Sweet Briar College: Narrative Description

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Sweet Briar, VA 24595
Tel: (434)381-6100
Free: 800-381-6142
Admissions: (434)381-6142
Fax: (434)381-6173
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.sbc.edu/


Independent, 4-year, women only. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1901. Setting: 3,250-acre rural campus. Endowment: $86.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $576,625. Educational spending 2003-04: $17,143 per student. Total enrollment: 738. Faculty: 105 (69 full-time, 36 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 7:1. 491 applied, 81% were admitted. 27% from top 10% of their high school class, 48% from top quarter, 89% from top half. 3 class presidents, 1 valedictorian, 7 student government officers. Full-time: 682 students. Part-time: 46 students. Students come from 44 states and territories, 14 other countries, 53% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 2% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 4% 25 or older, 90% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 79% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; visual/performing arts; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Seven-College Exchange Program, Tri-College Exchange Program, American University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: SAT Subject Tests. Required for some: interview, portfolio with courses taken, list of texts covered, essay about homeschooling, campus visit, interview for homeschooled applicants. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 12/1 for early decision. Notification: continuous until 4/1, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $31,460 includes full-time tuition ($22,230), mandatory fees ($200), and college room and board ($9030). College room only: $3630. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Part-time tuition: $740 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 43 open to all. Most popular organizations: WNRS radio station, American Chemical Society, cheerleading, Sweet Tones, Student Government Association/Campus Events Organization. Major annual events: Fall Weekend, Singer/Songwriter Festival, Parents' Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, front gate security. 551 college housing spaces available; 498 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: women-only housing available. Mary Helen Cochran Library plus 3 others with 255,175 books, 450,838 microform titles, 12,464 serials, 10,826 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1 million. 117 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Sweet Briar is located on U.S. 29, 165 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., 50 miles south of Charlottesville, VA., and 100 miles west of Richmond. The nearest shopping area is in the town of Amherst, two miles north of Sweet Briar. Lynchburg, home of three other colleges, is 12 miles south of Sweet Briar. The Blue Ridge Mountains, visible a few miles to the west, offer numerous recreational possibilities, including the ski slopes at Wintergreen.

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