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Sterling College Sterling College is a work college in Craftsbury Common, Vermont known as the smallest accredited four-year college in the country. ...

Established 1887
Type Independent Presbyterian, Coed
Endowment $5.6 million[1]
President Dr. Bruce Douglas
Faculty 52[1]
Students 608[1]
Location Sterling, Kansas, USA
Newspaper The Sterling Stir
Colors crimson, navy, and silver gray
Mascot Warriors
Affiliations Associated Colleges of Central Kansas
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
Website http://www.sterling.edu/

Sterling College is a small independent Presbyterian liberal arts college located in Sterling, Kansas known for its partnership with Habitat for Humanity and its undergraduate social entrepreneurship program.[2] The school is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... Alternate uses: Student (disambiguation) Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to study, a student is one who studies. ... Sterling is a city located in Rice County, Kansas. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... A organization designed to help Christian institutions of higher education communicate with one another. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Sterling is a city located in Rice County, Kansas. ... Official Habitat for Humanity logo Habitat for Humanity is an international, Christian, non-governmental, non-profit organization devoted to building quality, low-cost, affordable housing. ... Social entrepreneurship is the work of a social entrepreneur. ... The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) is one of six regional accreditation organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education. ...



The college was founded in 1887 by the Synod of Kansas of the United Presbyterian Church of North America as Cooper Memorial College. It changed its name to Sterling in 1920. When the Presbyterian Church (USA) came into existence in 1958, the newly formed Presbyterian Synod of Kansas considered combining Sterling and the College of Emporia. Sterling nearly declared bankruptcy in 1982, but was saved by a campaign that raised $3.8-million. Sterling College launched e.Sterling, its online programs in 2007 in hopes of bringing its message to a larger audience. Students can now complete their bachelor's degree online. The United Presbyterian Church of North America (UPCNA) was an American Presbyterian denomination that existed for one hundred years. ... Emblem of the PC(USA) The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or PC(USA) is a mainline Protestant Christian denomination in the United States. ... The College of Emporia was established in 1882, in Emporia, Kansas and was associated with the Presbyterian church. ...

Habitat for Humanity

Sterling College and Habitat for Humanity International formed a partnership in September 2000. Up to 25 Habitat for Humanity Fellows will be named by Sterling College each year and scholarships provided to each Fellow for four years.

Habitat for Humanity Fellows will enroll and complete a "Habitat for Humanity College" course of study developed by Sterling College with assistance from HFHI. The course of study will include completion of the Social Entrepreneurship academic minor at Sterling College as well as servant-leadership development training. Following graduation from Sterling College, Fellows have the opportunity to serve with Habitat in the United States and around the world.


The 1887 Cooper Hall building is a centerpiece of the campus. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. (NRHP# 74000845). A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ...


The College is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. Sterling abandoned the tenure system in the 1980s, partially in response to financial pressures. Faculty are currently employed under a long-term contract/review system.

Sports, clubs, and traditions

Sterling College sports teams are known as the "Warriors," most often depicted as armed Scottish Highlanders. (Sterling College officially adopted the Scottish heritage as a tribute to its Presbyterian roots in 1984. The College has adopted a tartan and incorporates the playing of bagpipes at significant ceremonies including commencement and convocation.) The College has adopted three official school colors: crimson, navy, and silver gray.

Sterling fields ten teams in the NAIA Division II Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. Although results in most sports have been mixed, the women's basketball team has consistently dominated the conference for the past decade, making several appearances at the NAIA National Tournament. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (better known as the NAIA) traces its roots to the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball. ... The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (or KCAC) is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. It is commonly called The Kansas Conference, and as the name implies, all members are located in Kansas. ...

Student organizations

  • Honor societies: Alpha Chi, Alpha Psi Omega, Pi Kappa Delta, Chi Beta Sigma
  • Religious organizations: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, CSA (Catholic students)
  • General organizations: Behavioral Science Club, Habitat for Humanity, Time Trek (History Majors Club), T.E.A.C.H., PEACE, Campus Activity Board, Residence Hall Councils, Class Officers

Alpha Chi National College Honor Society (or ΑΧ) is an American collegiate honor society recognizing achievements in general scholarship. ... Alpha Psi Omega (ΑΨΩ) is the American National Theater Honors Fraternity. ... Pi Kappa Delta is a Forensics (Public Speaking and Debate) Honor Society for undergraduate university students and a professional organization for graduates, typically university Speech and Debate Coaches. ...

Noted alumni

  • David Hahn, Nebraska politician
  • Waldo McBurney, American centenarian (transferred to K-State after two years)

David Hahn David Hahn (born 1955, in Omaha, Nebraska) is the CEO of Internet development company New Digital Group and was the Democratic nominee for the Governor of Nebraska in 2006. ... Ralph Waldo McBurney (October 3, 1902 – ), usually known as Waldo, is said to be the oldest worker in the United States. ... Kansas State University, officially called Kansas State University of Agriculture and Applied Science [2] but commonly shortened to K-State, is an institution of higher learning located in Manhattan, Kansas, in the United States. ...


  1. ^ a b c College Overview - Sterling College. Peterson's (2007-08-27). Retrieved on 2007-08-27.
  2. ^ Small Kansas colleges fighting for survival. Dodge City Daily Globe (1999-11-08). Retrieved on 2007-01-27.

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External links

  • Sterling College
  • e.Sterling online program

  Results from FactBites:
Sterling College - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (269 words)
Sterling College is a small Christian Liberal Arts College, with an enrollment of approximately 500, located in Sterling, Kansas.
Sterling is affiliated with the United Presbyterian Church, USA and is known for its partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
Sterling College sports teams are known as the "Warriors," most often depicted as armed Scottish Highlanders.
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