Sterling College is a small and progressive liberal arts college in northern Vermont. Our small size, our environmental focus, and our commitment to grassroots sustainability all make us unique. The Sterling College community combines structured academic study with experiential challenges and plain hard work to build responsible problem solvers who become stewards of the environment as they pursue productive lives.

The College

  • Environmental studies are central to our liberal arts curriculum
  • Small classes, accessible faculty, strong community
  • 16 buildings on 130 acres; 300 acre boreal research forest
  • Private, coeducational, committed to progressive education
  • Year-round college, admitting students for fall, spring and summer

Location Highlights

  • Local living and environmental stewardship are important traditions in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont
  • Spectacular opportunities for outdoor recreation, including mountain biking, hiking, canoeing and skiing
  • The surrounding region is a national hot-spot for sustainable agriculture and local food
  • Campus highlights: 30-foot climbing wall, 300-acre boreal forest, free access to XC-ski trails, WiFi and computer labs, challenge course, diverse livestock farm with solar/wind powered barns, draft horses, greenhouses, managed woodlot, certified organic gardens, and pastures
  • Vermont’s capital, Montpelier, is 40 miles to the south; Burlington, 65 miles; Montreal, 130 miles; Boston, 210 miles; NYC, 360 miles

Unique Characteristics

  • Learning engages students’ passions for the environment and the outdoors. Sterling College models appropriately scaled and regionally suitable sustainable living practices.
  • 20% of food served in the campus dining hall is grown/raised on campus
  • Career Resource Center— 3,500 record internship database, job search resources and assistance, graduate school resources, career counseling, Career and Internship Fair
  • Global Field Studies— earn credit for travel to destinations like Belize, James Bay in Quebec, Japan, Scandinavia, Iceland, Bahamas, North Atlantic, Alaska, Sierra Nevada
  • One of seven Work Colleges in the country—students earn $800/semester toward tuition; the Work-Learning-Service program provides alternative learning opportunities and venues to apply skills and knowledge gained through coursework. It demonstrates, on a daily basis, what it takes and what it means to be a productive member of an active community.
  • Year-round college offers 3 full semesters/year, fall, spring and summer; offers the possibility of graduating in fewer than 4 years; costs are frozen at entering rates for students who are enrolled and taking classes at least 2-1/2 semesters each year
  • Ranked and featured in Sierra Magazine’s “Coolest Schools” issue, which rates American colleges and universities according to their environmental practices, green initiatives and caliber of sustainability-oriented education
  • Draft horse management program