Did you know that Sterling was founded all the way back in 1958?

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  • “I was drawn to Sterling because of the work program. I know that at the end of four years I will walk away from Sterling with a résumé full of work and life experiences that any employer would find of interest. Returning to a sense of place, community, and local resilience is the next step in the environmental movement. Sterling is at the forefront of this movement; a college education here trains you to be a leader through engaged practice in community living.”


  • Sterling College reinforced my love of hard labor and taught me to see the world with an ecologist’s eye and a naturalist’s heart.”


    Ben Matthews ’09

    B.A. Ecology. Matthew is a fish biologist for Trout Unlimited, a cold-water fisheries conservation organization.

  • “This small college is one of the most important places in this country. Any institution can announce its ideals; great ones live them out–in the curriculum, on the campus, and in the portfolio.”

    Bill McKibben

    Bill McKibben

    honorary Sterling alumnus, environmental activist, and author of The End of Nature, Deep Economy, and Oil and Honey

  • “At Sterling, there’s a real history of being able to see where you’ve been, where you are now, and where you’re going. Sterling is a really experiential place. Here, you can get a feel for the kind of world you want to live in, and what kind of world we can create.”


    Brighde Moffat ’15

    Cultural Geography self-designed major

  • “In order to be stewards of the land, we need to understand our historical and current relationships to the natural world and each other. Sterling College courses and our community provide us with opportunities to explore these relationships, uncover the complexities of our natural world and society, and discuss the many environmental issues that we face today.”


    Farley Brown '85

    Faculty in Ecology

  • “I wouldn’t have gone to college if it weren’t for Sterling. I thought college was a sham. But here you can do your own thing and take as much initiative as you want. If you put your time in and give it a whirl, you can have an amazing experience. The people who do are top in their field where they work.”

    Dan Pittenger ’10

    B.A. Conservation Biology. Pittenger went on to earna master’s degree in Hydrology and Water Resources Science from Central Washington University. He works as a wetland ecologist in Fairbanks, Alaska.

  • “Students are able to get so much out of a course of study because of the small class sizes. With a group of five, you can all crouch around a log and minutely examine decomposition in action.”


    Laura Spence, Ph.D.

    faculty in Ecology, is a plant ecologist whose research interests focus on the interaction between plant communities and aspects of global change such as climate change and invasive species. Her research has taken her to the forests of New Zealand and the steppes of Mongolia.

  • “There is so much wildness here, from our setting to people who are having wild, inspired ideas everyday. There is room to roam here physically and intellectually.”


    Lou Lepping ’16

    storation Ecology self-designed major

  • “Sterling values strong environmental ties to the land. The value of environmental ethics is taught side by side with the courses. It’s really the college’s commitment to climate and social justice issues.”

    Nathan Welleford ’16

    B.A. Outdoor Education, minor in Climate Justice[lsp1]. . Currently works as the Event Coordinator for Kentucky for Kentucky, a company promoting the people and products of the state. He received Sterling College’s Climate Justice Scholarship for glacial research he conducted in Wyoming’s Wind River Range

  • “A feeling that almost brings tears to my eyes is when we were crossing the Common and everyone was there cheering us on and welcoming us home. That sense of community and love is why I am happy to be at Sterling. That feeling is what brings me hope and happiness and I hope to carry that motivation with me for the rest of my time at Sterling and with my future life expeditions.”

    Sterling College Sustainable Food Systems Gallery

    Sophie Shillue ’18

    Expedition, Core Curriculum, Community

  • Working with draft horses is exhilarating, physically exhausting, and one heck of a challenge. Yet, despite the challenge, I find this type of work very rewarding, and a humbling endeavor.

    Spencer Mast

    Class of 2017

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    Meryl Friets_9988

    Beana Bern

    Runner of the Show, doer of all things important and magical.

  • The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.

    aldous huxley

    English writer, novelist, philosopher and a prominent member of the Huxley family.

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Sterling farm #cat Don Juan hanging out in the hoop barn while a student works on a #timberframe project #onlyatsterling #sterlingcollegevt

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Flashback to fun in the #photobus last weekend during #OpenHouse and #familyweekend

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Golden light this morning in the #northeastkingdom

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Repost from @kalekaitphotographs using @RepostRegramApp - Just a normal day at Sterling observing nature and looking for signs of beavers #vtlife #vt #sterlingcollege #sterlinglife #ecologystudentlife #nature

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Sterling student and blacksmith Zane shows off his latest creation. A knife smithed from a railroad spike! #sterlingcollege #sterlingcollegevt #craftsbury #craftsburycommon #blacksmith #blacksmithing #tools #knives

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Down the mountains a North wind blows that leaves a cold coat where it goes #craftsbury #craftsburycommon #vermont #sterlingcollege #sterlingcollegevt #frost #cold #wintersoon

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EVERYDAY is a DOG DAY at STERLING. Hannah holds a friendly, furry Lazlo. #sterlingcollege #sterlingcollegevt #craftsburycommon #craftsbury #dogs #dogdays #woofer #pupper #doggo

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The "Name That Baby" sheet is filling up fast! Which name do you like best? 'Cedar'? 'Jesse'? 'Sonic the Hedgehog'? #sterlingcollege #sterlingcollegevt #craftsbury #craftsburycommon #dunbar #namethatbaby #babynames

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