About Sweet Briar College

Founded in 1901, Sweet Briar College. is a Private college. Located in Virginia, which is a city setting in Virginia, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 365 full time undergraduate students, and 11 full time graduate students.

The Sweet Briar College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 5:1. There are 62 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Sweet Briar College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate93%
Application Deadline
Application Fee40
SAT Range880-1180
ACT Range18-27

Admissions at SBC are considered Less Selective, with ,16% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 14 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

82% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 50% were in the top quarter, and 20% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Sweet Briar College.

0%
“We”re apathetic”
13%
“We know about current events and vote”
88%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
0%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
13%
“Sometimes, but not often”
63%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
25%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
0%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
100%
“I feel extremely safe”
13%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
50%
“We bought the gear”
38%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
13%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
50%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
38%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
13%
“They keep regular office hours”
88%
“They”re always available”
75%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
13%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
13%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
13%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
88%
“We only party on weekends”
0%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
25%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
75%
“There might be people who do”
0%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
0%
“We”re apathetic”
13%
“We know about current events and vote”
88%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
0%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
13%
“Sometimes, but not often”
63%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
25%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
0%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
100%
“I feel extremely safe”
13%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
50%
“We bought the gear”
38%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
13%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
50%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
38%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
13%
“They keep regular office hours”
88%
“They”re always available”
75%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
13%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
13%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
13%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
88%
“We only party on weekends”
0%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
25%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
75%
“There might be people who do”
0%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Sweet Briar College REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    34 Students rated on-campus housing 4 stars. 9 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    17 Students rated off-campus housing 1.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    34 Students rated campus food 3.4 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    34 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    34 Students rated class size 4.9 stars. 85 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    34 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    34 Students rated local services 3.1 stars. 9 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    34 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Sweet Briar College?

17 Students rated Sweet Briar College

Ashley - 01/06/2022

Not a good school. The management is completely disconnected from the students and campus life, which leads them to frequently make poor decisions that harm students. They put all their time and money into bringing in new students, but do nothing for us once we're here. They add shiny new features to show off to parents, while we have mold in our buildings and no hot water. Everyone comes here with high hopes, but ends up hating the school within a year. The only students who stay are ones who feel they can't transfer, for monetary, academic, or other reasons. Don't let them fool you and end up stuck here too.

Kaelyn - 02/04/2021

The perfect school if you are searching for a small class size, private college. Also must enjoy the idea of it being all girls. The staff is very friendly and all the students I have met seem to be super nice. The dorms are great and well kept and the food is amazing.

Kristina

I think Sweet Briar is an amazing school. The teachers here are ready to help you any way they can and with such small classes that makes it better. The only complaints I have are the following: 1.The school is not that diverse but the school is working to fix that. 2.Due to the location of the school, you are not able to leave campus without a car so a lot of people carpool. 3. Some girls come from rich families so they tend to not be able to do small things such as (laundry or cleaning their own dishes etc.) which causes problems if all the laundry machines are taken or the hall sink is full.

Emily

I love my school! It is a perfect fit for students who want a small class size on a big open campus with plenty of room. Our professors are very accessible and are always happy to help students inside and outside of the classroom. I am a student-athlete and the athletic program is highly supported and encouraged at Sweet Briar, with a large percentage of student-athletes in the population. Also, the support we receive from alums is fantastic and a lot of times we are visited by alums on campus.

Sweet Briar College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Sweet Briar College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Sweet Briar College is 93%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    When I turned thirteen I told myself all my dreams could come true, and they certainly are (slowly but surely). Think about what you want most out of life and, I think you'll find right now "it's the whole world." So do it. Apply abroad, look at schools based on their study abroad opportunities. In the long run I wouldn't do anything differently. This was my chance to travel the world, and I did; for three semesters. The school I chose gave me that, a dream research opportunity, and a fantastic internship. Sure, there was drama and hardships but what all-girls school wouldn't? I made the transition just fine, I am a great person and I am actively improving myself. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

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  3. What's unique about your campus?

    The opportunities, absolutely. I've had the opportunity to study abroad and experience the world and in doing so I've come to appreciate the small, tight-knit community that Sweet Briar has. The classes are the perfect size and the professors are genuinely concerned with how you can become the best academic (and individual) you can be. ...The professors are probably the best I could have hoped for as well, they're absolutely willing to help you one-on-one and are willing to give you as much attention as needed to ensure your understanding.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    Outgoing, friendly, fun, occasionally clique-ish, generally intelligent.

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  5. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Males, and people who want a large, urban college experience.

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  6. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known more about their engineering department. Their engineering department was taking a turn from General Engineering to Robotics and does't have enough dedicated professors to make the program work. In a few years I think the program will be up to par but right now it is scattered.

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  7. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The campus is extremely isolated, to get around you really need a car or know someone with a car to get around. That said, most people do have a car and in general people are very will to help one another out.

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  8. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Sweet Briar is a beautful campus with really nice people, I love it because of the small class sizes.

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  9. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    All women, beautiful campus, horses.

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  10. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    I ended up choosing Sweet Briar for its small size, and because it was an all-woman's college. I liked sense of power that the school instills in women; it focuses on preparing young women for their future, and had a higher job-placement rate than any other school I looked at.

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  11. What kind of person should attend this school?

    An intelligent, strong woman looking to step into leadership roles.

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  12. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I brag about everything: how pretty it is, how great the professors are, how the small the classes, how good the food, how cool the people are, how GREAT the riding program is, how intensely loyal and dedicated the alumni are... This school is the total package and I want everyone to know about it.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Again, the most frustrating thing is location.

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Student Body

Students

98%

female

2%

male

365

Total Undergrad Enrollment

11

Total Grad Students

50%

Out-Of-State

46%

In-State

4%

International

Organizations

52

Student Organizations

N/A

Fraternities

N/A

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

82%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
2%
% Black or African-American
9%
% Hispanic/Latino
10%
% White or Caucasian
70%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

100% of students attending Sweet Briar College receive some sort of financial aid. 38% were awarded federal grants. While 67% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$36,425

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,250

Books and Supplies

$12,635

Room and Board

50,310

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$27,021
$30 - $48K
$22,770
$48 - $75K
$16,618
$75 - $110K
$23,844
$110K & UP
$32,609

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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