Sterling College

Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling College is the leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship and rural place-based education. The College was among the first colleges in the United States to focus on sustainability through academic majors in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, and Outdoor Education. Students can also choose to design their own major, like Agroecology, Environmental Justice, Conservation Education, and International Agriculture and Business. Sterling is home to the School of the New American Farmstead and the Wendell Berry Farming Program, and is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.


Fast Facts

  • The College’s motto is “Working Hands. Working Minds.”
  • Sterling College was one of the first liberal arts colleges in the world to focus exclusively on environmental stewardship education.
  • #2 baccalaureate college in North America for campus sustainability.
  • 80% of electricity on campus is produced through solar power.
  • Sterling is the first college in Vermont and third in the United States to divest its endowment from fossil fuels.
  • For four consecutive years, Sterling has received a STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
  • #1 healthiest dining hall in the country, ranked 60% higher than the national average.
  • 30% of Sterling’s food is grown on campus.
  • #11 coolest school in the country as ranked by Sierra Magazine.
  • Student-to-Faculty ratio is 6:1.
  • #13 on Washington Monthly’s ranking of Best Liberal Arts Colleges.
  • 21% of the student body are first generation college students.
  • Sterling is one of nine federally recognized work colleges. All students living on campus work to help pay for books, housing and meals.
  • 79% of students come from the Northeast.
  • 61% of students are Pell Grant recipients.
  • Sterling students graduate with 50% less loan debt than than the national average.
  • Tuition, room and board in 2018-19 is 20% less than other private New England private colleges.

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