Welcome

Since the day it opened, Sweet Briar has bucked the norm for the advancement of women.

Sweet Briar College was founded in 1901, the legacy of Indiana Fletcher Williams. Indiana left her entire estate to establish an institution in memory of her only daughter, Daisy, who died at the age of 16 in 1884.

More than a century later, we continue to empower and educate young women to build and reshape their world however their passions lead them.

At Sweet Briar, we focus on personal and professional achievement through a customized educational program that combines the liberal arts, preparation for careers and individual development.

Our faculty and staff guide students to become active learners, to reason clearly, to speak and write persuasively and to lead with integrity. They do so by creating an educational environment that is both intense and supportive, and where learning occurs in many different venues, including the classroom, the community and the world.

Sweet Briar College is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia on 3,250 acres. It includes 21 buildings on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic District.