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Sterling College
TypeChristian, coed
Endowment$14 million [1]
PresidentScott Rich
Academic staff52 [1]
Students704 [1]
LocationSterling, Kansas, US[2]
Coordinates: 38°13′12″N 98°12′28″W / 38.22000°N 98.20778°W / 38.22000; -98.20778
NewspaperThe Sterling Stir
ColorsCrimson, navy, and silver gray
AffiliationsAssociated Colleges of Central Kansas
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
Presbyterian Church (USA)

Sterling College is a private, Christian, four-year liberal arts college located in Sterling, Kansas, United States. The school is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).


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 College launched e.Sterling, its online program, in 2007 in hopes of bringing its message to a larger audience. Students can now complete portions of their bachelor's degree online. Sterling College's online program is now called Sterling College Online and can be found at


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Cooper Memorial College (1898)

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). Cooper Hall underwent a large renovation and after being closed, was reopened in 2003.[3]


Sterling College teams are known as the Warriors. The college is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer and track & field, while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, track & field and volleyball.

Student organizations

  • Honor societies: Alpha Chi
  • Religious organizations: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, CSA (Catholic students), Raya 327 (missions club).
  • General organizations: Pi Kappa Delta (oldest organization on campus), Behavioral Science Club, Habitat for Humanity, AMP (History Majors Club), Campus Activity Board, Future Science Professionals of America, Residence Hall Councils, Class Officers, Sterling College Athletic Trainers, Musicians at Sterling College, TASC (Theatre Majors Club)
  • Media organizations: The Stir (newspaper), Sterling College Online Radio, Sterling College Online Television

Notable people

  • Stephen Carls, taught at Sterling College for twelve years
  • David Hahn, Nebraska politician
  • Lorene Harrison, musician, educator[4]
  • Waldo McBurney, centenarian (transferred to K-State after two years)
  • Windell Middlebrooks, actor
  • Osman Mendez, professional soccer player[5]
  • Joshua Svaty, Kansas politician


External links

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