Academic Services and Opportunities


Academic Advising

The advising program at Sweet Briar encourages you to make informed decisions about your own academic progress. Coordinated by the Director of Academic Advising, the program provides assistance for you to develop your educational objectives and integrate your academic and co-curricular experiences. Prior to your arrival, you will be  matched with a first-year academic advisor on the basis of shared interests.

Throughout your career at Sweet Briar, you will add campus specialists and even selected alumnae to an advising team. Upon declaration of a major, your principal academic advisor will become a faculty member from that program.

Supplementary advising of first-year students and sophomores is normally the responsibility of the Director of Academic Advising. Supplementary advising of juniors and seniors is normally the responsibility of the Dean of the College.

In the process of helping you make your own choices, academic advisors interpret Sweet Briar requirements, assist with course selections, monitor advisees’ academic progress and make referrals to campus resources.

The responsibility for advising students about graduate programs and career plans is shared among the Dean of the College, the Director of Academic Advising, members of the faculty and the career services staff.

First-Year Students

As a first-year student, you will receive information about your pre-major academic advisor and the advising process when you arrive on campus for Orientation. During Orientation, you will meet your advisor to begin planning your program.

As the process unfolds, you create a network of key individuals (your advising team) who will help you make informed decisions about your academic work, pre-professional experiences and co-curricular activities.