Our Campus and Location

The Sweet Briar Campus is often cited as one of the nation’s most beautiful, with its 2840 acres, 18 miles of trails, two lakes, old hardwood forests, lush greens and dells, mountain vistas, and 22 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Generations of Sweet Briar women have relished this environment for the motivation, awe, and inner peace it brings.

Campus Aerial During Fall Campus Aerial During Fall

 

Hands-On Laboratory

We don’t just enjoy the beauty of the campus; we use it. We harvest grapes, tend bees, and grow our own vegetables. We engineer hydroponic systems, track water quality and develop market strategies for our honey. We photograph and draw the landscape, flora and fauna.  By tying our classrooms and academic research to the land, we shape the future of conservation and sustainable agriculture.

Prof. Lisa Powell in the campus greenhouse.

Prof. Lisa Powell in the campus greenhouse.

Walk to class under the crisp fall air

Walk to class under the crisp fall air

Riding in the fall.

Riding in the fall.

Bee tending at Sweet Briar

Bee tending at Sweet Briar

Sweet Briar lake.

Sweet Briar lake.

Expert instruction in photography.

Expert instruction in photography.

Equestrian Life

You can ride here. We’ve been doing it well for 100 years. In a region known for equestrian talent, we excel. In 2021, our Vixens won a national championship. We have a 130-acre on-campus riding center and one of the nation’s largest indoor college arenas. But most of our riders are intermediates and beginners. Like everything at Sweet Briar, you are so welcome to join.

Creative Community

Students rehearse for the Fall 2022 Dance Concert. Students rehearse for the Fall 2022 Dance Concert.

With three galleries, a performing arts center, and a museum, Sweet Briar offers students many ways to connect with their creativity.

Plus, we neighbor the renowned artist residency program at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Fellows from VCCA share their work with us as visiting writers, artists and composers in our classrooms, at our monthly Salon Series, and on Open Studio days.

Also nearby is Amherst’s community arts center at Second Stage. A little further from our campus is the Harlem Renaissance poet, Anne Spencer’s home and garden in Lynchburg, as well as the third president, Thomas Jefferson’s retreat at Poplar Forest, and his home, Monticello, located in nearby Charlottesville. 

Sure, it’s beautiful but where’s the closest…?

3 minutes from Amherst, with 15 restaurants, 2 breweries, grocery and drug stores, antiques, coffee shop and motel.

20 minutes from Lynchburg, with downtown dining and bars on the James River and the Academy Center for Arts, where you can see a show.

50 minutes from Charlottesville, with the University of Virginia, clubs, restaurants, arts venues, great shopping, and Monticello.

Campus Events

Learn more about this graduate school fair and register HERE!  Contact CareerServices@sbc.edu with any questions.

 

Stop by and write down your prayer requests to celebrate Spiritual and Religious Life month.

Common Read Committee

Come join Falls on Nose and Sustainability Club and help clean up our beautiful campus.

Come celebrate Earth Week with Audubon Society by making citrus bird feeders and placing them around campus.

Student Life has partnered with Randolph College and the University of Lynchburg to host a private event at Funquest, Lynchburg’s premiere roller-skating venue!  The rink will be open to only our local college students, on Tuesday, April 23 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 

Enjoy free skate rental, three hours of skating, unlimited laser tag, unlimited pizza and non-alcoholic drinks!

Event Address: FunQuest Family Entertainment Center, 327 Graves Mill Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24502.

NOTE: Due to large group size, students will not be able to purchase additional game cards, activities, or food items during the event. 

Please register below to attend. Students will be responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the event, and arriving by 5:15 to enter. If you have any questions, please reach out to byancey@sbc.edu

Join CRU for Bible study as they study the book of Romans. CRU is a caring community that is passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ. Everyone is welcome to come fellowship and learn more about the Bible. Check their Instagram @lynchburg_cru for more information.

Come enjoy relaxing beginner yoga in the Vixen Den with Chung Mungs and the Hidden Opponent.  Mats will be provided, but it is first come first serve, so bring your own mat if you have one!  Also, please bring a water bottle.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Come join Falls on Nose and Sustainability Club for a bonfire under the stars! Witness the peek of the Lyrid Meteor Shower and enjoy some delicious s’mores!

Join us for the ICC and CEO Donut Bash! Enjoy donuts from Duck Donuts, connect with student leaders, and make valuable connections.