Green Mountain College and Sterling College have been leaders in environmental stewardship and sustainability education here in Vermont and throughout New England for decades, and we have a long history of collaborating on statewide initiatives. No two colleges in Vermont are more similar in habits and habitats. We feel sure you will feel right at home at Sterling, and we will do everything in our power to make the transition as seamless as possible – academically, financially, and in all other ways.
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The Robert B. Annis Center for Ecology at Sterling College (construction begins May 2019)
Inquire about completing your degree at Sterling
Please complete a short inquiry form to receive more information about degree programs, credit transfer, financial aid, and other topics that are important to making a successful transition from GMC to Sterling College.
Options for degree completion and credit transfer
Our goal is to make it possible for Green Mountain College students to stay on track for degree completion. Some GMC degree programs match up well with Sterling College degree programs. Students who are enrolled in these “matching” programs have the option of completing their current program at Sterling. Information about additional majors may be added as we review and compare course materials. For more information on how your GMC coursework fits into our model of educating environmental stewards through experiential learning, check out the GMC Transition Handbook.
- Adventure Education
- Applied Environmental Science
- Environmental Studies
- Interdisciplinary Studies
- Progressive Program
- Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
- Wildlife and Forestry Conservation
- Renewable Energy & Ecological Design (REED)
Students enrolled in GMC programs that do not match up directly with Sterling College programs may consider completing a Self-Designed Major at Sterling College. Self-Designed Majors are a common degree pathway at Sterling, and students often incorporate academic credit from other institutions into a unique Self-Designed Major. Self-Designed Majors are approved on a case-by-case basis and are, of course, ideal for students in GMC’s Progressive Major.
We are available for individual consultations with students who have specific questions about pathways for degree completion. Sterling College can also help students complete SLATE distribution requirements through Sterling’s General Education and Foundational requirements. Please see the SLATE document for more information.
Transfer students from Green Mountain College may also elect to participate in global field study programs, wilderness field semesters, and for-credit off-campus internships. Sterling is one of the few colleges in the U.S. that actually includes the cost of these programs in your normal tuition and fees. Our commitment to equity for all students means that we provide access to invaluable off-campus experiences for everyone, regardless of financial need.
All students who live on-campus at Sterling College, including Green Mountain College students, are expected to participate in Sterling’s Work Program. Students earn a wage in the form of a tuition credit through participation in campus work crews. The Work Program contributes to affordability, helps students cultivate practical skills, and advances equity through a shared commitment to accountability, responsibility, and community involvement.
Sterling’s commitment to affordability & equity
We understand that financial concerns are front and center for many students and families during this time of transition. Sterling is committed to affordability, and will provide Green Mountain College students with financial aid packages that are comparable to their current financial aid awards at GMC.
To receive a Sterling College financial aid award, please provide us with a copy of your current financial aid award from GMC. If you have a FAFSA account, please also add Sterling College as a recipient school. Sterling’s FAFSA code is 014991.
Sterling College is located in Craftsbury Common, a small town in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Our campus includes a working farm that produces 30% of the food served in our dining hall, which is nationally recognized as a leader in on-campus sustainable food systems. Craftsbury is also well-known for the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, where all students receive a complimentary trail pass and gym membership. Students who prefer snowboarding and downhill skiing can choose from four resorts within an hour’s drive of campus, with Jay Peak being the most convenient.
The Transition Process
Students who are transitioning from Green Mountain College do not have to complete a full application for admission. Simply complete the GMC Degree Completion Inquiry Form and arrange for your official college transcript to be sent to Sterling College. We accept transcripts that are sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to the following address:
Sterling College | Office of Admission | PO Box 72 | Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
Students may enroll starting in the Fall 2019 Semester, the Summer 2019 Semester, or the Spring 2020 Semester. Sterling’s Summer Semester Integrated Farming Practicum is a good match for students who have been interested in GMC’s Summer Farm Intensive. Students may also elect to enroll in summer courses via the School of the New American Farmstead, a continuing education program led by Philip Ackerman-Leist, formerly a member of the GMC faculty.
We advise students to finish the transfer process as far in advance of their intended entry term as possible. Start dates for each semester are as follows:
- Summer 2019 Semester: May 12th, 2019
- Fall 2019 Semester: August 25th, 2019
- Spring 2020 Semester: January 19th, 2019
Campus Tour Video
Sterling College is located in Craftsbury Common, Vermont. Sterling also offers field study programs in several countries, and partners with The Berry Center to offer The Wendell Berry Farming Program in New Castle, Kentucky.
Watch the campus tour video for an inside look at the Sterling College campus, and schedule a visit.