Let us cover the
cost of your visit to
Sweet Briar College

There’s no substitute for a visit to Sweet Briar College. In fact, we’re so convinced you’ll love Sweet Briar as much as we do that we’re willing to put money on it, so we’re issuing a special invitation to you to be our guest at Sweet Briar. We will cover the cost for you and one parent to visit and coordinate an agenda tailored to your interests — whether you fly, drive or take a train!

What is our visit reimbursement program?

We sometimes call this our “Fly-in” program, even though you don’t have to fly here to take advantage of it. We want to make sure that anyone who wants to visit our bucolic campus in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains can do so, regardless of where they are located.

With this program, we will pay the travel expenses for one prospective student and one family member to visit Sweet Briar College for an in-person, personalized tour, regardless of what mode of travel you use to get here. It’s just one of the ways that we’re committed to making sure that women who seek the kind of education we provide, in the environment that we offer, are able to see for themselves what makes Sweet Briar College so special.

Let us cover your lodging too!

While you’re here, we’ll provide your lodging at the newly refreshed Florence Elston Inn & Conference Center, conveniently located on campus.

How do I take advantage of this program?

1.  Schedule a personal visit or register for an open house.

We have to know exactly what days you want to arrive and depart campus so we can make your plane/train and room reservations.

2. Make your travel arrangements and keep receipts.

On the registration form, you’ll be able to indicate you’d like to take advantage of this invitation. Then, you may make your own arrangements and we’ll reimburse you. Make sure you keep all receipts related to the travel you’d like to have reimbursed.

3. Come to campus.

Enjoy your visit!

4. Fill out a reimbursement form.

When you get to Sweet Briar, you can fill out the reimbursement form upon your arrival at the Admissions House for your tour or during Open House check-in.

5. Receive a check.

Checks usually take 2-4 weeks for processing and delivery.

What happens when I arrive on campus?

If you arrive during normal business hours (M-F, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.), please stop by Admissions House. We will help you start your visit and get where you need to go.

If you’re arriving in the evening or on a weekend, please check in at the Florence Elston Inn. If you’ve rented a car, there is ample parking near the inn and you may use your car to drive around and get to know our campus. Our campus safety officers at the front gate are also happy to help answer questions about how to get around.

If you’ve come by taxi, please note there is limited on-campus transportation and you may need to do some walking. It’s a beautiful place to walk! Much of our campus is centrally located and we invite you to take a walk around. If you’re hungry, you may be able to stop by Prothro Hall to grab a bite to eat. If you’re interested in seeing the Harriet Howell Rogers Riding Center, you may need to walk; it’s about a mile from the central part of campus. You’ll also need to walk to see some of our agricultural enterprises and our athletic fields.

Here’s a map of our campus. You can also pick a copy up at the Florence Elston Inn. If you’d like to grab a bite to eat off campus, here’s a list of local restaurants.


Can I bring both of my parents?

More than one parent can come with you on your visit, but we will only cover the ticket cost for one.

I need to take a taxi from the Lynchburg airport. Does the program cover that cost?

Yes. Let us know that you need a taxi and we will arrange it and cover the cost.

I’m flying in, and need to rent a car. Does the program cover that cost?

We will cover the cost of your rental car for the days that you are visiting Sweet Briar. We will give you a form to fill out to be reimbursed for that.

I live close enough to drive. Will you cover the cost of that too?

Yes! If you are driving, you can fill out the mileage reimbursement form upon your arrival at the Admissions House for your tour or during Open House check-in.

Where will I stay?

You and your parents will be able to stay in the Florence Elston Inn & Conference Center on campus. The cost of your room at the inn, or another local hotel, is covered by the program.

This sounds too good to be true. Is it?

Yes, if you have not previously taken advantage of this program, we promise that it is true! (We do have to limit it to one-time usage.) It’s a pretty amazing program and we’re so glad you’re interested in taking part in it. We look forward to meeting you!

Can I use this program more than once?

We wish we could allow multiple uses, but for right now, we are limiting this program to one-time usage. If you have already taken advantage of this program, we would love to hear your feedback and we hope you will share it with other students so they too can visit Sweet Briar.

I still have questions. How do I get them answered?

Email us at admissions@sbc.edu. We can’t wait to talk to you!