:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.70 is equal to the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 66% over five years.
Total Enrollment 116 students 1,371 students
Sterling College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
Sterling College Student Staff (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 106 students
779 students
Sterling College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 10 students
1,083 students
Sterling College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Sterling College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% White
Sterling College White (2006-2014)
% Two or more races
Sterling College More (2008-2014)
% Unknown races
Sterling College Unknown (2006-2014)
Sterling College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.70 0.70
Sterling College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $33,492 is more than the state average of $5,664. The in-state tuition has grown by 21% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $33,492 is more than the state average of $10,360. The out-state tuition has grown by 21% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $33,492 $5,664
Sterling College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $33,492 $10,360
Sterling College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Total Dormitory Capacity 110 271
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 100%
Sterling College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Percent Admitted 99%
Sterling College Percent Admitted (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Sterling was founded by Norman Rioux in 1958 as a boys' college preparatory school. It was named after Margaret Sterling, the deceased wife of Douglas Field. Mr. Field was one of several Berkshire School (MA) faculty members who came here with Mr. Rioux. When the alternative preparatory school market waned in the early 1970s, Sterling was well positioned to respond creatively. First came the Academic Short Course in Outdoor Leadership, a 21-day program for 13 to 16 year olds. It brought hundreds of young people to Sterling for an intense winter learning experience. The Short Course solidified women's presence on campus to share equally in the benefits of a Sterling education. An extension of this idea became the year-long Grassroots project, an immediate success that led Sterling into the world of higher education. Sterling's first Associate of Arts Degree in Resource Management was awarded in 1982. Full accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges was granted in 1987. Several members of the Grassroots Faculty continue to teach at the College today. Facilities on the hundred-plus acre Sterling College campus include fourteen residential, administrative, and classroom buildings, a woodworking shop, and library. Outdoor teaching facilities include a managed woodlot, a challenge course, a 30-foot climbing tower, organic gardens, and a working livestock farm with two solar/wind powered barns. Much of what is grown and raised is consumed in the dining hall. The Center for Northern Studies at Sterling College includes a 300-acre boreal wetland and a building containing a library, science lab, seminar rooms, offices, and central lounge. Sterling College offers bachelor's degrees in Conservation Ecology, Outdoor Education and Leadership, Northern Studies, Self-Designed Studies and Sustainable Agriculture.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 6,019 students | 27.40 Mi1 Abenaki Way
    Winooski VT 05404
  • 422 students | 28.80 Mi56 College Street
    Montpelier VT 5602
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts
    Private not-for-profit
    369 students | 28.90 Mi36 College St
    Montpelier VT 5602
  • Champlain College
    Private not-for-profit
    3,585 students | 42.30 Mi246 S. Willard St
    Burlington VT 5401
  • 1,542 students | 50.50 Mi1 Main Street
    Randolph Center VT 05061
Did You Know?
For Vermont public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $8,738 per year for in-state students and $16,466 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $39,552 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Vermont community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.37, which is lower than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in Vermont is Sterling College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.