Admissions Blog

Admissions Blog: An inside look at Sweet Briar’s Student Government Association

October 12, 2018
Caroline Thomas

As is the case with so many things at Sweet Briar, our Student Government Association exists because students created it.


Admissions Blog: 12 tips for submitting your FAFSA

October 5, 2018
Wanda and Dazane

It’s October, and we all know what that means: It’s FAFSA time! As of Oct. 1, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is now open, and you should take advantage of it — even if you think you might not qualify for financial aid.


Admissions Blog: My summer abroad bucket list

September 28, 2018
Table Mountain

During the summer, I had the opportunity to travel to Cape Town, South Africa, for three weeks, through a program called Student-Athletes Abroad.


Admissions Blog: What I love about Founders' Day

September 20, 2018

What I love about Founders’ Day is the ceremonial aspect of dressing in white, walking up the hill and paying our respects. It is simply beautiful to see the greenery of the campus and all of the alumnae and students who care about this small women’s college.


Admissions Blog: 3 reasons why Sweet Briar is my happy place

September 14, 2018
Dairy Loop

I am a junior at Sweet Briar, and one thing that I have found throughout my time here is that I fall more and more in love with campus each semester.


Admissions Blog: What every daughter should hear from her momma on the first day of college

September 7, 2018
bikes

Change. Love it or hate it, it’s going to happen. It never seems to be on my terms, so I’m going to do the only thing I know how to do: keep driving and don’t look back.


Admissions Blog: My summer abroad in Spain

August 31, 2018
Taylor Allen

This past summer I spent two months studying abroad at The University of Granada in Spain — a place where I could not speak the language confidently, and where I would know nothing and no one upon arrival. While I was very nervous, I was also extremely excited about this opportunity!


Admissions Blog: How to rock your first semester of college

August 24, 2018
Move-in

Here it is: your first semester of college. Maybe you’re there now or maybe you’re already thinking about what it will be like next year. We’ve gathered our experts to help you crush those first few weeks and months.


Admissions Blog: My memories from Move-in Day 2008

August 17, 2018
Balloons

Ten years ago, I arrived on campus as a first-year. I was extremely excited and anxious all at the same time — I am originally from Maine and an only child, so the idea of being 13 hours away from home was a lot to process.


Admissions Blog: Why you should study abroad with the Virginia Program at Oxford

August 10, 2018
Bodleian Library

This past summer I spent six weeks studying abroad at the University of Oxford in England through the Virginia Program at Oxford. I’ve traveled to other countries before, but never by myself. This program was a wonderful way for me to grow and learn outside of my comfort zone.


Admissions Blog: The 5 most important things to pack for college

August 3, 2018
Move-in 2017

Welcome! All of us at Sweet Briar are excited to greet you when you arrive on campus. As you wrap up your summer, you’re probably looking around your room wondering, “How am I going to take all of this stuff to college?”


Admissions Blog: My visit at Sweet Briar as an international student

July 27, 2018
Nathalia

Last semester, international student Nathalia Lima from Brazil spent a few days visiting Sweet Briar to see what makes the small women’s college in Central Virginia so special.


Admissions Blog: Why you should visit Sweet Briar during Virginia Private College Week

July 20, 2018
campus quad

Just starting to shop for colleges, or still haven’t found the perfect match? You’re in luck: Virginia Private College Week offers the ultimate campus visit marathon.


Admissions Blog: 5 things to know and do for transfer students

May 25, 2018
Campus bell tower

Thinking about transferring to Sweet Briar? Or perhaps you’ve been accepted but aren’t sure what else we might need from you? Here’s a list of things to know and do now — so you can be ready to hit the ground running when classes start in August.


Admissions Blog: Sweet Briar College graduation moments we won’t forget

May 11, 2018
Commencement 2016

Few moments in your life will be as emotional as your college graduation. The culmination of four years of hard work and personal growth, it’s also a new beginning full of excitement and uncertainty.


Admissions Blog: How to survive finals week

May 4, 2018
Dog therapy

It’s that time of year: Finals are here, and across the country, high school and college students are cramming for exams. If you’re one of them, you’re likely in a bit of a frenzy right now.


Admissions Blog: Studying at Sweet Briar is rigorous and rewarding, says visiting engineering student

April 27, 2018
Megan DeRidder

It didn’t take Megan DeRidder long to feel at home at Sweet Briar. The liberal arts and sciences college in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains was perfect for the Wilton, N.Y native.


Admissions Blog: Smart study habits for college

April 20, 2018
library study

One key to success in college is developing study habits that will make you successful — without making you a workaholic. In other words, you’ll have to figure out how to study most effectively.


Admissions Blog: 5 things to know about your first year at Sweet Briar

April 13, 2018
Boathouse girls

First of all, know that I am incredibly jealous that you are just starting your journey at Sweet Briar. I do not regret my choices, but instead wish I could go back and do it all over again.


Admissions Blog: Summer internship success stories

April 6, 2018
Liz Phaup Alaska

There’s only one way to gain experience in something, and that’s to actually, physically do it. Yes, we’re talking about internships. At Sweet Briar, 80 percent of students intern at least once during their time here.


Admissions Blog: 5 fierce Sweet Briar women leaders 45 and under

March 30, 2018
Alumnae leaders

Sweet Briar alumnae are pretty amazing: They’re explorers, innovators and leaders. They’re collaborators, community builders and change-makers. Here are some recent Sweet Briar women leaders you should know.


Admissions Blog: How Sweet Briar grads are winning at outcomes

March 16, 2018
2017 graduates at Sweet Briar

If you’re a Sweet Briar engineering major, chances are you’ll land that first job long before graduation. Not a math whiz? Don’t despair. Sweet Briar students across all disciplines have a strong track record of getting into coveted graduate programs or securing a full-time job before they graduate.


Admissions Blog: If you’re a junior in high school, do these 5 things now

March 9, 2018
virtual tour

Your junior year of high school is an important time in your college search. Here are five tips from the admissions staff at Sweet Briar College to help you get organized and prepare for the adventure that lies ahead.


Admissions Blog: How to get the most out of Sweet Briar’s riding program

March 2, 2018
Annabeth Griffin

Whether you choose to ride or not, horses are quintessential to the Sweet Briar experience. The friendly animals and serene setting make the barn nearly impossible to resist, which explains why nearly 30 percent of students are involved with the riding center.


Admissions Blog: I might have been an engineer

February 23, 2018
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

When I was in high school, I was a girl who was good at math. I soared through AP calculus, I scored higher on the math section than the verbal section of the SAT, and I was even on the math team (although not the only female, proudly).


Admissions Blog: Building bridges to South Korea

February 16, 2018
Josh Harris and Savanna Klein South Korea

One of my favorite things about being an admissions counselor is getting to travel to new places and talk about Sweet Briar. I was ecstatic when I was given the opportunity to travel to South Korea to attend the American International Education Foundation Spring 2018 Education Fair.


Admissions Blog: “I’m a minority student. Why should I come to Sweet Briar?”

February 9, 2018
Ajhani Oxendine and DaZane Cole

Having found a home at Sweet Briar, sophomore DaZané Cole and first-year Ajhani Oxendine have a million answers to the question we often hear at college fairs.


Admissions Blog: My day at the United Nations

February 2, 2018
Emma Thom UN

In September, I attended a United Nations panel discussion on youth innovation. It was an experience I will never forget.


Admissions Blog: Why I’m glad I’m attending a women’s college

January 26, 2018
soccer team

When looking for a college, I wanted a place that felt like home. I wanted a place where I would not get lost in a sea of students, and where my professors would notice if I skipped class.


Admissions Blog: Top 5 campus resources at Sweet Briar

January 19, 2018
Engineering class

There are many perks to attending a small liberal arts college. Here’s a big one: endless resources. I have never felt like I couldn’t ask for help when I had a question, or an assignment I just couldn’t seem to wrap my head around.


Admissions Blog: 5 things to know about applying to Sweet Briar

January 12, 2018
Accepted Applicants Weekend

We love reading applications. They are a rare window into understanding who you are.


Admissions Blog: Why I transferred to Sweet Briar from a large school

January 5, 2018
Quad Rocks

For many of our students, Sweet Briar was love at first sight — and not just because of our stunning campus. They immediately knew that our tight-knit community, small classes and dedicated professors would be just the right fit.


Admissions Blog: How women become leaders at Sweet Briar

December 22, 2017
Graduation 2017 cap

Imagine a place where every student leadership position is filled by a woman. A place where women are encouraged to work hard — in the classroom, in the library and laboratory, on the playing field, in the board room, and every place in between.


Admissions Blog: 5 reasons Sweet Briar made the top of my list

December 15, 2017
Cailey Cobb and parents

I toured about 25 colleges before my senior year even started, and then applied to 16 schools. Sweet Briar blew all the others out of the water. Here are five of the categories I used to assess each school.


Admissions Blog: My home away from home — Studying at Sweet Briar as an international student

December 8, 2017

Wanting to leave home and travel 8,000 miles for college cannot be a spontaneous decision. There was a lot that went into it for me. Would I get to study what I want? Would I be able to make friends?


Admissions Blog: 5 things you can do right now to be ready for college

December 1, 2017
Claudia Chang in class

Your senior year of high school might feel a little frantic. But there are things you can do now to set yourself up for success — and peace of mind — before you get to college.


Admissions Blog: Top 10 things I wish someone had told me about applying to college

November 17, 2017
Outdoor poetry class

Applying to college can be stressful, and there are so many things to think about. And then, there’s the stuff you shouldn’t sweat — like what everybody else wants you to do. Here’s what I wish I had known when I was a high school senior.


Admissions Blog: How to write an amazing admissions essay

November 10, 2017
BLUR student

When I was a senior in high school, I was obsessed with getting into all the colleges to which I applied (16). As a result, I wrote college essays constantly and stressed myself out more than was ever required.


Admissions Blog: My life in 3-D

November 3, 2017
Mackenzie Crary at GoMeasure3D

Forty-two applications later I figured there must be at least one company that wants to hire me. I was looking to work as an engineer in the 3-D printing industry over the summer.


Admissions Blog: My 5 favorite campus tour spots

October 26, 2017
Sweet Briar House campus tours

Over the course of my time as an admissions ambassador, I have given many tours, but every tour is always a little different because I base it on the visiting students and their interests.


Admissions Blog: What it’s like to be a student-athlete at Sweet Briar

October 20, 2017
Lacey Tucker soccer

Becoming a Sweet Briar woman is life-changing in and of itself, but becoming a student-athlete here takes that experience to a whole new level.


Admissions Blog: Top five highlights of my summer in Oxford

October 13, 2017
Emily Dodson at Radcliffe Camera

This past summer, I attended the Virginia Program at Oxford (VPO) at St. Anne’s College in the University of Oxford. It was six weeks of Shakespeare, tutorials and traveling.


Admissions Blog: How to make sure you’re getting all the financial aid you need

October 5, 2017
Sweet Briar family

Financial aid comes in many shapes and forms, and it can come from several sources: federal, state, foundations, the community, or the College itself. All of them help you meet your college expenses.


Admissions Blog: My 5 favorite Sweet Briar traditions

September 28, 2017
Step Singing 2017

Sweet Briar’s traditions are the heart and soul of the campus. They connect us to the school’s vibrant history and build community.


Admissions Blog: 100 ways (okay, maybe 10) to bond with your professors

September 21, 2017
Alicia Wooten and Prof. Hyman

Let’s face it. At most universities, you are a number. You are one person seated among dozens — or even hundreds — of students in every class you take.


Admissions Blog: Why the liberal arts? Let’s start with what it really means

September 15, 2017
Outdoor English class Sweet Briar

Among the trademarks of a Sweet Briar woman are her wide-ranging interests. This is what a liberal arts college looks like.


Admissions Blog: Why an open house is a great way to explore Sweet Briar

September 8, 2017
Open House

So you’re looking at Sweet Briar and you’re excited to come to campus and visit — or you’re not completely sold and still have some questions.


Admissions Blog: 11 questions with Dean Allen

September 1, 2017

Bill Allen is a numbers cruncher and strategic thinker. But there’s a lot you may not know about Sweet Briar’s dean of admissions and financial aid.