For Counselors

Your students want to find the college that is right for them. We’re here to help you help them make that choice. Here are a few resources for you.

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Join us each month for our virtual Coffee with Counselors event!

Coffee with Counselors

Join us virtually on the first Friday of every month at 12:30 p.m. EST.

Learn more about our innovative leadership core curriculum, automatic scholarships for students upon admittance and a variety of other topics that you can share with your students!



Recordings of Coffee with Counselors (2024)

March: Engineering Program with Dr. Jon Bender and Taeiba Meem ’26


February: Financial Aid and FAFSA

Counselor Open House

Campus Aerial Campus Aerial

We know that there is nothing like the campus visit to truly understand what Sweet Briar College could do for your students and their future. Let us cover the cost of your transportation and lodging to attend our Counselor Open House. During the event, you will spend time learning about our academic programs, meet with faculty and current students; all while experincing the stunning beauty of our historic campus at the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains. 

  • Each program will begin at 5:30 p.m. and conclude the following day at 3:00 p.m. We will begin the event with dinner and a cocktail reception with Sweet Briar’s senior leadership.
  • Complimentary stay at our on-campus Elston Inn or local area lodging and coverage of transportation whether you fly, drive or take the train. 
  • Sure to impress swag! Bring home a pennant to hang in your office and a few other goodies to make your colleagues “pink” with jealousy!
    • March 20 - March 21


“Fly-In” Travel Reimbursement Program

Sweet Briar is focused on a pioneering spirit and entrepreneurship through women’s leadership, sustainability, creativity and science. And we’re seeking young women who are just as passionate as we are in these areas.

That’s why we created the Fly-In Program! It is designed for all female high school juniors and seniors and provides:

  • Funded travel to and from campus for one student and parent or guardian via plane, car, bus or train.
  • Accommodations at our on-campus hotel, the Elston Inn.
  • All meals while on campus.

Does this sound like something one of the young women you know could benefit from? Find out more here.


Application Process for First-year Students

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


  1. Completed application. Sweet Briar will accept either the Common Application or our own online application.
  2. 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 an official 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.



  1. Standardized test scores are optional with GPA of 3.0 or higher. Sweet Briar accepts 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.

Important Dates and Deadlines:

  • July 1 — Apply using Sweet Briar’s application
  • Aug. 1 — The Common Application opens
  • Nov. 1 — Early Decision Deadline I
  • Nov. 15 — Early Action Deadline I
  • Dec. 1FAFSA opens
  • Jan. 15 — Early Decision Deadline II
  • Feb. 1 — Early Action Deadline II
  • May 1 — National College Decision Day deposit deadline

Quick Facts

  • Pre-vet insights: Sweet Briar College’s veterinary school placement rate has been 92% over the past 12 years—perhaps influenced by our equestrian tradition. 
  • Explore Sustainability: Do you have students who are passionate about sustainability, but don’t know what a career path could look like? Sweet Briar’s director of the Center for Human and Environmental Sustainability highlights opportunities for students in sustainability-related fields and offers tours of the College’s sustainability initiatives (including the 26,000 square foot greenhouse, bee apiaries, and vineyards).
  • Request an engineering kit: Sweet Briar offers a four year ABET-accredited engineering program. Our engineering program creates specially designed Explore Kits, which we mail to students, with a mini engineering project and electronic circuitry that allows them to work on a project at home. Request one for an aspiring female engineer.
  • What is  archaeology:  Archaeology is a thriving field, with overlap in geosciences, environmental studies, anthropology and ancient studies, but the program can be hard to find at the undergraduate level. Sweet Briar’s assistant professor of archaeology and ancient studies, Erin Pitt, gives students a practical introduction to Archaeology, with a walk through of artifacts housed in Pannell Gallery and dig opportunities on campus.