Sweet Briar College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Sweet Briar College campus on a sunny day.

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To apply to Sweet Briar College, applicants will need to submit a completed application, official high school transcripts, scores from the SAT or ACT, and a letter of recommendation. The school has an acceptance rate of 93%, making it accessible to almost all interested students. For more information, visit the school's website, or get in touch with the admissions office.

Admissions Data (2016):

Sweet Briar College Description:

Sweet Briar College is a small private liberal arts college for women located on a 3,250-acre campus in Sweet Briar, Virginia, a town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Sweet Briar College was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Other notable features include well-regarded junior year programs in France and Spain, one of the country's most beautiful campuses, a top equestrian program, and an impressive 9 to 1 student / faculty ratio. In athletics, the Sweet Briar Vixens compete in the NCAA Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 376 (365 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 2% Male / 98% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $36,425
  • Books: $1,250 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,635
  • Other Expenses: $2,850
  • Total Cost: $53,160

Sweet Briar College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 96%
    • Loans: 75%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $24,679
    • Loans: $6,381

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 50%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 55%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 61%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Women's Sports: Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Riding, Soccer, Softball, Swimming

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Sweet Briar College Mission Statement:

mission statement from http://sbc.edu/about/mission/

"Sweet Briar College prepares women (and at the graduate level, men as well) to be productive, responsible members of a world community. It focuses on personal and professional achievement through a customized educational program that combines the liberal arts, preparation for careers, and individual development. The faculty and staff guide students to become active learners, to reason clearly, to speak and write persuasively, and to lead with integrity. They do so by creating an educational environment that is both intense and supportive and where learning occurs in many different venues, including the classroom, the community and the world." 

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