Why Sweet Briar?

Our graduates leave here confident, able and ready to succeed.

Everything we do is about empowering women to realize their dreams through a strong academic curriculum, experiential learning and opportunities to lead. Even when it’s not your turn to take charge, your opinions are respected, your passions are nurtured and your perspectives are broadened. Along with your classmates, excellent professors will get to know you well — and they will push you. Something happens in an environment like ours: self-confidence and leading become second nature.

You are challenged inside and outside the classroom.

Sweet Briar has a strong academic tradition. In 1950, the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society recognized the College’s academic excellence by establishing a chapter on campus. Fewer than 10% of colleges and universities in the nation can boast having a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Our dedicated professors are leaders in their academic fields who will encourage you to perform at your highest level. In addition, through undergraduate research, study abroad and internship opportunities, you will actively apply your education in real-life settings on campus and around the world.

A Sweet Briar education is an investment in your future.

Sweet Briar women have an advantage as they cross the stage in their caps and gowns. Six months after graduation, nearly two-thirds of Sweet Briar graduates are employed and one-third are pursuing advanced studies. You will also benefit from those who came before you through a diverse network of successful Sweet Briar alumnae who are eager to help you find your niche and follow your dreams. Remember our motto, “She who has earned the rose may bear it.”

Women get all the attention and hold all of the student leadership positions.

Everything on campus — from classes to career services, from athletics to extracurricular activities — is shaped by women’s interests. Sweet Briar gives you plenty of opportunities to step up and be heard. Discover your passions and grow with confidence. Be yourself and step out of your comfort zone.

Study engineering and liberal arts in a women’s college setting.

Sweet Briar has one of only two ABET-accredited engineering degree programs at women’s colleges in the U.S. Combined with a liberal arts foundation, the engineering program provides a challenging curriculum in which women become engineers and leaders who change the world.

You become part of a network of strong women.

As a student and graduate, you’ll be able to connect with a diverse network of successful Sweet Briar alumnae who are eager to help you find your niche and follow your dreams.