True to mission, Sterling College educates stewards of the environment who improve the quality of each of our lives through a life-long commitment to protection of the environment, the ethical production of healthy food, and the advocacy for both in civil society.
An independent study of educational outcomes, conducted by a team at a major research university in 2012, underscores our belief that Sterling alumni are important contributors to our collective wellbeing. The underlying story of the study was summed up best by an alumnus who offered:
“If you want a life changing and life shaping experience, this is it. If you really want to figure out who you are and what your motivations are, and how you want to make the world a better place you should choose Sterling.”
Although only 24 percent of Sterling students are from Vermont, over 40 percent of Sterling alumni live and work in Vermont, many in rural areas. Sterling plays an important role in reversing the Vermont brain-drain, and invigorating rural communities.