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.
Yes, Sterling is small, and will remain so, by design. We are the only college in the nation in which the whole community of students and faculty sits together each week in a circle for community meeting. At Sterling we value our connection to each other and the typical formality between faculty and students is not to be found. Not surprisingly, we are all on first name basis, including the president, deans, and faculty.
We enjoy the qualities of live that are unique to this vibrant, rural New England village, and social life at Sterling is informal. Our students are not as interested in the kinds of structured events and clubs found on most campuses—they’re more likely to enjoy a long weekend of hiking, a lively evening of contra dancing, caring for the beehives with friends, snowshoeing at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, or sitting by a bonfire at the College’s lean-tos above the Black River.