ARCHES: "an opening or support as in a bridge or a doorway;" "a pathway." Arches are prominent architectural elements on the Sweet Briar campus; they are part of our unique history. ARCHES is a first-year program that offers incoming students a pathway - or archway- into our campus community by providing a common experience while allowing each student to explore her individual story and develop her own legacy with Sweet Briar's history.
ARCHES combines the theme of a sense of self, place, and space with an emphasis on elements integral to success at Sweet Briar College. Every new student will enroll in an ARCHES class during the fall and spring semesters of her first year at the college. The class meets weekly and introduces students to a wide variety of resources on campus, as well as assists with the academic transition from high school to college. Students will read "The History of Sweet Briar College along with supplemental readings that explore the history of the college. Students will also participate in reflective activities and complete projects that allow them to explore their own history and identity and to develop goals for their future.