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Sweet Briar College

  • Sweet Briar, VA
  • Private
  • Rural
  • 98%2%
    student ratio
  • 703
    total students
  • $34,460 | $34,460
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 1
    fall application deadline
  • 84%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 522
    sat math
  • 548
    sat reading
  • 528
    sat writing
  • 24
    act composite


A Close-Knit Women's College Offers a Remarkable Campus and Remarkable Success

Sweet Briar is a small, private, women's college in the foothills of central Virginia. Sweet Briar prides itself on being a close-knit community, with a 9:1 student-teacher ratio and an average class size of 12. As a liberal arts college, Sweet Briar places much emphasis on learning in many disciplines, and students take courses that prepare them to be well-versed in written and oral communication, as well as researching and analyzing. A remarkable campus and extensive study-abroad programs further distinguish the college.

Sweet Briar's Campus of Over 3,000 Acres Provides Both Beauty and Educational Prospects

The Sweet Briar campus is a remarkable 3,250 acres and includes beautiful scenery, miles of trails for riding and exploring, two lakes for research and recreation, nature sanctuaries, and premier riding facilities for the nationally recognized equestrian program. The Sweet Briar campus has been described by observers as the quintessential college campus. In 2008, Sweet Briar's campus was ranked by "Princeton Review" as the Number 1 Most Beautiful Campus in the United States.

Experienced Faculty Members Communicate With Students as Equals in Round-Table Discussions

At Sweet Briar, students learn from a faculty of experts. Ninety-seven percent of faculty members have a Ph.D. or the terminal degree in their field, and all are well-published and well-respected experts. Faculty members are drawn to Sweet Briar because they want to teach and interact with students. As a result, there exists an intimate classroom environment; most classes operate as round-table discussions, allowing students to sit at a table and discuss material on a peer-to-peer level with professors. Thanks to this style of classroom interaction, Sweet Briar graduates have been commended for their superb communication and analytical abilities.

Sweet Briar's Wide Range of Majors and Minors Allows Students to Study Exactly What they Want

Sweet Briar offers over forty majors and minors, as well as the opportunity to create a customized major. Popular majors include biology, business, English, government, and psychology. There are also strong programs, with experienced faculty and exceptional facilities, in chemistry, engineering, creative writing, history, and studio art. It is not uncommon for students to graduate with a major and a minor, a major with two minors, or with a double major.

A Well-Organized, Well-Established Study-Abroad Program Streamlines the Study-Abroad Process

More than 40 percent of Sweet Briar students study abroad before graduating. Sweet Briar owns and operates the Junior Year in France, the oldest study-abroad program in Paris, and the Junior Year in Spain, and maintains formal exchange agreements with universities in Germany, Italy, Japan, and Scotland. Sweet Briar also allows students to go abroad through other university programs and has a full-time study-abroad adviser to help students find an appropriate program and navigate the application and transfer-of-credit process. Recent destinations include China, the Czech Republic, Ireland, New Zealand, Oman, Russia, and South Africa.

Sweet Briar Offers Many Ways to Be Involved, Including Unique Tap Clubs and Varsity Athletics

Sweet Briar has over fifty student clubs and organizations, which range from pre-professional societies to service clubs, interest-based clubs, honorary societies, and Sweet Briar's own creation known as tap clubs. Sweet Briar's distinctive tap clubs are interest-based organizations that choose their members based on particular requirements.

Sweet Briar is a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, one of the most competitive Division III conferences in the country. Student-athletes work hard to improve individual skills, build teamwork, and develop a goal-oriented attitude, which help them get ahead in life after sports. Sweet Briar varsity sports include field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Fencing is offered as a club sport.

All Sweet Briar Students Live On Campus in Excellent Facilities, Promoting Unity and Community

Sweet Briar is a residential campus. Students are required to live on campus and are guaranteed housing for all four years of their time at the college. First-year students live together in one of two residence halls to promote class unity. Upper-class women live in one of five residence halls or in one of several independent-living options. The newest independent-living option is the Green Village, opened in August 2009, which provides apartment-style living for 60 students and is being constructed using environmentally-friendly materials.

Sweet Briar Provides Financial Assistance in a Number of Forms to a Large Majority of Students

Sweet Briar is committed to helping families afford college and offers academic scholarships, as well as need-based financial assistance, to students who demonstrate need. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $15,000, depending on a student's academic record. More than 90 percent of Sweet Briar students receive some sort of financial assistance.

High Rankings and Placement Rates Contribute to Sweet Briar's National and International Reputations

Students rate highly their Sweet Briar experience. Sweet Briar was recently recognized as a Best College by "Princeton Review" as being a place where class discussion are encouraged and for having the most beautiful campus; professors "who get high marks"; superior career placement/job services; and the most accessible professors. Within 6 months of graduation, 95 percent of Sweet Briar graduates report being enrolled full-time in a graduate program of choice or employed full-time in a job of interest.

Location & Contact

Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar, VA 24595


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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Engineering Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Foreign Languages and Literatures
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Archeology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


84% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied905
    • Accepted763
    • Acceptance Rate84%
    • Enrolled703
    • Female Applicants905
    • Females Accepted763
    • Female Acceptance Rate84%
    • Male Applicants
    • Males Accepted
    • Male Acceptance Rate
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some portfolio with courses taken, list of texts covered, essay about homeschooling, campus visit, interview for homeschooled applicants
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.51
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen February 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer May 1st May 15th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 548 480 620
    • SAT Math 522 458 590
    • SAT Writing 528 460 580
    • ACT Composite 24 21 27
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$34,460
    • Out-of-state tuition *$34,460
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$475.00
    • Room and board *$12,160.00
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Adult students, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students703
    • Male Student Percentage2%
    • Female Student Percentage98%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino5.97%
    • Black or African American8.68%
    • White or Caucasian63.16%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.85%
    • Asian2.28%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.14%
    • Two or more races1.99%
    • Unknown.71%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout1.67% representing 8 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students53% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Female-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 96%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations Student Government Association, Campus Events Organization, Interclub Council, PnP, Environmental Club
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other front gate security


Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Cross-country running No No No
    • Equestrian sports No No No
    • Fencing No No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Soccer No No No
    • Softball No No No
    • Swimming No No No
    • Tennis No No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Cross-country running No Division C No
    • Equestrian sports No Division C No
    • Fencing No Division C No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Soccer No Division 3 No
    • Softball No Division 3 No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty96
    • Full-time Percentage79%
    • Part-time Percentage21%
    • Female Percentage49%
    • Male Percentage51%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio8:1 or 695 students to 85 faculty





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