Sterling College

  • 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 Black and Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 22%.
  • Sterling College is the only community colleges within Orleans County, VT.
  • The nearest community college to Sterling College is Community College of Vermont (27.4 miles away).

Top Placements

Sterling College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Vermont for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 16 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Sterling College(VT) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsLess than 2 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty16 staff81 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Sterling College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 7:1 has increased from 5:1 over five years.
  • The Sterling College diversity score of 0.54 is more than the state average of 0.38. The school's diversity has declined by 22% over five years.
Total Enrollment116 students482 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio7:119:1
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# Full-Time Students106 students369 students
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# Part-Time Students10 students113 students
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% Asian
-
2%
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% Hispanic
-
2%
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% Black
-
2%
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% White
54%
78%
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% Two or more races
6%
1%
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% Unknown races
40%
12%
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Diversity Score0.540.38
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$26,500$33,600

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $33,492 is more than the state average of $15,538. The in-state tuition has grown by 21% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $33,492 is more than the state average of $19,241. The out-state tuition has grown by 21% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$33,492$15,538
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Out-State Tuition Fees$33,492$19,241
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid100%89%
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Median Debt for Graduates$17,750$16,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,102$6,102
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Acceptance Rate99%83%
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Source: 2016 (or 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.

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