Sweet Briar offers one of only two degree-granting engineering programs at a women’s college in the U.S. The engineering science program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Our enrollment and graduation data demonstrates how our small size and close student-faculty interaction leads to connections that will last for decades. Sweet Briar’s Margaret Jones Wyllie ’45 Engineering Program prepares students to make valuable contributions to society.

Program Educational Objectives

Sweet Briar engineering program graduates will:

  1. enter and succeed in professional engineering practice or enroll and succeed in engineering graduate degree programs;
  2. succeed in leadership positions in industry, academia or nonprofit organizations; and
  3. be committed to using engineering and technology to improve the lives of others.
Student Outcomes

The engineering program student outcomes are ABET-designated (1)-(7). Sweet Briar engineering students attain:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics;
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors;
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts;
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives;
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions; and
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
Enrollment Data (as of Summer 2022)
B.S. Engineering Science
Class Year Number of Majors
(Class of 2023)


(Class of 2024)
(Class of 2025)
First Years
(Class of 2026)
N/A - students enrolled in first-year engineering courses are largely undecided
Graduation Data
B.S. Engineering Science
Year Number of Graduates
2022 7
2021 5
2020 10
2019 2
2018 5
2017 5
2016 6
2015 10
2014 7