Welcome new Vixens! The staff in the Office of Student Life cannot wait to welcome you to the Sweet Briar family in August. Below are helpful resources and key dates to know as you transition to Sweet Briar.

Fall 2023 Move-In Dates

Welcome to Sweet Briar! Your first stop should be the Wailes Building, where you can check-in, receive your orientation packet and pick up your keys.  Please arrive for check-in no earlier than your assigned date and time.

Wednesday, August 9

International Students and First-Year Student Success Program participants (by invitation only)

Friday, August 11

All First-Year Athletes*

*Cross country, soccer, field hockey, swim, golf, lacrosse, track/field, softball and tennis. New equestrians do not move in on this date.

Saturday, August 12

All Other New Students

  • 8:30 a.m. - Students with confirmed reservations at the Florence Elston Inn for the evening of Friday, Aug. 11
  • 9 a.m. - Students with last names A-D
  • 9:30 a.m. - Students with last names E-K
  • 10 a.m. - Students with last names L-R
  • 10:30 a.m. - Students with last names S-Z

This window of time is for check-in only. Students will have until 3 p.m. to move into their rooms and unpack. Time will also be available the morning of Sunday, Aug. 13.

If you experience travel delays or otherwise need to arrive after your time, check-in will be open until Noon.



All new students, both First-Years and Transfer students, should plan to attend orientation programming Saturday, August 12 - Friday, August 18. During this time, students should have an open schedule, as programming will be offered during the day and evening.

Family programming will be held on Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13. These events are optional, but recommended, and will conclude early Sunday afternoon.

Additional information about orientation, including a detailed schedule of student and family programming, will be available later this summer.



If you have a conflict with arriving on your assigned move-in date or attending orientation programming, please email Director of Student Engagement Jess Austin.