- 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.
Sterling College serves 139 students (89% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 3:1 is lower than the state community college average of 9:1.
Minority enrollment is 42% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is more than the state average of 23%.
Quick Stats (2023)
- Enrollment: 139 students
- Private-state tuition: $33,492
- Acceptance Rate: 96%
- Student:teacher ratio: 3:1
- Minority enrollment: 42%
- Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
Sterling College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Vermont for:
The teacher population of 46 teachers has grown by 187% over five years.
(VT) Community College Avg.
Four or more years
Four or more years
The student population of Sterling College has declined by 9% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 3:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The Sterling College diversity score of 0.65 is more than the state average of 0.40. The school's diversity has grown by 50% over five years.
Student : Teacher Ratio
# Full-Time Students
# Part-Time Students
# Enrollment Undergraduate
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
# Full-Time Graduate Students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
Total Dormitory Capacity
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Two or more races
% Non Resident races
% Unknown races
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) (Year 2008)
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
The private state tuition of $33,492 is less than the state average of $38,857. The private state tuition has declined by 10% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
Median Debt for Graduates
Median Debt for Dropouts
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
- 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Sterling College cost?
Sterling College's private state tuition is approximately $33,492.
What is the acceptance rate of Sterling College?
The acceptance rate of Sterling College is 96%, which is higher than the state average of 58%.
What is Sterling College's ranking?
Sterling College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Vermont for: Percent of students receiving financial aid.
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