Fall 2018

Check-inStudents should plan to arrive on campus on Friday, Aug. 17. Check-in is from 8:30-noon. All new students will check in at the Wailes Building at the The Florence Elston Inn & Conference Center. Staff from student life, other campus offices, and resident advisors (RAs) will be there to help with the process.

After check-in, students and families can unload their vehicles at their residence halls. Sweet Briar faculty and staff will be available to help carry boxes and bags to student rooms. Please do not unpack belongings from your vehicle until you have been through check-in and received your room keys.

We will be unable to accommodate any move-in or storage of belongings prior to 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 17. If you have not checked in with the Office of Residence Life or have not contacted us by Aug. 21, your residence hall space may be reassigned.


If you plan to participate in a fall sports team, check-in is handled through the athletics department in conjunction with the Office of Residence Life. You will receive information about this process early in the summer from the athletics department. Please contact them them at 434-381-6149 with questions.

International Students

Our students traveling from overseas should plan to arrive on campus on Thursday, Aug. 16. You will attend new-student orientation with all new students, as well as a meeting specifically for international students.

The campus is approximately 12 miles north of Lynchburg. Lynchburg is the closest airport. If possible, plan to book your flight all the way through to Lynchburg. Sweet Briar will provide shuttle service from Lynchburg Regional Airport and the Kemper Street train/bus station (Amtrak or Greyhound) in Lynchburg on international student arrival day. The shuttle will run between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

It may help your travel agent to know that Lynchburg has connecting flights from Charlotte, N.C. Though there are a variety of ways to access Sweet Briar via public buses and trains from larger cities, the ride is long.

If you have a driver’s license in your home country, please look into obtaining an international license. If your passport is less than one year old, please bring a copy of your birth certificate. Please be sure to have access to at least $2,000 to cover initial expenses, such as books, a post office box, telephone charges and any unexpected costs.

If you have questions, please contact Marcia Thom-Kaley, interim dean of students, at or 434-381-6134, or Juliette Monet, associate director of JYF in Paris, at or 434-381-6109.