Sterling College (Kansas)

Sterling College
Type Christian, coed
Established 1887
Endowment $14 million [1]
President Scott Rich
Academic staff
52 [1]
Students 704 [1]
Location Sterling, Kansas, US[2]
Coordinates: 38°13′12″N 98°12′28″W / 38.22000°N 98.20778°W / 38.22000; -98.20778
Campus Rural
Newspaper The Sterling Stir
Colors Crimson, navy, and silver gray
Nickname Warriors
Affiliations Associated Colleges of Central Kansas
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

Sterling College is a private, Christian, four-year liberal arts college located in Sterling, Kansas with a mission "to develop creative and thoughtful leaders who understand a maturing Christian faith."[3] The school is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


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 is a member of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities.[4]

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


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.[5]


Main article: Sterling Warriors

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

Notable alumni and faculty


  1. 1 2 3 "College Overview - Sterling College". Peterson's. 2007-08-27. Retrieved 2007-08-27.
  2. GNIS for Sterling College; USGS; October 13, 1978.
  3. "Sterling College">"About Sterling- Sterling College". Sterling. 2010-03-27. Retrieved 2011-02-10.
  4. "Presbyterian Association of Colleges and Universities">"Presbyterian Association of College and Universities". Retrieved 2012-02-22.
  5. "Campus History - Sterling".
  6. Baechtel, Mark. "A pioneering music to the very end - Anchorage arts patron and musician dies at 100" (PDF). Alaska. Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
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