Sterling College

About Sterling College

Sterling College knows that the most rewarding learning is hands-on learning. Whether offered on campus or in the field, classes at Sterling are small and foster experiential learning and deep inquiry. We offer a liberal arts education through the lens of ecology. Through one of our five established majors, you will gain insight into theory, integrate research into your studies, and learn how to use tools like a chainsaw, a compass, and a tractor.

About Our Students

FALL 2019 ADMISSIONS   Numbers are for degree-seeking students applied, admitted, and enrolled in the fall of 2019.

Average High School GPA of the Freshman Class

GEOGRAPHICAL PROFILE   Percentages are for the origins of first-time freshmen enrolled in the fall of 2019.

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What Students Pay

Price of Attendance in 2019 - 2020   Note: Numbers are estimates only for full-time undergraduate students living on campus in academic year 2019 - 2020. Room & Board: This figure assumes double occupancy in institutional housing and 19 meals per week (or the maximum meal plan). Books and Supplies: These costs include the average cost of books and supplies for a typical full-time undergraduate student living on campus. Unusual costs for special groups of students (for example, engineering or art majors) are not included unless they constitute a majority of the students at the institution. Transportation: These costs include two round trips per year to the hometown of a typical full-time undergraduate student living on campus. Other Expenses: These expenses include average costs for a typical full-time undergraduate student living on campus, for clothing, laundry, entertainment, medical (if not a required fee), and furnishings.

Estimated Tuition & Fees$29,876
Estimated Room & Board$8,498
Estimated Books & Supplies$600
Estimated Transportation$300
Other Expenses$600

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Our Graduates

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About Our Faculty

Faculty Information   Student Faculty Ratio: Ratios are for full-time equivalent students to full-time equivalent instructional faculty for the fall of 2019. Full-time equivalent equals all the full-time individuals plus one-third of the part-time individuals. Faculty and students in stand-alone graduate programs such as medicine, law, veterinary, dentistry, social work, business, or public health in which faculty teach virtually only graduate level students are not included in the ratio calculations. Undergraduate or graduate student teaching assistants are not included as faculty. Full-Time Faculty with Highest Degree: Full-time instructional faculty in the fall of 2019 who held a doctorate, first professional, or the highest degree available in their field. Instructional faculty is defined as those members of the instructional-research staff whose major regular assignment is instruction, including those with released time for research.

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Life on Campus

At Sterling we not only live together, we work to create community together. We are the only college in the nation in which the whole community sits together each week in a circle for community meeting. We are all on first name basis, including the president, deans, and faculty.

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