Sterling College to Hold Winter Open House on February 8

Sterling College, Vermont’s cornerstone institution addressing the climate emergency, is offering an opportunity for prospective students and their families to visit campus, explore its academic offerings, and eat lunch in its nationally-recognized dining hall by hosting an Open House on Saturday, February 8 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on its campus 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. Sterling faculty and students will present on Sterling College’s innovative Bachelor of Arts degree program. These presentations 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 Fall 2020. Financial aid is available for new students, and staff will be available during Open House for individual consultations about college affordability. Explore scholarships and awards that are available in support of affordable higher education, including the Hermit Thrush Scholarship, Sterling’s new four-year, full-ride (tuition and room and board) scholarship being offered to two Vermont residents.

Interested attendees may register online at

Sterling is known for its “Working Hands, Working Minds” motto and mission of advancing ecological thinking and action. The College has 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. 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. 

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