Location
Craftsbury Common, VT
Undergrads
81
Tuition
$29,310
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 10 total reviews with an average rating of 3

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4 College Senior

Diversity: Sterling does a really good job of keeping a diverse student body. We have a lot of folks who come from a wide variety of places, backgrounds, and experiences.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: There is a small weed culture on campus and some folks who enjoy a drink at the end of the day, however neither are done to an abusive level, nor is it flaunted and rubbed in anyone's face. It's a respectful community of people who enjoy substances.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: recreation but nothing else – Sterling is in the middle of Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. There are tons of recreation opportunities, but nothing else really to do.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Transferred out - but didn't fall out of love with the school – like too many first year students, I transferred out of Sterling after only 1 semester. There were many reasons I made this decision, but what most of them came down to is that it was simply too small for me. I needed to be able to explore more, academically, socially, geographically, culturally, etc... Sterling has changed somewhat recently from a 2 yr program to a 4 yr liberal arts college. They know what they're doing when it comes to community building, outdoor ed, conservation ecology, and sustainable agriculture. They are still working on the "whole student" liberal arts aspect. I think Sterling as it is right now is best for transfer students who plan to spend only 1 or 2 years there.

While I did transfer out, Sterling was an amazing experience, and right for me for one semester. There will always be a place in my heart for Sterling.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: typical but hard to get away from – I dont feel like Sterlings drug scene is particularly abnormal from other colleges. Plenty of weed is regularly smoked but some, but not all students. People like chilling out in their room, or their over 21 yr-old friend's room, with a beer on any given night. The problem for me lay in simply in the size of the college. I'm not really into weed and it felt like the people who didnt smoke so much were either in a relationship (ie not around) or were annoying. (I guess since I wasn't in a relationship that puts me in the second category...? hmmm... maybe I should rethink that statement.)
Weed isn't in your face at all, but its a social lubricant. If you if you don't smoke it might be harder for you to find friend.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: It's Northern Vermont – I'm a cali kid, and didn't realize that weather actually affects people's day-to-day. It's in the Northeast Kingdom, which has its advantages and disadvantages - but it will definitely affect you

1 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: too many in relationships – Here's the problem: there aren't that many girls and they're almost ALL in relationships. It's not a bad place to meet people if your looking for a relationship with a specific kind of person... but otherwise it can be tough to meet a partner or even to make friends with girls that are already in intense relationships.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not Strict – Sterling is not at all strict. There are no officers of any kind around because it is such a tiny community and we all look out for each other. Being "written up" doesn't amount to anything, and being written-up mutliple times means a meeting with the dean. Eventually, if RS complaints continue, students in question would have to put on a community event (e.g. bike polo). I've never heard of anyone getting kicked out because of school policies. I assume someone partying THAT hard would flunk out before getting kicked out.
Also if a drinking or drug problem has been identified by faculty, there will be a community meeting held to discuss and change the issue.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Diverse in Non-Standard Ways – A lot of liberal arts colleges say, "we are diverse in beliefs, if not racially". Sterling is fairly homogenously new-england folk, and really not very diverse at all. not really diverse although a few none white students. There is diversity in city vs. rural folk. People tend to be relatively poor, or at least claim to be. Most people wear the same clothes: carharts, plaid. sexual orientation is wide open. Generally students are non-jedgemental though of any kind of person -- well except Jersey Shore type people.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Everyone "parties" on weekends with their close friends, but actually having a party party where everyone is will only happen once or twice a month

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