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Sweet Briar College Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Sweet Briar College Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Sweet Briar College was awarded 82 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general biology.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, Sweet Briar is ranked #1,259 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Sweet Briar is also ranked #34 out of 73 schools in Virginia.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Sweet Briar?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Sweet Briar College is 76%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Sweet Briar is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 47% of students accepted to Sweet Briar submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 630. Math scores were between 450 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Sweet Briar College  ( 530 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for Sweet Briar College  ( 450 to 580 )
Sweet Briar received ACT scores from 7% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Sweet Briar College  ( 20 to 25 )

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Sweet Briar College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Sweet Briar is an impressive 8 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Sweet Briar College is 86%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  86 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Sweet Briar College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 79% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Sweet Briar College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  79 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Sweet Briar the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 43%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  43 out of 100

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Sweet Briar College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 356 undergraduates at Sweet Briar with 353 being full-time and 3 being part-time.

How Much Does Sweet Briar College Cost?

The overall average net price of Sweet Briar is $25,039. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Sweet Briar

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$20,529 $21,117 $23,366 $26,300 $30,569

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Sweet Briar, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Sweet Briar, approximately 60% of students took out student loans averaging $7,362 a year. That adds up to $29,448 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Sweet Briar is 2.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Sweet Briar Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Sweet Briar make about $38,200 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


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Location of Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Sweet Briar, Virginia. Sweet Briar is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Contact details for Sweet Briar are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 134 Chapel Drive, Sweet Briar, VA 24595-9998
Phone: 434-381-6100

Sweet Briar College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 28 majors graduated from Sweet Briar College. Of these students, 130 received undergraduate degrees and 2 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Drama & Theater Arts 20 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 15 NA
General Business/Commerce 14 $35,416
General Biology 11 $32,925
Engineering Science 10 NA
Writing Studies 10 NA
General Psychology 9 NA
History 7 NA
International Relations & National Security 6 NA
Political Science & Government 5 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Sweet Briar College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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