Excellent. Relevant. Affordable. Sweet Briar College is reinventing the ideal private liberal arts education for every young woman with the courage and grit to go after it.

Excellent. Relevant. Affordable.

We have announced two major strategic initiatives.

The first modernizes our liberal arts curriculum. Its guiding principle is the development of women leaders in the complex environment of the 21st century. Recognizing that the liberal arts must be increasingly interdisciplinary and oriented toward problem-solving, these innovations go into effect in fall 2018:

  • A revised core curriculum with a focus on women’s leadership;
  • The creation of three interdisciplinary “centers of excellence” dedicated to solving contemporary problems in place of traditional academic departments;
  • A 3-12-12-3-week academic calendar that incorporates short terms dedicated to experiential learning opportunities such as research, internships and study abroad. Every undergraduate student will be eligible for up to $2,000 to fund these experiences.

Academic Calendar

The second initiative revises our tuition model to make the true cost to you transparent and predictable. This move boldly tackles runaway tuition increases and fixes the confusing and complicated “discounting” system that can stand between you and the education of your dreams.


This represents a 32 percent reduction from equivalent costs in 2017-2018, which resets tuition to a level from over a decade ago. At $21,000 for tuition, Sweet Briar is competitive with selective public universities for Virginia residents and much more affordable for out-of-state students — and that’s before scholarships and need-based financial aid, which will continue. The College has more than 200 scholarships available for eligible students.

This new plan makes your costs easy to figure out and plan for, regardless of your family’s income — and it comes with all the benefits of a private liberal arts college: small classes, excellent faculty and personalized attention.