Unique Opportunities

In this special place, in this close community, we pitch in, dig deep and branch out. We learn by doing, together. Here are some of the many opportunities to get hands-on.

Greenhouse

Greenhouse

Students planting seedlings utilizing a hydroponic system

Students planting seedlings utilizing a hydroponic system

Aerial of Apiary

Aerial of Apiary

Apiary

Apiary

Willits Fellows offers a hands-on experience

Willits Fellows offers a hands-on experience

Growing Leaders for the Sustainable Food Economy

Center for Human and Environmental Sustainability

Community-engaged academic and experiential opportunities that support improved environmental outcomes, economic development, equity and quality of life.

Greenhouse, Apiary and Vineyard

We produce food, tend bees and cultivate grapes for Virginia’s fast-growing wine economy. 

Willits Food Systems Fellows

Funded, hands-on experience, from agriculture to advocacy, in our campus greenhouse, apiary and vineyard.

 

Nurturing Creativity

Creativity, Design and the Arts

Academic and experiential opportunities that foster originality, invention, innovation and creative engagement. 

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

In our classes, in monthly VCCA Salons, and on open studio days, the residents at VCCA deepen our understanding of the creative process.

Art Galleries

Our art galleries are public cultural destinations. They steward our art collection, exhibitions and events, and weave art and history into community and academic life.

The Sweet Briar Museum

The museum holds a diverse collection of original artifacts that document the College’s rich history.

 

Engineering students work on a project.

Engineering students work on a project.

Rose Murphy '22 works with a forge during a metallurgy class.

Rose Murphy '22 works with a forge during a metallurgy class.

Ruth de Souza '23 and Elisa Garcia '22 work on an engineering project.

Ruth de Souza '23 and Elisa Garcia '22 work on an engineering project.

Engineering the Future

Engineering, Science and Technology

35% of Sweet Briar students are STEM majors. We learn science by doing science. In our small classes, project-based learning is central and all our students complete both faculty-mentored and independent research.

Engineering Program

Our ABET-accredited engineering-program is one of only two at U.S. women’s colleges. We learn by doing, all four years. We are comfortable getting our hands dirty so we can jump into the professional world, feet first.