Sterling College invites prospective students and their families to visit campus, explore academic offerings and eat lunch during Open House on Saturday, October 12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Craftsbury Common.

Open House includes a tour of campus, where participants will visit residence halls, classrooms and the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, the college farm where 30% of Sterling’s food is grown. Open House visitors will participate in short workshops about Sterling College’s innovative Bachelor of Arts degree program. These faculty-led workshops will explore majors in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Outdoor Education, Sustainable Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems, as well as the Self-Design Major option. 

Sterling College is currently accepting applications from first-year and transfer students for the upcoming Spring 2020 entry term, which begins in January 2020, as well as Fall Term 2020. Financial Aid is available for new students, and staff will be available during Open House for individual consultations about college affordability. Interested attendees may register online at

Sterling is known for its “Working Hands, Working Minds” motto and its mission to advance ecological thinking and action. Sterling was the first college to divest from fossil fuels in Vermont, and among the first in the country. The College’s continued dedication to sustainability is expressed in its recently announced 10-year strategic initiative, which commits to preparing knowledgeable, skilled and responsible leaders to face the ecological crises caused by unlimited growth and consumption that threatens the future of the planet. 

Recent honors for the College include earning a top spot in Sierra Magazine’s Cool Schools 2019 list of North America’s most environmentally-minded colleges and universities. Sterling also received a Gold rating from AASHE’s STARS program for the fifth year in a row for campus sustainability achievements and Top Performer status in food/dining (No. 2), curriculum (No. 7) and overall for a baccalaureate institution (No. 3) in AASHE’s 2019 Sustainable Campus Index.

To register for Open House, visit

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