Sweet Briar College

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134 Chapel Road

Sweet Briar, VA 24595

Phone: (434) 381-6100
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Feb. 1
application deadline

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#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Sweet Briar College is a private institution that was founded in 1901. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 723, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 3,250 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Sweet Briar College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 110. Its tuition and fees are $33,605 (2013-14).

Sweet Briar College is located in Sweet Briar, Virginia, about 90 miles west of the state capital, Richmond. Named after a type of rose that was grown on the founding family's estate, Sweet Briar College is a private liberal arts institution for women that's home to about 800 students. At Sweet Briar College, students can pursue more than 40 majors, minors and certificate programs, as well as master's degrees in education and teaching.

Horseback riding is often a big part of student life at Sweet Briar College. Opportunities range from equine studies certificate programs to competitions, and the college has a 100-acre riding center and miles of scenic trails on campus. Students can also get involved in more than 45 organizations and play for the Sweet Briar Vixens varsity sports teams, which compete in about six sports and are members of the NCAA Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Notable Sweet Briar College alumni include journalist Lee Cullum and Diana Muldaur, actress and former president of Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which hosts the Emmy Awards.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Sweet Briar College empowers and educates young women by granting the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of fine arts, master of arts in teaching, and master of education degrees. The College sits on 3,250 acres, which makes it the fourth largest campus for a private, liberal arts college in the country. Sweet Briar offers more than 40 programs of study, including areas of art, business, education, humanities and science, including environmental science. Students collaborate with an exceptional faculty, working in and outside the classroom. Learning is a two-way conversation with professors who are mentors and allies.

General Information

School type private, women's college
Year founded 1901
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $84,725,508


When applying to Sweet Briar College, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Sweet Briar College is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 79.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 79.3%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Sweet Briar College is 8:1, and the school has 89.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Sweet Briar College include: Social Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; English Language and Literature/Letters; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 8:1
4-year graduation rate 61%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 19%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 15%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 13%
English Language and Literature/Letters 12%
Psychology 7%

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Student Life

Sweet Briar College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 723, with a gender distribution of 3.9 percent male students and 96.1 percent female students. At this school, 93 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 7 percent of students live off campus. Sweet Briar College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 739
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Sweet Briar College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Sweet Briar College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Sweet Briar College, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Sweet Briar College.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Sweet Briar College, 74.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $21,290.

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Tuition and fees $33,605 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,800 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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