Sweet Briar College

Overview of Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar College is located in Sweet Briar, VA (a rural site not far from an urban area). The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. The highest degree level offered by Sweet Briar College is the Master's degree.

Areas of Study

The school has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. Sweet Briar College is known for its programs in conservation and resource management, drama and performing arts, fine arts, liberal arts, mathematics.

Sweet Briar College Selectivity

The school does not offer open admission. Three quarters of students in 2007-2008 had SAT verbal scores of at least 510. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 470 and 600.


The school maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. Sweet Briar College has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Body

The school had 815 enrolled students in 2007-2008. A very high share of students at Sweet Briar College are female.

Student Life

The school has a residential or campus feel. Sweet Briar College offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school offers students meal plans.

More complete details are provided below.

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Contacting Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar College
134 Chapel Drive
Sweet Briar , VA 24595-9998
General Phone: (434) 381-6100

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Sweet Briar College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts53history, German studies, Italian studies, foreign language and literature, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, ...
Science23biology, biochem/biophysics courses, chemistry, physics, theoretical and mathematical physics
Therapy and Counseling11psychology
Fine Arts10fine arts, art history and criticism
Business and Management10business
Education and Teaching10curriculum and instruction, teacher education
Religion and Philosophy5philosophy, religion
Conservation and Resource Management4environmental studies, environmental science
Drama and Performing Arts4drama, dance
Computer Science and Engineering2computer science
Engineering2engineering science, engineering management, archeology

Number of programs and degrees for Sweet Briar College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree13038
Master's degree102

Sweet Briar College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Sweet Briar College had a total enrollment of 815 students (674 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Women 100%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 92%
Graduate 8%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 86%
Black 2%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 44%
20-21 43%
22-24 4%
25-29 2%
30-34 1%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%
65+ 1%

Sweet Briar College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 75 %

Sweet Briar College Room and Board (2007)

Sweet Briar College offers campus housing for 641 of its 674 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Lynchburg, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Sweet Briar College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal510630
SAT Math470600
ACT Verbal2129
ACT Math1826
ACT Composite2026

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT92%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT35%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Sweet Briar College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 26,995
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 26,995
Room and board $ 10,160
Room charge $ 4,150
Board (meal plan) charge $ 6,010
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 1,916

Financial Aid:
Sweet Briar College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 374200)

Sweet Briar College Faculty

Sweet Briar College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track114
Non-tenured and not on tenure track921

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year18$74,11621$72,808
Associate professoracademic year8$58,93114$57,630
Assistant professoracademic year16$51,13911$41,344
Instructoracademic year2*10$40,115
Lectureracademic year0*1*
No academic rankacademic year2*4$32,298
All faculty totalacademic year46$60,34161$55,078

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Sweet Briar College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Curriculum and Instruction
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Engineering Science
Engineering/Industrial Management

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
German Studies
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Sweet Briar College Apart:

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checked Career counseling
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checked On-campus library
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checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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