January 23, 2019- Craftsbury Common, Vt.- Sterling College announced today that it will participate in a teach-out arrangement for students at Green Mountain College after the Poultney-based campus  confirmed that it will close at the end of this spring semester. Sterling is one of three Vermont colleges participating in the teach-out program. The others include Marlboro College and Castleton University.

“Green Mountain College and Sterling College have been leaders in environmental education here in Vermont and throughout New England for decades, and we are deeply saddened to learn of their closing,” said President Matthew Derr. “We are also humbled that Sterling has been asked by Green Mountain to support a teach-out effort for current students, so that they may continue to reside in Vermont and complete their studies at Sterling.”

Small rural liberal arts colleges are facing difficult times. While the news about Green Mountain is sobering for similar institutions, Sterling continues to thrive and grow, and Green Mountain students should feel confident in Sterling’s ability to serve them should they choose to complete their education here. With a balanced budget, modest debt load and $17 million raised in gifts, grants and  pledges over the last five and a half years, Sterling continues to attract talented and committed faculty while expanding programming and significantly improving its facilities.

“Sterling will do everything in its power to make the transition as seamless as possible – academically, financially and in all other ways,” said Tim Patterson, Dean of Admission & Financial Aid. “Under the teach-out arrangement, Green Mountain students can transfer existing credits to Sterling and remain on track for degree completion while maintaining the same level of financial support provided by Green Mountain.”

A recently-completed mapping of Green Mountain degree programs to Sterling’s available on our website shows that the two colleges’ degree programs match up exceptionally well. Students who are enrolled in these “matching” programs have the option of completing their current program at Sterling. Students enrolled in GMC programs that do not correspond directly with Sterling College programs should consider completing a Self-Designed Major at Sterling College. Self-Designed Majors are a common degree pathway at Sterling, and students often incorporate academic credit from other institutions into a unique Self-Designed Major.

Students who are transitioning from Green Mountain College do not have to complete a full application for admission. For details, please email [email protected] .


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