Sweet Briar College

344 reviews
  1. Sweet Briar, VA
  2. 4 Year
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    D-
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    C-
  12. Safety
    A-
Sweet Briar College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Data not available
Athletic Conference
Data not available
Address
134 Chapel Drive
Sweet Briar, VA 24595
Website

Sweet Briar College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
94%
SAT Range
895-1160
ACT Range
21-28
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$25,395/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $19,346/ year
  • $30-48k
    $21,646/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,825/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,214/ year
  • $110k+
    $27,551/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
100%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.18 responses
77%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.22 responses
73%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.22 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
664Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
Data not available
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • Driven
    38%
  • Dedicated
    15%
  • Odd
    15%
  • Preppy
    15%
  • Blonde
    8%
  • Unique
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
92%
Poll
86%
of students say they don't have Greek life.22 responses
Poll
73%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.33 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Amazing
    29%
  • Community
    29%
  • Bubble
    21%
  • Isolated
    21%

After Sweet Briar College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
65%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
73%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.15 responses

Reviews

344 reviews
  • Excellent
    51
  • Very Good
    120
  • Average
    131
  • Poor
    28
  • Terrible
    14
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.
  • College Sophomore
  • Sep 17 2015
Generally very peaceful and quiet. Not a party campus, but you can still find plenty of activities and things to do! The only times you have any real noise in the dorms is when the sororities come around to tap new members, and that's not particularly often. There's a full kitchen/rest area in every dorm, including vending machines, so there's no particular problem with finding a late night/early morning snack. The dorms are located in the hub of the campus, and are, in general, pretty close to many other buildings on campus, including the dining hall. Getting a dorm room works on a lottery system, where the juniors get first pick of a batch of numbers, and choose their room as their number is called. Then the same for the sophomores, then the freshmen.
  • College Junior
  • May 25 2015
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.
  • College Senior
  • Aug 9 2015