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About Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar College is a private, nonprofit school in an rural setting in Sweet Briar, Virginia. Sweet Briar College was founded in 1901 and now enrolls around 362 students a year, including 356 undergrads.

Sweet Briar College offers housing for up to 750 students. The majority of students live on-campus.About 0% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

Sweet Briar College's endowment was valued at $63.968 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Sweet Briar College spends about $77,467. There are 9 undergraduate students for every full-time Sweet Briar College professor.

2021 Sweet Briar College Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 76%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 85%
Average GPA 3.5
Mean ACT score 22
Mean SAT score 1080
Tuition $22,120

2022 Sweet Briar College Regular Decision Application Deadline

Early Admission at Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar College does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

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The deadline to apply early to Sweet Briar College is on November 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!
Sweet Briar College admits 85% of students that apply early action.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for Sweet Briar College

It is slightly difficult to get into Sweet Briar College. In 2021, Sweet Briar College accepted 76% of applicants. In 2021, 664 out of 872 total applicants were accepted.

Sweet Briar College Waitlist 2021

Sweet Briar College reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Sweet Briar College?

Sweet Briar College is considered slightly difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Sweet Briar College, applicants must submit the following items.

Sweet Briar College Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for Sweet Briar College

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Admitted students have a mean score of 1080 on the SAT. The mean ACT score for Sweet Briar College students is 22.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Sweet Briar College.

Does Sweet Briar College Require Test Scores?

Sweet Briar College has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 47% submitted the SAT. 7% submitted the ACT.

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Does Sweet Briar College Provide On-Campus Housing?

Yes! Sweet Briar College provides on-campus housing for up to 750 students.

Spring Fling, Founder' Day, and and Winter Mixer are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Sweet Briar College.

Financial Aid at Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar College meets 71% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Sweet Briar College full-time are awarded $19,267 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Sweet Briar College a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Sweet Briar College

Out of the 154 students who started at Sweet Briar College as first-time freshman, 46 graduate within four years.

Around 32% of students who started at Sweet Briar College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Based on this information, how does Sweet Briar College sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Sweet Briar College a good school for you?

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Where is Sweet Briar College?

Sweet Briar College is located in the rural setting of Sweet Briar, Virginia.

If you want to see Sweet Briar College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 29 to Sweet Briar, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Lynchburg Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Sweet Briar College and Sweet Briar are like without leaving home.

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College Info

134 Chapel Rd Sweet Briar, VA 24595

Campus Setting: Rural

Sweet Briar College Application Deadline

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The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Sweet Briar College is Continuous processing.

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Sweet Briar College ACT Scores


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20 - 25

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Sweet Briar College is 22. Students with an ACT score of 25 and above have a good chance of getting into Sweet Briar College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Sweet Briar College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

980 - 1200


Math SAT Range

480 - 580


Reading SAT Range

530 - 630

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Sweet Briar College students is 1080. Applicants with SAT scores of 1200 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Sweet Briar College, while applicants with SAT scores between 980 to 1200 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 980 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Sweet Briar College.

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