Sterling College (Kansas)

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Sterling College
Established 1887
Type Christian, Coed
Endowment $5.6 million [1]
President Scott Rich
Academic staff
52 [1]
Students 608 [1]
Location Sterling, Kansas, USA [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, Silver Gray
Mascot 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 almost declared bankruptcy in 1982, but was saved by a campaign that raised $3.8 Million. Sterling College is a member of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities.[4]

Sterling College launched e.Sterling, its online programs 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]


The College is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. Sterling abandoned the tenure system in the 1980s. Faculty are currently employed under a one-year contract/review system and can be released from their contract at any time during their duties.[citation needed]


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.

The "Warriors" nickname is mostly 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.[citation needed]

The women's basketball team has consistently dominated the conference for the past two decades winning 12 KCAC championships under retired coach Lonnie Kruse (706-243 in 33 seasons at Sterling).[citation needed] Wikipedia lists Kruse with the 21st most wins in women's college basketball coaching history.

Student organizations[edit]

  • 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 alumni and faculty[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "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. ^ "Journal Awards". Common Ground Publishing. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  7. ^ 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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