Sweet Briar College

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Private, women's liberal arts and sciences college


1901 by Indiana Fletcher Williams in memory of her only daughter, Daisy


Central Virginia %u2014 about 50 miles south of Charlottesville and 165 miles southwest of Washington, DC, on U.S. 29


Campus community includes 3,250 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Architect Ralph Adams Cram whose work graces the campuses of Princeton, MIT, West Point, Rice and the University of Richmond, designed several of our first buildings. The National Register of Historic Places has designated twenty-one of our 30 buildings as the Sweet Briar College National Historic District. Our must-see campus also includes six nature sanctuaries, two lakes and miles of trails. Adjacent is the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Students, Fall 2008

On-campus: 692
Off-campus: 121

First-year Students

Average GPA: 3.4
SAT middle 50 percent: 1010-1220
ACT middle 50 percent: 22-27
Top 10 percent of high school class: 25%
Top half of high school class: 85%


Permanent full-time: 72
Ph.D. or terminal degree: 97%
Student faculty ratio: 9:1


Taught by full-time faculty: 80%
Fewer than 20 students: 90%

Academic Programs

More than 40 major, minor, and certificate programs

Pre-professional Programs

Veterinary Medicine

Graduate Degrees in Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction

Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Education

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Study Abroad

Sweet Briar's Junior Year in France and Junior Year in Spain are among the best international study programs in higher education. Sweet Briar students study abroad in countries all over the world including affiliated programs in Germany, Scotland, Italy and Japan.

Life On Campus

Students participate in nearly 50 student-led and managed organizations; on-campus conferences, seminars, performances and the Sweet Briar Outdoor Programs (SWEBOP).


The Sweet Briar Vixens are members of the NCAA Division III and compete in the Old Dominion athletic Conference (ODAC).

Varsity Sports

Field Hockey


Sweet Briar is home to one of the nation's premier equestrian programs. Sweet Briar riders have earned nine national intercollegiate championships and eight reserve championships. Our Rogers Riding Center, one of the best equestrian facilities in the country, includes a 120' by 300' indoor arena, three outdoor rings and stables. Sweet Briar also offers a certificate in equine studies.

SBC Graduates

By graduation, 64 percent of Sweet Briar seniors had accepted jobs, or been admitted to graduate or professional school compared to the national average of 50 percent. Six months after graduation this percentage rose to 92, more than 12 percent above the national average. Of the Sweet Briar graduates who went directly to graduate school, 20 percent were accepted into Ph.D. programs %u2014 nearly double the percentage of our peer intuitions.

Financial Assistance 2009-2010

Average award for students qualifying for need-based assistance: $21,016
Students receiving institutional financial assistance: 92%

Tuition and Fees 2009-2010

Tuition: $28,860
Room and Board: $10,460
Student Fee: $475
Total: $39,795


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