From the School

Sweet Briar College will close on August 25th, 2015. Find more information about the transition here.

Overview

Applicants
789
Acceptance Rate
94%
Average HS GPA
3.45

GPA Breakdown

33%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
455 - 600
SAT Math
440 - 560
ACT Composite
21 - 28

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

“A place where students want to be a part of something bigger than themselves,” Sweet Briar College is a small, all-female, liberal arts college set in rural Virginia. Known as “a sisterhood” that fosters “leadership in and out of the classroom,” this college attracts women interested in a personalized academic environment where “my professors know me by name, and [the] administration has immense respect for me.” “Small class sizes” and “professors [that] become like family” are the school’s biggest draws. The professors provide “so many opportunities for students to do undergraduate research, hands-on projects… fieldtrips, networking, jobs, and internships,” but they are engaged enough with the student body that “they will join you for lunch in the cafeteria or joke around with you in class.” This type of care and attention, so characteristic of Sweet Briar, begins even before students are admitted to the school through “truly special” hand-written recruitment letters sent from the admissions office. As one student explains, “Sweet Briar creates a whole person, one capable of taking on the world’s problems with creativity, enthusiasm, and class.” In addition to “an incredible study abroad program” and career services center, Sweet Briar boasts “100 percent job-placement rate post-graduation” in particular programs like education and a dedicated network of alumnae that “have time to sit down and talk with you, let you stay with them if you are visiting the area, or even help you find a job, and take you to happy hour.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8.4:1
Total Faculty
97
with Terminal Degree
71

49
Women
48
Men
12
Minority

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
95%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Diana Muldaur Dozier
First woman president, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Actress

Anne Litle Poulet
Director, Frick Collection

Sarah Porter Boehmler
1st female Sr VP American Stock Exchange

Marshalynn Yeargin-Allsop
1st Afr-Amer graduate Emory U Medical School

Leah Busque
Creator, TaskRabbit.com

Susan Scanlan
Chair, National Council of Women's Organizations

Debra Elkins
US Department of Homeland Security Section Chief, Office of Strategy

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
80
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,493

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,637

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,907

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,795

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
71%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$23,560

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$34,460
Required Fees
$475
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,250

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,600
Transportation for Commuters
$1,550

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

"Students come to Sweet Briar to discover who they are [and] to learn to chal­ lenge themselves."It is overwhelmingly felt that their"goals of achieving in life" is what bonds the student body together. While there's still a want of diversity and marketing, for the school seems "to aim for a certain demographic" of the "preppy; white girl who...comes from a middleto upper-middle-class family;" the typical Sweet Briar woman "isn't always in pearls and talking about the latest stuff from Lilly Pulitzer...[She] is clever, independent, and adaptable." Sweet Briar women also "tend to fill their plates completely," and it "is not unusual for a student to be involved in four or more clubs or leadership opportunities on campus." The most important facet of the student body; however, is the friend­ ship developed between its students. "Every student is able to find a niche," and through shared values and the many available campus activities, women here create "lasting memories" and "friends that will last a lifetime."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
691
Out of State
54%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
8

Demographics

1.35%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
2.70%
Asian
10.49%
African-American
8.55%
Hispanic
71.66%
Caucasian
1.35%
Unknown
2.85%
International

97% female
3% male
54% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Set in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of the rural South, the school offers access to the outdoors, and that is a big draw for many here. With more than "3,000 acres to explore," students at Sweet Briar are involved in many outdoors activities "like hiking, camping, and rock-climbing, with kayak­ ing thrown in as well" in an environment that makes this campus "one of the most beautiful in the country." In addition to its "wonderful horse riding pro­ gram," athletics like lacrosse and Division III field hockey are also popular. Sweet Briar strikes a balance between being "a suitcase school" where the cam­ pus "becomes a ghost town" on weekends and being a bustling campus full of student involvement. The weeks are spent "focusing on school work Monday through Friday," while on the weekends, students "jet off to Hampden-Sydney, VMl, W&L, or UVA" for a more "raging nightlife." Nightlife at Sweet Briar itself-marked by "boathouse" parties held on campus every Thursday-is more of a "'girls' night' with a box of wine and good girlfriends" rather than debaucherous partying. In addition, students have a wide range of activities to choose from, such as movie nights, laser tag, "clubs, Campus Christian Fellowship, music, [and] theater." Traditions such as "freshmen versus sopho­ more paint wars, junior week, secret sophomores and seniors" continue to fos­ ter "an extremely close and tightly knit community."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
92%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
87
First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
99

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
International Student
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
61
Number of Honor Societies
11

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports ()
0 Sports

Women's Sports (Vixens)
7 Sports

Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: GLOW (Gay, Lesbian, or Whatever) is a student-organized club that embraces a variety of lifestyles, hosts numerous events on campus to increase awareness, promote campus diversity, and provide support.

Minority Support Groups: Unity (student-organized club)

Sustainability

Green Rating
75

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
8

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Available through Computing. Apple and Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Melanie Campbell
Visiting Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
PO Box 1052
Sweet Briar, VA 24595

Phone
434 3816142

Email
admissions@sbc.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Bistro
Riding Center
Boathouse
Library
Art Barn

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Lynchburg - mall, theatres
Charlottesville - UVA
Lexington - VMI
Roanoke - concerts
Farmville - Hampden-Sydney

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
8:30am-5pm; 9am-12:30pm
434 3816142

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Call for times
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@sbc.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Not available Fri-Sat nights and during exam periods

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Lynchburg Municipal Airport is a 30-minute drive from campus. Taxi service is available for the trip from airport to campus. The admissions office will arrange for transportation if you request it at least 3 days prior to your visit.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Richmond, take U.S. Rte. 64 W. to U.S. Rte. 29. Head south on U.S. 29 to the college.

Local Accommodations
The Florence Elston Inn (www.elstoninn.com; 434-381-6207) is most convenient as it is located on Sweet Briar campus. A lovely bed-and-breakfast, Dulwich Manor (www.dulwichmanor.com; 434-946-7207), is about 5 minutes away from the college in Amherst. This English manor house is in a beautiful setting surrounded by woodland. Winridge Bed and Breakfast (Madison Heights; 434-384-7220) is about 20 minutes from campus.
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Key Stats

789
Applicants
691
Size
94%
Acceptance Rate
1030
SAT Scores

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