1. Confirm Your Enrollment
2. Complete the Required Forms
3. How to Get Here, What to Bring & When to Arrive
4. A Sense of Place: Expedition 1
6. Meet Your Field Guides
7. Policies & Guidelines
8. Make the Most of Your Time Here!
Give Rise to Actions, Habits and Character
How to ensure you arrive ready to thrive!
Our mission of ecological thinking and action has never been more important than it is right now. The Earth needs us to succeed. Future generations need us to succeed. We need to stay focused and sustain ourselves for the hefty work that is our calling. With that in mind, we want to lay some foundation for you so that you can bring your best self forward and arrive at Sterling ready to make the most of your time here.
Living in community isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be pretty intense. Working together to resolve conflicts, understand one another, collaborate and – sometimes – agree to disagree – takes grit, patience and most of all practice. We have to work at it every day and it’s a true labor of love.
Following are some details about some critical aspects of Sterling that will test your character, help you develop healthy habits and ultimately comprise a big chunk of your education here. Let’s start with….Community!
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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 a community meeting.
Community Meeting happens every Wednesday after lunch in Dunbar. Don’t worry, none of your classes will conflict with this meeting. We make sure that everybody is free to attend! Everyone pushes their chairs into a circle, and we hear reports from the various Councils and Committees throughout the college, discuss issues and awarenesses, make announcements, and share appreciations. Then we eat sweets and carry on with our days.
Each week a different student volunteers to facilitate Community Meeting.
In addition to Community Meeting we also host “Community Days” right after the Intensive. You can look forward to lots of programming that will introduce you to our various Councils and mechanisms of shared governance. These are great ways to get calibrated and connected so, please, plan on joining!
The Work Program
Among the most powerful examples of experiential learning is living in community. Together we care for our campus and provide for the College’s needs with the understanding that by working collectively we sustain our community and provide a compelling and meaningful learning experience.
Sterling College is one of 7 Federally-recognized Work Colleges in the United States, the only one based in the Northeast and and the only one fully dedicated to the mission of ecological thinking and action. Revolutionary and ahead of their time, Work Colleges have been educating hard-working students while providing a means to empower those students to pay their tuition for over 100 years. The approach of a Work College helps develop critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, decision-making, leadership, professionalism and a quest for lifelong learning.
Our Work Program offers a wide variety of positions in Administration, Campus Care & Stewardship, Craftsbury Community, Farm & Garden, Kitchen-to-Student Services and Instruction. Our Work Advisors and Community Advisors are student leaders who report directly to Deans, Directors and Managers responsible for that particular Work Crew.
Work Assignments happen once you arrive on campus. You’ll have plenty of time to meet your Work Supervisor, learn about how to submit time cards and score some extra hours if your schedule (and desire) permit! Building your resume is great perk of attending school at Sterling so start to think about the kinds of experience that you’re interested in accumulating while you’re here.
Policies & Guidelines
Our Student Handbook is an excellent resource to help guide you through your time at Sterling College. Please take some time to review the Handbook and maybe even bookmark it in your browser!
This information should give you the insight that you need to understand more about Sterling, but our Dean of Student Life, Megan Banner Sutherland, is your go-to with any questions or concerns you have about Student Life or living in the Residence Halls.
What do we mean by EQUITY?
WE ACCEPT YOU.
WE ACCEPT YOU AS YOU ARE, AS YOU WERE, AS YOU HOPE TO BE.
YOU ARE WELCOME HERE!
Sterling is a tight-knit community and has been able to remain that way because every person in our community – student, faculty, staff, neighbor – is treated with compassion and respect.
Safety & Security
One of the benefits of living in such a rural place is that you come to know – and need – your neighbors. This small and caring community is one of Sterling’s greatest resources.
Sterling has no security officers. Since there are no local off-campus law enforcement services, there is no direct monitoring of off-campus criminal activity.
Members of the Sterling community work hard to take care of themselves and each other. Students monitor their residences and shared spaces for cleanliness, safety, appropriate behavior, and uninvited visitors.
Weekly Community Meetings, Community Council, and House Meetings are three forums for discussing security problems and encouraging students to be responsible for the health and safety of their community.