Academically Focused
Our best and brightest tradition is that of academic excellence. From our founding, we have always sought the best professors, facilities, and tools to help our students push the barriers of conventional education.
Female Focused
From our inception in 1901, Sweet Briar College has been female focused — created by a woman for women.
Lifelong Learners
A Sweet Briar education is one that stands the test of time by encouraging you never to stop learning, never stop evolving, never stop working.
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Academics at Sweet Briar College

At Sweet Briar
Derived from the Latin humanitas, the academic disciplines of the humanities study the human condition through the analysis of literature, language, culture, religion and philosophy of people as they adapt to changing historical circumstances.
Sciences & Engineering
At Sweet Briar
Sciences & Engineering
Through the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical world, students engage in practical and theoretical analysis to further their understanding of the world in which we live.
& Visual Arts
Performing & Visual Arts
From studio art to dance, theater, and music, students pursue their passions in the visual and performing arts with a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences.
Social Sciences
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Social Sciences
Using a multitude of analytical techniques to study aspects of societal behavior, the reach of the social sciences is far and wide; economics, archeology, government, anthropology, and more.
Business & Pre-professional
Business & Pre-professional
Combining theory and practice, our business programs are designed to develop successful businesswomen. Through classroom and real-world experience our graduates are well-prepared to tackle graduate schools, their careers and the world.
At Sweet Briar
With a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, our education students are immersed in theory and practice from day one. With an extra year of study students can receive a masters and a bachelors degree with all required certifications.
Women's Leadership Program for Chinese Students
Sweet Briar College welcomes international women who are seeking a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and wish to do so at one of the top-ranked colleges for women in the United States.

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Study Abroad
Sweet Briar hosts two in-house study abroad programs, JYS in Seville (formerly Junior Year in Spain) and JYF in Paris (formerly Junior Year in France). Students from all over the United States attend these prestigious programs to build their language skills and cross-cultural knowledge through direct enrollment and home stays. In addition to these two signature Sweet Briar programs, the college offers a wide range of opportunities that allow students to study around the globe.

Phi Beta Kappa
For over two and a quarter centuries, PBK has embraced the principles of freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought and expression. Sweet Briar's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Theta of Virginia, was authorized in 1950 and is one of fewer than 285 chapters nationwide. Sweet Briar continues to foster the core foundations of personal freedom, scientific inquiry, liberty of conscience and creative endeavor.
At Sweet Briar College, you'll find...
  • an atmosphere of collaboration, communication, personal attention and great celebration.
  • 3,250 acres that provide a landscape for learning and exploring.
  • a student community that's broadly diverse, tightly knit and unique.
We prepare young women to excel in the modern world. We've been doing it since 1901. And you are our sole focus. At Sweet Briar, women get all the attention, all the student leadership roles, and any career choice is open to you. We think that makes Sweet Briar pretty special.
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