The Honors Program is designed for students of exceptional initiative and ability who enter the program as first-year students by invitation or by application within the first year of their college career. The Honors Program is designed to foster the kinds of critical thinking, cross-disciplinary curiosity, analytical and creative rigor expected in honors courses in all disciplines, to enrich the experiences for entering and lower-division honors students through intellectually challenging course work, and to provide significant opportunities to interact with an academically energetic cohort during four years of honors study. Sweet Briar students who are not accepted into the program as incoming first-year Honors students may apply for admission in the spring semester of their first year. Students who transfer to Sweet Briar from another institution also may apply for admission to the program.