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 136 students (80% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 9:1 is lower than the state community college average of 11:1.
Minority enrollment is 41% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 23%.

Top Rankings

Sterling College ranks 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 Colleges: Arts & Sciences FocusBaccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profitPrivate not-for-profit
Total Faculty16 staff81 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Sterling College has grown by 17% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 9:1 has increased from 6:1 over five years.
The Sterling College diversity score of 0.54 is more than the state average of 0.40. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment136 students519 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio9:111:1
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# Full-Time Students109 students337 students
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# Part-Time Students27 students182 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
118118
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
-
2%
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% Hispanic
3%
3%
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% Black
1%
2%
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% White
59%
77%
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% Hawaiian
1%
-
% Two or more races
1%
4%
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% Non Resident races
1%
4%
% Unknown races
33%
7%
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Diversity Score0.540.40
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$26,500$33,600

Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The private state tuition of $33,492 is less than the state average of $41,786. The private state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$33,492$41,786
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid100%95%
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Median Debt for Graduates$22,550$14,750
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Median Debt for Dropouts$7,146$7,146
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Acceptance Rate93%68%
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Source: 2019 (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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Sterling College is Woodbury College (27.4 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Woodbury College
    Private, non-profit
    132 students | 27.40 Mi660 Elm St
    Montpelier, VT 05602
    (802) 229-0516
    27.40132
  • 73 students | 28.80 Mi7 School Street
    Montpelier, VT 05602
    (802) 223-6324
    28.8073
  • 5,378 students | 40.90 Mi660 Elm Street
    Montpelier, VT 05602
    (802) 828-4060
    40.905,378
  • 1,353 students | 52.00 Mi136 Clinton Point Dr.
    Plattsburgh, NY 12901
    (518) 562-4200
    52.001,353
  • 1,638 students | 52.40 Mi124 Admin Drive
    Randolph, VT 05061
    (802) 728-1000
    52.401,638
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