First Year

Am I a first year student?

You are considered a first year student if you are a current high school senior or have not attended college since graduating from high school.

If you are a transfer student, an international student or a graduate student, learn more about the application process by clicking the links below.

How do I apply?

If you are applying as a first year student, please submit the following items:

  1. Completed application — Sweet Briar will accept either the Common Application or online application.
  2. Official transcripts of all academic work completed to date. Sweet Briar accepts the General Education Diploma (GED) in lieu of a high school diploma. Depending on your circumstances, you will need to provide a final transcript with proof of high school graduation prior to the start of your first academic year at Sweet Briar. We will accept electronic copies directly from your school or via Credentials Solutions, the National Student Clearinghouse or Parchment.
  3. If applicable, a list of current (senior year) grades.
  4. We value your college credits! If you have taken college courses while in high school, submit this form to request a transfer credit evaluation for dual enrollment (or AP credit). High school students who complete an associate’s degree at the same time as their high school diploma will have the Sweet Briar College leadership core requirements satisfied.


  1. Test optional with GPA of 3.0 or higher — Sweet Briar accepts either the SAT or ACT. Official scores must be submitted directly to the College. Sweet Briar’s SAT code is 5634, and the ACT code is 4406.
  2. Letter of recommendation encouraged from a counselor, teacher or alumna.
  3. Essay (written or video), writing/art sample, portfolio, or interview (live or online) encouraged — This is an opportunity for you to be creative and tell us more about yourself and your interest in Sweet Briar.