Welcome

Welcome to the dean’s office. Sweet Briar College is home for a group of dynamic, energetic and inspired people. Our mission is to prepare women (and at the graduate level, men as well) to be productive, responsible members of a global community. We focus on personal and professional achievement through a customized educational program combining traditional liberal arts and STEM fields1. Our students graduate with the tools they need to continue their personal development and to pursue inspired careers.

Our classes are small, but the opportunities are limitless because we want you to be more than a student; we want you to be a scholar. Here, you will find comprehensive academic support for your individual success; a wide range of opportunities in campus clubs and community service; exciting, interdisciplinary course offerings through the Honors Program; and compelling research and internship opportunities. We encourage you to embrace challenges in and outside the classroom; connect with the social, intellectual and cultural life of the College; and thrive as a competitor on our athletic or riding teams, while building lifelong relationships with your classmates and faculty.

As part of our commitment to experiential learning, we support a vibrant study-abroad program, including junior year opportunities in France and a dozen other countries. We are one of only two women’s colleges in the country with an ABET-accredited engineering program. Paid research scholarships allow students to spend their summer on campus working with faculty and peers on exciting, cutting-edge research. The staff in our award-winning Office of Career Services will assist you in finding an internship and prepare you for success after graduation. They may even help you land that first job.

To learn more about Sweet Briar, please schedule a visit. We want to show you what your future could look like.

Lynn Rainville
Acting Dean of the College

1 STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Math