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Reviews 333 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Junior

Athletics: I only participate in one sport

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I am enjoying Sweet Briar

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: There are many resources available to students.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Professors are personable, helpful, available. Courses are interesting, applicable to the real world. Classes are personalized and attention is given to every student.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Beautiful, historic buildings. Spacious dorm rooms with high ceilings and large closets and windows.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus security is there at all times. After 6pm campus security is out at the guard gate to have those who do not belong to SBC to sign in. I have never felt threatened on campus. In fact the scariest thing just might be the wild animals which are carefully observed as well.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There is a variety of courses to take and you will not have a problem finding something that you like. Most professors are there to help. You can have classes that are only two to classes that are 25(but those are very rare). The larger classes are typically lecture but most of the ones I have taken tend to be discussion based.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The college may be small but the alums are always there to help out. They come from all different backgrounds so opportunities are everywhere. Career services has always been helpful and does weekly/biweekly talks. Its rural so jobs/internships opportunities during the school year are going to be at least 30 minutes out or more.

4 College Junior

Athletics: We do not have many teams on campus but are supported. There is always someone to cheer them on but it is not the amount of people you would see at a typical school.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Sweet Briar has always felt like home. That is what drew me to it. The professors are always there for you n matter what Would I choose SBC again? Yes, and in fact I did. When my college was supposed to close and then reopened I went back because it was the only place I could see myself. Its so much more than just a college.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love Sweet Briar so much. Just stepping on campus for the first time made me realize that this was the school for me.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I absolutely love my school it's such a wonderful place to be. The small rural setting is absolutely perfect for me but Lynchburg is close enough and has anything you could ever want to do off campus. The all women's aspect wasn't a plus for me until I came to Sweet Briar and now I value you my all women's education more then I would ever would have guessed. Sweet Briar is such a special place and you don't understand that until you step foot onto campus and see for yourself the beauty of the landscape, people and education.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm getting use to all changes within my school and the small amount of girls but overall i love the school and everything they offer to me and they are always to willing to help in anyway.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I absolutely love my college. Everything about it, from the amazingly beautiful 3,200 acre campus to the comfortable small student body, is what I wanted in my education. The dorms are beautiful, with the dorm I'm in this year (as well as most of last year) being built in 1912. Despite the large campus size, all of the important buildings are close together, providing a wonderful walk to class every day! There are always fun events on the weekend to participate in. With the student body as small as it is, there are opportunities to participate in student activities and be an officer of whatever you want to! Women's colleges provide wonderful opportunities to those who choose to attend one, and with the rate of students employed immediately after graduation as high as it is for women's colleges, there's no place I'd rather be.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Love every minute of my four years!

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Never before in my life have I been able to find a place that both helps me to grow as an individual and completely accepts the individual that I am, no matter where I am in the process of that growth.

I have personal connection with nearly every one of my faculty members. For example: I took a Marketing course out of curiosity during the fall of my sophomore year; as a Musical Theatre major, I thought it could be a beneficial minor to take. To this day, as a rising senior, that professor (who teaches only one or two night courses for the College) periodically emails me to check in and to keep me aware of various jobs/internships that may be available to me - and that's not even the field in which I've chosen to major!

The friendships that I have fostered here at Sweet Briar are some of the nearest and dearest I have ever experienced. While many of my friends graduated as a part of the class of 2015, I have no doubt that we will remain close, despite being states apart. There are so many opportunities to create meaningful relationships here, be it on your dorm hall, in a class, on a team, onstage, or in any number of our myriad of available clubs and activity groups.

I have served as Student Admissions Ambassador since the spring of my first-year and I have never once felt phony or cliche when showing off our beautiful campus to visitors. I am not one to stomach "BS" and would certainly never stand for dishing it out on my tours. Just goes to show that all the love and positivity I feel for this school is 100% real.

Despite what some may think, our student body is diverse. We come from different backgrounds, have different goals, and different interests. But one thing unifies us above all else: We are Sweet Briar women who fought to save our school and who sure as hell are ready to take on the world.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The courses are well worth it, as they are appropriately rigorous for whatever level you are with the subject matter. The professors are also very attentive to students, offering help where they can and making sure that the coursework and course load is appropriate for the students. They are also very open and willing to help if there is a complaint, and work with the students when possible, to ensure our success in the class and ones after it. There are many different classes, and a good variety in general, and the class sizes are small and very student oriented. Lectures are like you'd imagine, but definitely encourage discussion and questions. The largest classes are usually introductory classes, and generally for the intro biology or business classes.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: The alumni network is very strong, and many alums are willing and offering to get in touch with and lend a hand with students looking for jobs during and after Sweet Briar. There are also employer recruitment days on campus, usually hosting military job offerings or research programs (like Semester At Sea).

3 College Senior

Local Area: While there is generally not much in the way of attractions in nearby cities like Madison Heights or Amherst, the local atmosphere is very much like your average small towns- strangers tend to be polite, you're more likely to run into someone you know while in town, that sort of thing. There are some good food places, stores, and malls further in Lynchburg, though, which can lead to good day or evening out with friends. Certain parts of Lynchburg are directly under Liberty University's nose, though, but it's the same as if you were visiting any other college-town, like the University of Virginia and Charlottesville. Locals are pretty friendly towards students, and there are usually some pretty good student discounts at local restaurants.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: At first glance, a typical SBC student looks very caucasian and very blonde. The overall atmosphere is of a general, stereotypical Southern Bell (in dress, attitude, and overall demeanor), and you will see many students wearing riding clothes, as the riding program is pretty popular on campus. On the bright side, Sweet Briar has been working hard to try and diversify the campus, recruiting a lot of people of color (like me) from many different areas of the country and various parts of the world. While the school has a ways to go, it is making good progress in that aspect. Now, with that covered, student interest ranges widely, which can be expected. A few main things that are popular with students though, are the Riding Program (as mentioned earlier), Boathouse parties, and various school traditions, like the walk up Monument Hill, for one example.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus safety officers are very friendly and always willing to help. While the physical campus is quite large, all of the entry and exit points are patrolled and guarded at various points of the day, and throughout the night. Crime is very low, and when there are issues, the students generally handle it very maturely and calmly, without having to get Campus safety involved. I personally feel very safe on campus. Every student is given two keys- a personal key, to get into their room, and a general key, to let them into a dorm. Overall, SBC has a very safe campus, with friendly and welcoming officers who do their jobs well.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: All but one of the dorms have high ceilings, hardwood floors, big/walk-in closets, and ceiling fans. Each dorm has a common kitchen and parlor. There are also GV apartments. These have 4 single bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a family room with a tv and couches.

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Its great. You can party on campus on Thursday nights and several big weekends throughout the year. Other than that there are several great colleges near by including Lynchburg, Hampden Sydney, and UVA.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If you drive in to Lynchburg (20 min) its pretty good.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: The school is strict on some things but very lenient on others.

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