Sterling College

125 W. Cooper, Sterling, KS 67579

School Details

Students first studied liberal arts, education, and business at Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas in the late nineteenth century. The college opened as Cooper Memorial College in 1887, named after a respected leader of the Presbyterian Church. In 1919, the school’s president, Dr. Turner, changed the name to Sterling College so he would not have to repeatedly inform people of its location. Though the name changed, the vision did not and the private, not-for-profit Sterling College continues to educate students while placing an emphasis on the Christian faith. Sterling is a liberal arts college offering a variety of undergraduate degrees focusing on Liberal Arts & Sciences, Professional Studies, and Secondary Education Licensure. Students can explore programs of study in Communication & Theatre Arts to majors in Biology or Psychology. Today, Sterling enrolls nearly 700 students with a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

Sterling College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the Kansas Department of Education. Sterling was recently awarded its highest accreditation rating. Additionally, the Education program is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Sterling College Online offers degrees in Education, History, Christian Ministries, Theological Studies, and Organizational Management. Online education degrees are offered through STEP (Sterling Teacher Education Program) and include:

  •     Elementary Education (K-6)
  •     History (6-12 Endorsement)
  •     Mathematics (6-12 Endorsement)
  •     Adaptive Special Education Add-On Endorsement for teachers with a Kansas license
  •     Professional Studies program assisting students with Bachelor’s degrees to achieve a teaching licensure
Students completing online courses take classes that mirror those of on-campus degrees, with the exceptions of the Christian Ministries and Theological Studies programs. And similar to the on-campus environment, Sterling works to retain its faith-based mission by requiring online students to complete 11-13 credit hours of Theology and Ministry. These courses include topics like Philosophy for Faith and Life and Introduction to New Testament. Sterling College’s online program simply gives students flexibility to complete assignments with 24/7 course access at their convenience.

Students interested in applying to Sterling College need to submit the application and fee, official transcripts and ACT/SAT scores. First-year students must enter with a minimum 2.2 cumulative high school GPA with a minimum ACT score of 18 or SAT total score of 1290. Sterling works with students to award credits earned via assessments, including the AP Exam, CLEP, DANTES, and institutional credit by examination. Transfer students may be awarded up to 65 credit hours. In addition, international students will need to provide proof of English proficiency by submitting their TOEFL assessment score. In recognition of the service to our country, Sterling College also acknowledges qualifying GED diplomas for veterans as a basis for admission.

The tuition for Sterling College Online is $350 per credit hour. Sterling College offers financial aid through loans, grants, scholarships and employment to help students combat the cost of education. Sterling supports federal financial aid programs, along with programs offered by the state of Kansas for qualifying students.

Federal Aid
  •     Federal Pell Grant
  •     Federal TEACH Grant
  •     Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  •     Federal Student Loan
  •     Federal Parent PLUS Loan
  •     Federal Perkins Loan
Kansas State Aid
  •     Kansas Comprehensive Grant
  •     Kansas State Scholarship
  •     Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship
  •     Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship
Sterling College also offers merit-based scholarships and possible activity scholarships for students participating in the arts or athletics. Students may also be eligible for free book scholarships. Sterling supports veterans through its participation in the GI Bill. Sterling also works with military personnel to award college-level credit for prior training and experience.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Bachelor's degree
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  • Calendar System:
    Four-one-four plan



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