A complete ecosystem of transformation and learning.
We live together. We learn together. We work together. And we create community together—everyone actively creates a space where they can feel at home with themselves and each other. We value our connections and we’re on a first-name basis with everyone—including our President and the Board of Trustees.
Life at Sterling is warm, respectful, and above all, supportive as we all share our individual journeys toward ecological thinking and action.
Work at Sterling College
We rise early, and we work hard. Sterling is one of only seven federally recognized work colleges in the nation. By integrating work, learning, and service throughout your experience, you not only offset your tuition, but also contribute to the Sterling ecosystem, acquiring career-ready skills.
The Sterling College Community
The Sterling College community: committed, respectful, supportive, and warm (no matter what the temperature might be outside).
We work and play hard, taking advantage of the rural surroundings to enjoy activities such as contra dancing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and relaxing around bonfires at the College’s lean-tos above the Black River.
We also support each other through community governance. At Sterling, you’ll tackle issues and awarenesses in Community Meeting. You can dig deeper into specific areas of campus life and academic policies in Community and Academic Councils, the Lands & Energy Committee, task forces, and more.
No matter what, you’ll change and be changed by the entire Sterling ecosystem.
Sterling College Athletics
Education is place-based at Sterling and so is athletics.
Sterling fields two teams: the country’s first and only college Mountain and Trail Running Team, which competes in regional events ranging from 5k trail runs to 50-mile ultra marathons, and our Division III Nordic Ski Team, which trains at the renowned Craftsbury Outdoor Center.
We also have fitness equipment, a challenge course, climbing wall, and the Northeast Kingdom’s stunning 2,000-square-miles to explore.
Student Activities at Sterling College
Self-governance means self-starting, so activities at Sterling College change as our community evolves. Get involved with our Student Activities Committee to plan community lectures, concerts, dances, and nature excursions. Or invite the community to play Ultimate Frisbee, sample small-batch coffees, craft for purpose, or serve others making Pies for People.
At Sterling, it’s all about making things happen, whether you’re growing beets or getting them into the hands of those who need them.
Health and Wellness at Sterling College
We look at the health of our community ecosystem from the ground up. From campus safety to promoting respect and inclusion on campus, the Sterling College Wellness Team seeks to provide an environment where you can flourish.
Craftsbury Common, Vermont
Our town is an iconic New England village of white clapboard buildings and cozy cottages. Tucked into Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, we are an international destination for outdoor recreation and innovative rural food systems. Snowboard, ski, backpack, rock climb, canoe, cycle, and fish. Then explore our nearby foodshed with some of the most progressive—and delicious—farms, dairies, and artisanal food producers in the world. (A few to try: the Cellars at Jasper Hill, the Parker Pie Company, Pete’s Greens, High Mowing Seeds, Hill Farmstead Brewery, and the Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center.)
This is the community where Sterling makes its home.