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First-Year Students

Sweet Briar College empowers and educates young women to build and reshape their world however their passions lead them.

Application Deadline
We invite you to apply for admission as early as Sept. 1 of your senior year. We will notify you of your acceptance no later than one month after an application becomes complete. You will still have until May 1 to submit an enrollment deposit, although we encourage you to do so at any point following acceptance.

The application priority deadline is Feb. 1, and all applications received by that date will receive full consideration for available merit scholarships. Except for a few unique scholarships, there is no separate application required to be considered for a merit scholarship.

Required Credentials

  • Completed application form
  • Essay
  • $40 non-refundable application fee (payable online) or appropriate fee waiver
  • Official high school transcript including senior-year courses
  • Recommendation from school guidance counselor
  • Recommendation from an 11th- or 12th-grade teacher, as defined on the recommendation form
  • Official SAT I or ACT scores

Our Academics and Faculty
Undoubtedly the academic environment at Sweet Briar is engaging — it’s consistently recognized for a challenging curriculum, highly accessible faculty and character-building qualities. But above all, it’s personalized.

The student/faculty ratio at Sweet Briar is a coveted 8:1, placing it in the Princeton Review’s top two schools for “Most Accessible Professors.”

Our Community
Sweet Briar is a residential campus. Most everyone lives on campus, either in the halls that make up the Quad or in residences close to it — it's the center of campus, and it's where you'll learn and live. More importantly, it’s where you will make extraordinary friendships.

A Sweet Briar woman stands out. She reshapes her world with the confidence to cross disciplines, boundaries and national borders. Extends the frontiers in a profession, and advances the greater good in her community. She’s a doctor, artist, mother, writer, engineer, businesswoman, scientist, lawyer, nurse and entrepreneur. In other words, she’s remarkable. Here is a list of notable firsts.  

  • Patricia Smith Ticer ’55
    First woman mayor of Alexandria, VA; now state senator, 30th District
  • Lee Cullum ’60
    First woman anchor of a daily news program
  • Diana Muldaur Dozier ’60
    First woman president, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
  • Sarah Porter Boehmler ’65
    First woman vice chair, American Stock Exchange
  • Marshalynn Yeargin-Allsopp ’68
    First African American woman graduate of Emory University Medical School
  • Marian Dolan ’76
    First woman to earn a doctorate in chorale conducting from Yale University