Admission to Sterling College opens the door to a transformative and affordable education, valuable work experience, and an eclectic, diverse and socially conscious community. Sterling’s mission combines structured academic study with experiential challenges and plain hard work to build responsible problem solvers who become stewards of the environment. If you are motivated by environmental stewardship, sustainability, and social justice, you are already a great fit for Sterling.
In 2013-2014 Sterling committed $2.2 million of institutional funds to support financial aid. The College is need-blind with regard to admission and offers a comprehensive program of federal, state, and institutional financial aid. Individual resources can be supplemented with employment, grants, scholarships, and loans.
We know the most rewarding learning is hands-on learning. Whether offered on campus in a laboratory or seminar room, on the side of a mountain, or in a barn or pasture, classes at Sterling are small and foster experiential learning and deep inquiry through close relationships between faculty and students.
Sterling College is New England’s only Work-Learning-Service College and one of only seven federally recognized work colleges in the nation. At Sterling, all residential students, regardless of financial aid award, work at least 80 hours each semester. Work at Sterling, whether it’s on the farm, in the kitchen, at the local public school, or at a local nonprofit, is invaluable for both students and the community.
At Sterling, we not only live together, we work to create community together. We strive to be an educational community in which people of all backgrounds and identities feel at home, where our differences are embraced, and where individuals take responsibility for furthering the dignity of all.
Sterling is a college that thinks big, and acts on its convictions. Ours was among the first curricula in the United States to combine liberal arts study, work, and living in community in an effort to prepare environmental stewards. Eating local, protecting our natural world, and generally being “green” have never been fads for us; they have been hallmarks of a Sterling College experience for more than three decades.
Sterling College offers admission to both first-time college applicants and transfer applicants. We also have a significant veteran population at Sterling. Application review at Sterling is a highly individualized process, characterized by a personal approach.
If you have additional questions or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We’d love to help!