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!
Expect to Blossom. Prepare to Bloom.
How to make the most of your time in Vermont.
We want to give you the tools and support – and space – you need to really make the most of your time at college. In addition to our stunningly beautiful landscape, we will also nourish you with homegrown food and ample opportunities to explore and care for your body, mind, and spirit.
Let’s start with The Sterling Kitchen!
Our kitchen and campus food system has been ranked #1 in the nation for 2 years running by the Real Food Challenge. This is no small feat and you will love the food you eat here and the close community atmosphere in which you eat it. Dunbar Hall is where students, staff, faculty and extended family and neighbors come to eat together. Every meal at Sterling is family dinner.
Students on campus during the 2020-21 academic year will have their meals delivered three times a day (twice on weekends) to their Living & Learning Pods (LLPs) from the Sterling kitchen.
When you fill your plate at Sterling College, you won’t be greeted with the same-old, same-old. For each 5-week academic block, the kitchen will design a new menu, keeping in mind the seasonal and local availability of ingredients.
In addition, students can expect a weekly delivery of “snacks and basics” to satisfy your cravings between meals. Cutlery, plates, glassware, etc. will be stocked in each LLP kitchen. The kitchen itself will be revamped and staffed to ensure strict pandemic-specific food safety guidelines. Clear guidelines for students and staff are established for proper cleaning, disposal, recycling, and composting. Students will receive work program hours for supporting their LLP’s meal clean up, recycling, and composting.
Health & Wellness
Sterling recognizes that wellness extends beyond just going to the doctors. We work with each student to identify, clarify, and achieve their personal, wellness, and educational goals.
Students will be able to access the Wellness Center by appointment with the campus nurse. Each Pod is outfitted with a robust first aid kits that will be maintained by Pod Community Advisors.
Carol Maroni, our part-time registered nurse is available to meet with students by telehealth or video-chat appointment to help set up medical and mental health appointments, sign out the wellness vehicle and to understand and access your health insurance coverage, in addition to providing for students’ minor medical needs. For in person services, they will work with the student to set up an appointment and will screen for possible COVID-19 symptoms.
Wellness Services, along with Student Life, provide programs geared to improving quality of life and learning in our community. Our wellness programming promotes diversity of culture, history, and lifestyles, fostering respect for the campus environment and ecological systems.
Faculty advisors, our Dean of Student Life, the Wellness Services Team offers support to students around issues of stress, transition, general mental health, and crisis response. Acute mental health issues are referred to a licensed psychologist or emergency services, if necessary.
If a doctor’s examination is required, the Wellness Center staff will assist with appointments and transportation. Excellent facilities are available in Hardwick, 10 miles from campus, and at Copley Hospital in Morrisville, 20 miles away.
Students with chronic or long-term illness are encouraged to maintain the care of their home practitioner or to establish themselves with a doctor in the community.
Athletics at Sterling
At Sterling College, athletics are about connecting students with the world–as an individual, a team, and as part of a supportive community. You can learn more about our coaches, teams and events by visiting our Athletics Page.
The Craftsbury Outdoor Center is just a hop, skip or ski down the road and is an incredible resource for all Sterling students whether you want to participate on an athletics team or not. Learn more about the COC, check out the perks you’ll receive as a Sterling student and view their calendar of events.
Interested in being on a team? Interested in participating in a sport that isn’t currently happening here?
Adrian Owens, Director of Athletics, wants to know! Contact him!
Craftsbury Common is located in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom which is a stunningly beautiful rural place. We have all the fresh dairy, meat, and vegetables we can eat. We have wonderful people, music, libraries and culture to enjoy – not to mention epic recreational activities – but there are some things we don’t have in our immediate vicinity. Do not fret! Everything you need can be obtained in a hop, skip or a jump.
Vermont is a pretty special place and if you haven’t been here before, you’re about to find out why. A dynamic combination of old fashioned values and progressive thinking results in down-to-earth people who are working hard and making the world a better place.
Opportunities for outdoor adventure in Vermont are boundless! Skiing, hiking, paddling, biking, climbing, camping and more can be found in every nook and cranny of the state. Here are a few more reasons to be thrilled that you’re on your way into the Green Mountains!
Sterling College is located in a part of Vermont known as the Northeast Kingdom. The Kingdom is the most rugged, rural, and beautiful part of the Green Mountain State. We can’t wait to welcome you here!
The Town of Craftsbury website has lots of helpful information and listings for local businesses. Here are some of our favorites spots in and around town:
- Positive Pie
- Parker Pie
- Craftsbury General Store
- Blackbird Bistro
- Martha’s Diner
- The Village Restaurant
- Craftsbury General Store
- Pete’s Greens Farmstand
- Buffalo Mountain Co-Op
- Craftsbury Farmer’s Market
- C Village Store
- Thompson Family Farm
Health & Wellness:
- Montreal (Canada)
- Note: a passport or enhanced drivers licenses will be needed to travel to Canada.
Art & Entertainment:
There’s quite a lot that we left off this list so, if you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask!