Sterling College

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  • 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 11% 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
Sterling College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 116 has grown by 45% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 7:1 has increased from 5:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.54 is more than the state average of 0.38. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment116 students482 students
Sterling College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio7:119:1
Sterling College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students106 students369 students
Sterling College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students10 students113 students
Sterling College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Sterling College Enrollment Breakdown VT All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Sterling College Asian (2007-2010)
% Hispanic
Sterling College Hispanic (2007-2012)
% Black
Sterling College Black (2007-2012)
% White
Sterling College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Sterling College More (2011-2016)
% Unknown races
Sterling College Ethnicity Breakdown VT All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.540.38
Sterling College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
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
Sterling College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$33,492$19,241
Sterling College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid100%89%
Sterling College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2013)
Median Debt for Graduates$17,750$16,000
Sterling College Median debt for students who have completed (2010-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,102$6,102
Sterling College Median debt for students who have not completed (2009-2015)
Acceptance Rate99%83%
Sterling College Percent Admitted (2007-2016)
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.

Nearby Schools

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  • Woodbury College
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    132 students | 27.40 Mi660 Elm St
    Montpelier VT  05602
  • 422 students | 28.80 Mi56 College Street
    Montpelier VT  05602
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts
    Private, non-profit
    369 students | 28.90 Mi36 College St
    Montpelier VT  05602
  • Champlain College
    Private, non-profit
    3,585 students | 42.30 Mi246 S. Willard St
    Burlington VT  05401
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Did You Know?
For Vermont public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $15,538 per year for in-state students and $19,241 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $41,540 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Vermont community colleges have a diversity score of 0.38, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Vermont is Sterling College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.