Sterling College (VT)

I encourage you to peruse the newsletter below regarding Sterling College.  It is a small liberal arts college that may not be on your radar, but it has educational possibilities for the right student.  Share with high school graduates who are still hoping for 2013-14 matriculation, as well as rising seniors, and juniors, who are developing their college options.  Sterling’s Sustainable Agriculture Program is unique.  Current HS graduates should contact Tim Patterson, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, with questions.
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Greetings from Craftsbury Common, Vermont!
I write with news that will be of interest to students and families who are in the midst of the college search, or considering other post-secondary options. Here is some background about the opportunity of the moment.


Sterling is a small liberal arts college with a curriculum focused on environmental studies. Since 1958, academics at Sterling have combined hands-on work and exploration of the natural world with traditional classroom academics and lots of individual attention.
At Williams College, my alma mater, there is a saying about a beloved former professor, Mark Hopkins, who used to teach students one-on-one.

 “The ideal college would be Mark Hopkins on one end of a log and a student at the other.”


This is the underlying educational philosophy at Sterling, with our small size permitting plenty of faculty-student interaction. The difference is that at Sterling, students would have cut down the log themselves, and after a discussion with the faculty member, they would skid it out of the woods with the college draft horses and make it into a canoe.

Although the student experience at Sterling has been consistently incredible, the college has flown under the radar for years, and has been operating under its enrollment capacity. My goal is to find good students and enroll them with generous financial aid, and to prioritize recruitment from regions outside New England where Sterling is not well known, increasing the diversity of the student body. We’ve invested in on-campus student services, too, in preparation for enrollment growth.

I hope you can introduce me to individuals will be inspired by Sterling’s curricular focus and warm community feel. Our Sustainable Agriculture program, in particular, is one of the best in the country – we actually grow or raise on campus 20 percent of the food served in the dining hall. The student outcomes are also excellent – the alumni are consistently finding jobs or entering grad school.

Anyhow, this is already a long e-mail! I’d love to follow up individually, and would welcome a conversation. We have 10 open spots remaining for the fall class, and will be accepting applications for the spring semester as well. Just reply to this e-mail or give me a call to get in touch.

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Tim Patterson, Director of Admission & Financial Aid

Sterling College 802-586-7711 x 124

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