A two-way conversation, in learning and life
Undoubtedly the academic environment at Sweet Briar is engaging—it’s consistently recognized for a challenging curriculum, highly accessible faculty, and character-building qualities. But above all, it’s personalized. Get immersed in the breadth and depth of a topic as you analyze and interpret it through the lens of your specific interests and objectives. With so many interrelated and customized courses of study at Sweet Briar, researching one subject could reveal other intellectual passions you didn’t even know you had.
But academia at Sweet Briar involves more than checking off classes in your major, minor, or certificate program. It means challenging beliefs, forming opinions, finding a niche, developing skills, and focusing talents. Then synthesizing all you learn into your current activities, goals for the future, and ongoing relationships with family, friends, community, and yourself.
Teacher, scholar, expert, ally
As a college and as a community, Sweet Briar genuinely values learning. Faculty members never view scholarship as something exclusively for students; it’s a collaborative endeavor among individuals with shared interests. No pedestals here. Professor-student relationships at Sweet Briar are marked by mutual interest, respect, and trust. And these connections often grow deeper in the years after graduation.
Faculty accomplishments range from award-winning novels and leading biological research to archaeological digs in Kazakhstan and Turkey to writing textbooks in their areas of expertise. Ninety-five percent of them hold doctorates or terminal degrees. About half live right on campus. The best part: each one wants you to achieve.