Sweet Briar College


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Sweet Briar College


$23,540 / year

Room and Board


Application deadline

February 1

Application fee


Educational Resources


Sweet Briar College offers three other libraries, the Junius P. Fishburn Music Library, the Wick (closed stack) Library, and the Martin C. Shallenberger Book Arts Library. These libraries, combined with the Mary Helen Cochran Library, provide students with one of the largest private college libraries in Virginia.

  • Member of library consortia.
  • 257,815 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents.
  • 42,813 current serial subscriptions.
  • 461,668 microforms.
  • 11,101 Audio/Visual items.
  • 49,713 e-books.

Museums & Art

Students studying science use state-of-the-art equipment that enhances faculty-student collaborative research; biology equipment includes a scanning electron microscope with digital imaging system, equipment for plant and animal tissue culture, photomicrography, ultracentrifugation, electrophoresis, DNA synthesizer, and advanced video production facilities; chemistry students have access to two nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers (NMR; 400 MHz and 60 MHz), an atomic absorption spectrometer (AAS), a diode array UV/Vis spectrometer, a Fourier transform-infrared spectrometer (FT-IR), a modular LASER laboratory, a gas chromatograph/mass spectrograph (GC/MS), a high-pressure liquid chromatograph (HPLC), and a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC); Physics equipment includes a scanning tunneling microscope, an X-ray crystallography system, a 12? reflector telescope housed in an observatory, Linux workstations dedicated to radio astronomy research, a laser system (Q-switched Nd:YAG) with optical parametric oscillator, and holographic instrumentation; mathematics facilities include a calculus computer lab.Murchison Lane Auditorium in the Babcock Fine Arts Center; Pannell Art Gallery with touring exhibitions in Babcock and Benedict; Sweet Briar Museum which houses artifacts from the College’s founders and history; and The Florence Elston Inn and Conference Center provides a 10,000 square foot conference facility and deluxe accommodations.



  • Students are not required to take a computer course.
  • Students are not required to own or lease a computer.

Campus Resources

  • 70 computers for student use in locations such as computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center

Student accommodations

  • Email accounts are available to all students.
  • Internet access is available to all students.
  • Student web-pages are permitted.
  • Online class registration is available.
  • 99% of college-owned hosting units are available for internet access.

Wireless Internet Hotspots

  • Wifi is available in some of the libraries (excluding computer labs), in some classrooms, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, in some of the college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing



nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, health insurance


career, personal, academic, psychological, religious


on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, career/job search classes, alumni network, interest inventory, interview training

Campus Safety

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Campus Life



  • The school offers housing for students.
  • 90% of students live in school housing.
  • The school will provide assistance for off-campus housing

Types of housing available

  • In total, there are 7 housing buildings.

Room Accessories

  • 100% of rooms are equipped with sprinkler systems.
  • 100% of rooms are equipped with fire alarms.
  • 99% are equipped with high-speed internet connections.


  • 45% of students remain on campus over the weekends, on average.
  • Alcohol is permitted on campus.
  • Popular events on campus: Babcock Season, Studio Art Faculty Exhibition, Junior & Senior Art Show, Fall and Spring Dance Concert, International Food Festival, traditional events such as step singing, lantern bearing, Founders Day, Fall Formal, Junior Banquet, Spring Fling, Quad Rock concerts
  • Student activities: choral groups, dance, drama/theater, literary magazine, music ensembles, musical theater, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, symphony orchestra, yearbook
  • In total, there are about 54 organizations on campus.
  • Honor societies: Alpha Lambda Delta, Iota Sigma Pi, Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi, Sigma Delta Pi, Alpha Psi Omega, Phi Alpha Delta, Eta Sigma Pi, Tau Phi, Omnicron Delta Kappa
  • Religious organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Campus Spirituality Coalition, Campus Christian Fellowship, Sweet Spirits, Newman Club;
  • International organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) German Club, French Club, Spanish Club, Italian Club, Nations United, Collegium, Students Educating & Empowering for Diversity, Culture Shock
  • Other organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Aints & Asses, Bum Chums, Chung Mungs, Circle K, College Republicans, Collegium, Earphones, Habitat for Humanity, Paint & Patches, QVs, Student Environmental Organization, College Democrats, Sweet Tones, Taps N Toes, Kaleidoscope, Pre-med Health Society, American Chemical Society, Society of Physics Students, SVEA, WNRS Radio Station, Cheerleaders, Pannell Gallery Docents, Riding Council, Transfer Student Association, Vixen PAWS, Vixen Divers, Vixen Inkling
  • Student papers: (Appears as submitted by school) The Sweet Briar Voice (monthly), The Briarpatch (yearbook), Red Clay Literary Magazine (annually)


  • Nearest airport(s) (distance in miles): Washington, DC (167), Lynchburg, VA (12)
  • Nearest train(s) (distance in miles): Lynchburg, VA (12)
  • Nearest bus-station(s) (distance in miles): Lynchburg, VA (12)
  • Public transportation does not serve the campus.
  • All students are permitted to have cars on campus.
  • 75% of students have a car on campus


  • School employment is available.
  • 50% of undergrads are employed with average earnings of 1,000
  • Freshman are not discouraged from working.
  • There are 0 fraternities
  • 0 fraternity houses
  • There are 0 sororities
  • 0 sorority houses


  • Army ROTC: Not offered
  • Navy ROTC: Not offered
  • Airforce ROTC: Not offered
  • Additional Policies

    class attendance policies set by individual instructors, honor code, hazing prohibited

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