Sterling College

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: New England
City/State: Craftsbury Common, VT
Locale: Rural Community (less than 5,000)
Student Population (FTE): 125
In-State Tuition: $29,992.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $29,992.00
Institution Website:
Institution Type:
Private Institution
Liberal Arts College
Residential Campus

LGBTQ Student Opportunities


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Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

Sterling College is committed to creating and maintaining a community which: is free from racism, sexism, homophobia, and other prejudices; is free from the weight of hate, discrimination and fear; promotes and fosters physical and emotional safety; and fosters civil and respectful dialogue. We believe that all people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, and that our community is strengthened through diversity. Sterling College believes in living together in community. Together, we care for our campus and each other. We strive to be an educational community in which people of all backgrounds and identities feel at home, where our differences are embraced, and where individuals take responsibility for furthering the dignity of all. Sterling College recruits and engages LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, and senior leadership, as well as a strong base of allies. We provide a range of educational and social programs, academic courses, leadership development opportunities, and safe spaces for discussion and inquiry. From our Equity Club to gender inclusive housing to ally training to social justice classes to participation in Vermont Pride, Sterling College promotes and celebrates an engaged, inclusive community.

Our Synopsis

Sterling College supports its students within a restorative justice model, prioritizing social justice and equity as core values. We offer a wide range of experiential opportunities for LGBTQ & Ally students. We have a campus-wide safe space policy, and social justice and ally trainings for faculty, students, and staff. We host an Equity Club where community members facilitate workshops and conversations around LGBTQ issues on campus and in the world at large. All community members self-identify their gender identity and sexual orientation. Gender neutral restrooms and accommodations are available throughout campus. Our community supports an intentional culture inclusive of all genders, sexualities, and intersecting identities. Community Advisors advise and advocate for all students with questions, problems, and crises and are a direct link between students and the Dean of Community. All Wellness staff, including Community Advisors, are specially trained to work within and actively support the LGBTQ student community. Our College Counselor is trained to support students around identity, coming out, and transition. Sterling also has weekly Community Meetings and Community Councils where all students, staff, and faculty come together, face-to-face, to discuss issues and concerns, and demonstrate our appreciation for each other. Coursework in social justice allow students to discuss LGBTQ issues in academic and community settings.


Admissions Office

Sterling College Admissions Office

Tim Patterson
Sterling College
PO Box 72
16 Sterling Drive
Craftsbury Common, VT 05827

Phone: 802-586-7711

Admission Application Deadline:

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Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

Sterling College
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
4 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
4 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
2.5 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
4 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
2 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
4.5 of 5
Sections greyed out mean the campus does not offer those services

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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