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Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar, VA
Sweet Briar, founded in 1901, is a private, liberal arts college for women. The campus has retained a Georgian architectural style of the original campus buildings, designed by Ralph Adams Cram. Its 3,300-acre campus is located in Amherst, 12 miles from Lynchburg.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational No, women only
Undergraduate Students 365
   Women 358 (98.1%)
   Men 7 (1.9%)
Graduate Students 11
Entrance Difficulty Minimally difficult
Overall Admission Rate 93% of 950 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.50
SAT Math 496 average
420-560 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 543 average
460-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 22 average
18-27 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance $52,902
  Tuition and Fees $36,425
  Room and Board $12,635
Average Percent of Need Met 68%
Average Freshman Award $12,981
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 49
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 72% of classes
10-19 students: 26% of classes
20-29 students: 2% of classes
Sweet Briar Population 2,251
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 83% of freshmen, 94% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Vixen
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.9% Asian
10.2% Black/African-American
10.2% Hispanic/Latino
4.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.3% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
72.3% White
0.6% Unknown
International Students 1.6% from 5 countries
First-Year Students Returning 50.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 55.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 71%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 22.0%