Five things to know about academics at Sweet Briar

Posted on January 14, 2016 by Janika Carey

President Woo leading a class discussion at Sweet Briar President Woo leading a class discussion at Sweet Briar
There are so many reasons Sweet Briar stands out: The liberal arts college is regularly praised for the beauty — and size — of its campus, the quality of its riding program, and the achievements of so many illustrious alumnae. But at the heart of it all is an academic tradition that has educated strong women leaders for more than a century. Here are five things you should know about academics at Sweet Briar.

1. Small Class Sizes

With an average class size of about 12, there’s no place to hide. (Sorry!) Every one of your professors knows your name, and is sure to notice if you need help. They’ll also want to hear your opinion, so be prepared!

2. Self-designed Majors

Trouble choosing just one or two majors? Not seeing the perfect combination? No worries. Sweet Briar lets you create your own course of study to fit your individual goals and interests. Rock on, environmental dance educators!

3. Research Opportunities

From state-of-the-art biology equipment to faculty mentors who’ll work with you to solve that cutting-edge engineering problem, there are no limits to what you can do as a student at Sweet Briar — from day one. Whatever your goals, we have the tools and the teachers to help you reach them.

4. Self-scheduled Exams

Not a morning person? Not a problem. At Sweet Briar, you can take that final in the afternoon, if you want, on any day during exam week. You can spread exams out to squeeze more study time in, or get them all done early. It’s your schedule.

5. Individualized attention

From faculty advisors who know your unique talents to incredibly small classes that are shaped by your questions, we’re all about you. At Sweet Briar, education is not just about acquiring knowledge, or learning to think critically, or becoming a kick-ass writer. It’s about finding out what you’re great at and making your mark on the world.