Areas of Academic Focus

Engineering, Science and Technology

Nationally, only 13% of U.S. engineers are female. Our engineering program is ABET accredited, which means it meets agreed-upon standards set by professional engineering organizations. We excel at preparing women for the field, through project-based, hands-on learning. This focus, shared by all our STEM majors, is exactly what employers and competitive graduate programs told us they are looking for.

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Sweet Briar College students rehearse for the Fall 2022 Dance Concert

Creativity, Design and the Arts

Sweet Briar has thriving programs in the visual and performing arts, adding vitality to campus life. The College is also neighbor to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, one of the world’s leading residential artists communities that hosts as many 400 visual artists, writers, and composers a year from around the world.

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2022 Willits Fellow Nikki Adams works in the greenhouse

Human and Environmental Sustainability

On our 2,840 acres, students can explore sustainability, agriculture and other environmental topics. In our vineyard, apiary and greenhouse, they get to practice what they learn.

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Engineering Pinball Machines

Hands-On, Experiential Learning

On our beautiful campus, in close community, we grow into the connected, ethical leaders the world urgently needs. Sweet Briar offers hands-on academics, a focus on women’s leadership, an innovative academic calendar designed for experiential learning, and a deep connection to our land. Together, we learn by doing. In our labs, in our greenhouse, in our barns and on our teams, we shape our community and our future.

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By the numbers

Women Making History


acres of land per student


For the use of our equine riders, we have more than 18 miles of trails as well as a 130-acre on-campus riding center.

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One of only two women’s colleges in the U.S. to offer an ABET-accredited engineering degree program

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Sweet Briar students hold leadership roles in student organizations at twice the rate of other colleges.


Sweet Briar College’s 2,840-acre campus is located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Karlynn McCarthy attends the Society of Women Engineers Conference in Anaheim, California.

“Sweet Briar is a place that enables women to mature into intellectually fierce, well-spoken individuals who are able to shine outside of the College’s campus.”

Karlynn McCarthy
Class of 2020, Engineering Science

Damarys Rodrigues

“What makes Sweet Briar feel like home to me are the people. The small class sizes allow me to know everyone and to get really close to my professors.”

Damarys Rodrigues
Class of 2024, Art History and English and Creative Writing

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news and events

Around Campus

Katherine Williams, CEO Framatome

Framatome CEO to speak at National Engineers Week Banquet

Katherine Williams, CEO of Framatome, will provide the keynote address at the annual banquet co-sponsored by the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance and Sweet Briar College.

Damarys Rodrigues '24 looks at artwork by Ana Maria Pacheco in the Sweet Briar collection, January 2024.

Sharing HERspective: Discovering Latino artists in the Sweet Briar art collection

How an internship in the Sweet Briar galleries inspired further research.

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