Sterling College (231095)

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$34,720
2.12% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$22,734
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
4.76%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
86.2%
87 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
146
76.7% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
43.8%
7 Graduates

About

Sterling College (231095) is a higher education institution located in Orleans County, VT. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Sterling College (231095) were Agroecology & Sustainable Agriculture (11 degrees awarded), Ecology (9 degrees), and Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (8 degrees).

In 2019, 30 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Sterling College (231095). 53.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 46.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (25 degrees), 12.5 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (2 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Sterling College (231095) is $34,720, which is $7,440 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Sterling College (231095) is $34,720, which is $7,440 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $22,734.

In 2019, 99% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 45% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$34,720
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Sterling College (231095) was $34,720. The cost of tuition at Sterling College (231095) is $7,440 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

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Average Net Price

$22,734
2019 Value
4.64%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Sterling College (231095) had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $22,734. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Sterling College (231095) grew by 4.64%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,900
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Sterling College (231095) was of $9,900 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 0.548% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

99%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
45%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

99% of undergraduate students at Sterling College (231095) received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 15.1% with respect to 2018, when 86% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
4.76%
2017 Default Rate
2
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Sterling College (231095) was 4.76%, which represents 2 out of the 42 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Sterling College (231095) received 87 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 45% annual growth. Out of those 87 applicants, 75 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 86.2% acceptance rate.

There were 146 students enrolled at Sterling College (231095) in 2019, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Sterling College (231095) has an overall enrollment yield of 32%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

86.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
75
Accepted Out of 87

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Sterling College (231095) was 86.2% (75 admissions from 87 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 93.3%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 45%, while admissions grew by 33.9%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%
Submission Percentage
N/A
Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Sterling College (231095) in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Sterling College (231095) has a total enrollment of 146 students. The full-time enrollment at Sterling College (231095) is 112 students and the part-time enrollment is 34. This means that 76.7% of students enrolled at Sterling College (231095) are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Sterling College (231095), both undergraduate and graduate, is 62.3% White, 2.74% Hispanic or Latino, 2.74% Two or More Races, 2.05% Asian, 0.685% Black or African American, 0.685% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Sterling College (231095) in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (35.7%), followed by White Male (27.7%) and Asian Female (1.79%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

76.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Sterling College (231095), both undergraduate and graduate, is 146 students. The full-time enrollment at Sterling College (231095) is 112 and the part-time enrollment is 34. This means that 76.7% of students enrolled at Sterling College (231095) are enrolled full-time compared with 81.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

56%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Sterling College (231095) was 56%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Sterling College (231095) had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    91
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    4
  3. Two or More Races
    4

The enrolled student population at Sterling College (231095) is 62.3% White, 2.74% Hispanic or Latino, 2.74% Two or More Races, 2.05% Asian, 0.685% Black or African American, 0.685% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 55% White, 14% Black or African American, and 13.1% Hispanic or Latino.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 34 students (23.3%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 2 more women than men received degrees from Sterling College (231095). The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Sterling College (231095) is white (25 degrees awarded). There were 12.5 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (2 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Sterling College (231095) is Agroecology & Sustainable Agriculture (11 degrees awarded), followed by Ecology (9 degrees) and Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (8 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Sterling College (231095), meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Agriculture (11 degrees awarded), Biology (9 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (2 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sterling College (231095) are Physicians (398,923 people), Other managers (159,247 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (131,627 people), Postsecondary teachers (118,255 people), and Other Physical Scientists (102,582 people).

The most specialized majors at Sterling College (231095) are Agriculture (11 degrees awarded), Biology (9 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (2 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (8 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sterling College (231095) are Dentists, Surgeons, Physicians, Actuaries, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Sterling College (231095) are Agriculture (11 degrees awarded), Biology (9 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (2 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (8 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sterling College (231095) are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (488,692 people), Elementary & secondary schools (330,964 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (330,078 people), Offices of physicians (212,211 people), and Scientific research & development services (135,905 people).

The most specialized majors at Sterling College (231095) are Agriculture (11 degrees awarded), Biology (9 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (2 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (8 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Sterling College (231095).
Most Common
  1. 11 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 9 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 8 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Sterling College (231095) was Agroecology & Sustainable Agriculture with 11 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

14
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
16
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 14 degrees were awarded to men at Sterling College (231095), which is 0.875 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (16).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 5 degrees were awarded to men at Sterling College (231095) in Agroecology & Sustainable Agriculture, which is 0.833 times less than the 6 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 6 degrees were awarded to women at Sterling College (231095) in Agroecology & Sustainable Agriculture, which is 1.2 times more than the 5 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

26%
100% Completion Time
42%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 26% of students graduating from Sterling College (231095) completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 42% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 47% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Hispanic or Latino Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Sterling College (231095) is Female and Hispanic or Latino (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 42.9% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    25 degrees awarded
  2. Unknown
    2 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    1 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Sterling College (231095) is white (25 degrees awarded). There were 12.5 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (2 degrees).

6.67% of degree recipients (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    13 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    12 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Male
    1 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Sterling College (231095) is white female (13 degrees awarded). There were 1.08 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (12 degrees).

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Operations

Sterling College (231095) has an endowment valued at nearly $1.04M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $61k (5.86%), compared to the 3.99% average return ($1.62M on $40.7M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2019, Sterling College (231095) had a total salary expenditure of $5.22M. Sterling College (231095) employs 18 Instructors, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at Sterling College (231095) are Male Instructors (10), Female Instructors(8), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sterling College (231095) are: Management, with 9 employees, Natural Resources, Construction, and Maintenance, with 4 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 4 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$1.04M
2019 Endowment
2.17%
growth from 2018

Sterling College (231095) has an endowment valued at about $1.04M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Sterling College (231095) grew 2.17% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $39.7M lower than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $0 - Federal
  2. $202k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Sterling College (231095) received $0 in grants and contracts from the federal government, $202k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$2.38M
2019 Salaries
0.905%
decline from 2018

In 2019, Sterling College (231095) paid a median of $2.38M in salaries, which represents 45.5% of their overall expenditure ($5.22M) and a 0.905% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 14% growth from 2017 and a 0.566% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.5M (41% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$916k
Instructional Salaries
18
Number of Employees

In 2019, Sterling College (231095) paid a total of $916k to 18 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.89M (31.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
18 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
9 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Sterling College (231095) were Instructor with 18 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sterling College (231095) were Management with 9 employees; Natural Resources, Construction, and Maintenance with 4 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 4 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Instructor
  2. Female Instructor
  3. false

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Sterling College (231095) was Male Instructor with 10 employees, Female Instructor with 8 employees, and false with 0 employees.

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