Sterling College

Sterling College

Sterling College was originally established as the Cooper Memorial College in 1887. Founded by the United Presbyterian Church, the institute was renamed Sterling College in 1920. This liberal arts college in Sterling, Kansas offers enrollment to students from over 30 states and more than 5 foreign countries.

Sterling College offers a number of majors and minors in art, business, Christian ministries, communication and theater arts, music, and theology, among others. Students can also opt for the undergraduate program in social entrepreneurship that is offered through the college's partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

The sports teams are known as the Warriors, and they participate in football, baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track and field, tennis, and volleyball. The athletics department is a member of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, and the NAIA Division II.

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Sterling College
125 W. Cooper
Sterling , KS 67579
General Phone: (620) 278-2173

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Sterling College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management10business management
Education and Teaching8elementary school teaching, music teaching
Liberal Arts7English, interdisciplinary studies, history
Religion and Philosophy7philosophy and religious studies, religious education
Drama and Performing Arts6drama
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy6health and physical education, athletic trainer
Art Studies4art studies
Science4biology, chemistry
Media3media studies
Therapy and Counseling1psychology

Number of programs and degrees for Sterling College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree5718

Sterling College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Sterling College had a total enrollment of 603 students (597 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 53%
Women 47%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 78%
Black 10%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 1%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 7%
18-19 41%
20-21 32%
22-24 15%
25-29 2%
30-34 0%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Sterling College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 54 %

Sterling College Room and Board (2007)

Sterling College offers campus housing for 535 of its 597 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Sterling, Kansas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Kansas Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Sterling College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal430530
SAT Math440590
SAT Writing420510
ACT Verbal1724
ACT Math1723
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT11%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT89%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Sterling College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 16,500
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,500
Room and board $ 6,230
Room charge $ 2,400
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,830
Books and supplies $ 600
Other expenses $ 1,600

Financial Aid:
Sterling College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 194500)

Sterling College Faculty

Sterling College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year5$57,5160*
Associate professoracademic year3$48,6818$45,173
Assistant professoracademic year19$41,6514$35,525
All faculty totalacademic year27$45,37012$41,957

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Sterling College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
Track Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports246286

Sterling College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Mathematics, General

Communication and Media Studies, Other

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Religious Education

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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checked Presbyterian Church (USA) affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
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