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Sweet Briar College Admissions

If you want to apply to Sweet Briar College, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Sweet Briar College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Sweet Briar College 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Mean SAT Score 1080
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 47%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 7%

Applying Early to Sweet Briar College?

Sweet Briar College does not offer early decision but does offer early action. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/3.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast!

Sweet Briar College accepts about 85% of early action applicants and 76% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Sweet Briar College admitted 111 of the 13 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Sweet Briar College

Getting into Sweet Briar College is slightly difficult. Sweet Briar College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Sweet Briar College accepted 76% of all applicants, around 664 of the 872 students who applied.

Schools that are slightly difficult to get into, like Sweet Briar College, accept up to 95% of applicants. Most admitted students scored at most a 1010 on the SAT and a 19 on the ACT.

It is slightly difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

What's Most Important to Get In to Sweet Briar College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Sweet Briar College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Sweet Briar College 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Sweet Briar College must submit the following items. Double check with Sweet Briar College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and 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

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Sweet Briar College?

Students admitted to Sweet Briar College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Sweet Briar College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
3.75 and 3.99 18%
3.50 and 3.74 20%
3.25 and 3.49 14%
3.00 and 3.24 10%
2.50 and 2.9 9%
2.00 and 2.49 6%

Sweet Briar College considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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.

In 2021, 47% of Sweet Briar College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 7% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Sweet Briar College?

To be competitive with other Sweet Briar College applicants, you should strive to earn between 980 and 1200 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Sweet Briar College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1200 and 25% of scored lower than 980, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Sweet Briar College student is 1080.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Sweet Briar College students scored 580 or higher and 75% of students scored 530 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Sweet Briar College students scored 630 or higher, and 75% scored a 530 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Sweet Briar College?

To be most competitive at Sweet Briar College, you should strive to earn between 20 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Sweet Briar College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Sweet Briar College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

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Transferring to Sweet Briar College

For transfer students, it is slightly difficult to get admitted to Sweet Briar College. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Sweet Briar College during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Sweet Briar College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Sweet Briar College?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Sweet Briar College.

Does Sweet Briar College accept transfer credits?

Sweet Briar College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Sweet Briar College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Sweet Briar College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Sweet Briar College?

No, Sweet Briar College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Sweet Briar College's acceptance rate?

Sweet Briar College's acceptance rate is 76%.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Sweet Briar College?

The early action acceptance rate at Sweet Briar College was 85% in 2021.

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Admission Difficulty

Less Selective


How hard is it to get into Sweet Briar College? Sweet Briar College is a less selective institution. The Sweet Briar College acceptance rate is 76%. This means that the institution accepts 76 out of every 100 applicants.



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Sweet Briar College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Sweet Briar College is Continuous processing.

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

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Sweet Briar College ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above


20 to 25


20 and Less


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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 Score

Estimated Chance

1200 and Above


980 to 1200


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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.

Sweet Briar College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Sweet Briar College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.49. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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