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 2024 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 14

International Students (students should work with Multicultural Student Services Manager Sarah Keith before booking travel)


Thursday, August 15

All New Fall Athletes*

  • 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (arrive anytime within this window)

*Cross country, soccer, and field hockey only.

New equestrians and winter/spring athletes do not move in on this date, but will arrive on Saturday, 8/17 with their classmates.


Saturday, August 17

All Other New Students

  • 8:30 a.m. - Students with confirmed reservations at the Florence Elston Inn for the evening of Friday, Aug. 16
  • 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 2 p.m. to move into their rooms and unpack. Time will also be available the morning of Sunday, Aug. 18.

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 17 - Friday, August 23. 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 17 and Sunday, August 18. 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 Jess Austin, Assistant Dean of Student Life.