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Academics

Empowering strong, well-educated women, Sweet Briar College provides a "supportive learning environment where students are free to follow their passions and try new things every day." A women's college in rural Virginia, Sweet Briar is known for "a rigorous liberal arts education" and supportive community that prizes student accomplishment. The school's "Holla, Holla" is sung to celebrate individual accomplishments at the Spring Step Singing, one of the traditions that students have in mind when they tell us, "I would never have become who I am without the supportive, hopeful, and ambitious atmosphere of Sweet Briar." Students praise the individual attention they receive from the faculty, who "will literally bend over backwards to help you achieve your goals." Students tell us that the Sweet Briar faculty take time out to "help you design your own major and will help you during their personal time to better understand [the] lecture material." A low faculty-to-student ratio means that "classes are extremely interactive and discussion based." And students say they get a lot out of their classes, in part, because the professors "love what they do and are incredibly accomplished in their respective fields." Along with an "award-winning Career Services department and the many, many years of traditions," Sweet Briar students enjoy the support of "amazing alumni" who "will offer assistance to those going into the same field." Perhaps that is one of the reasons that Sweet Briar "students are all placed with a job or in a graduate program after 6 months of graduation."

Student Body

Living up to their school motto ("She who has earned the rose may bear it"), Sweet Briar students are each "here to make her own mark on this world." The typical Sweet Briar student is "intellectually curious" and "involved in many extracurricular activities, but always [places] academics first." Students are full of praise for their "kind, helpful, and all-around wonderful" peers. "They push me to work my hardest in the classroom because I know that they won't slack off," a current undergraduate explains. "Sweet Briar is unusual," another student raves, "in that it is incredibly motivated in both academic and social-activism settings." While "there might be a fair amount of Lilly Pulitzer and pearls on this campus, there is also a healthy dose of plaid and combat boots, fear not," one student says. This small student body is remarkably close-knit, forming an "an unbreakable bond" that lasts long after graduation. As evidence of this, some students pointed to the upswell of alumnae from around the world who rushed to save the college from closing in 2015 in what seemed to be an impossible financial situation. "To us, the impossible is just another problem to solve."

Campus Life

Campus life at Sweet Briar is grounded in the college's many "one-of-a-kind" traditions. "We don't offer Greek life; we offer tap clubs," one student explains, "They are catered to specific interests and allow every student to be involved." With regular on-campus events like the "Founders' Day Weekend dance, Winter Formal, Spring Fling, Sunday Funday's, activities at the lake, horse shows, athletic events, and boathouse parties," including events that students from other schools can attend, the college helps students maintain an active social life. For outdoors options, students have access to "hiking [the] trails that run the 3,000-acre campus," "skiing, snowboarding, cave diving, rock climbing, kayaking, paddle boarding," and there are plenty of "movie outings" off campus. Overall, Sweet Briar is a "loving and friendly" place where "everyone knows everybody."

Overview

Applicants
950
Acceptance Rate
93%
Average HS GPA
3.50

GPA Breakdown

33%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
12%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
420 - 560
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
440 - 580

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
18 - 27

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

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Academic GPA

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
5.2:1
Total Faculty
79
with Terminal Degree
57

43
Women
36
Men
9
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
55%
Graduate in 5 years
60%
Graduate in 6 years
61%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Education

  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other

  • Engineering

  • Engineering Science

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General
  • Musical Theatre


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

Notable Faculty

Carrie Brown
Writing Specialist, English

Matt Calarco
Assistant Professor, Classics, Philosophy, and Religion

Jill Granger
Professor, Chemistry

Barbara Perry
Professor, Government and International Affairs

Raina Robeva
Associate Professor, Mathematics

Prominent Alumni


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

Dr. Anna Chao Pai
American geneticist and professor emerita, Montclair State Univ

Sarah Porter Boehmler
1st female Sr VP American Stock Exchange

Dr. Marshalynn Yeargin-Allsop
Epidemiologist, CDC; 1st Afr-Amer graduate Emory U Medical School

Leah Busque
Creator, TaskRabbit.com

Molly Haskell
Author & Writer/Film Critic, The Village Voice, New York magazine & Vogue

Honorable Teresa Pike Tomlinson
Mayor, Columbus, Georgia

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
55%
Graduate in 5 years
60%
Graduate in 6 years
61%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,949

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,394

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,973

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
70%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,026

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$23,399

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$36,520
Required Fees
$640
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

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,900
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
365
Foreign Countries Represented
1

Demographics

1.88%
Asian
10.00%
African-American
10.00%
Hispanic
70.94%
Caucasian
1.88%
International

98% female
2% male
49% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
93%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Rural

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
35
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)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Golf
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: Minority Student Union (student-organized club)

Sustainability


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
Barbara Phaup
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
Daisy's Cafe
Equestrian Center
Boathouse
Library
Art Barn
Vixen Den, Fitness and Athletics Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Lynchburg - mall, theatres
Charlottesville - UVA
Lexington - VMI
Washington DC - via Amtrak
Farmville - Hampden-Sydney
Roanoke

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday by appointment
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
434 3816142

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

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 Regional Airport (http://www.lynchburgva.gov/airport) is a 30-minute drive from campus. Information on Amtrak service is located https://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=am/am2Station/Station_Page&code=LYH. Taxi service is available for the trip from the airport or the Amtrak station.

Driving Instructions to Campus
http://sbc.edu/about/getting-to-campus/

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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