Student Life

Sweet Briar students are a a tight-knit community, living and learning together in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Students in the dining room area

A place for you

Sweet Briar is an intimate community. Our residence halls, dining hall and community spaces are designed to bring people together. From studying to crafting, video games to club meetings, you’ll find your place here.

Living at Sweet Briar college

Be who you are

From special interest groups to multicultural communities, century-old tap clubs and academic organizations, Sweet Briar students build the world they want to see.

We are writers, performers, athletes and activists. We are citizen diplomats and mental health advocates. We celebrate our identities and create connections that stay with us long after we have left this special place.

If there isn’t a club that fits, you can always start a new one! Whether taking on a leadership role, or supporting as a member, there’s a place for you.


student organizations
At Quad Rocks, there's great music and food and all the clubs set up tables and... At Quad Rocks, there's great music and food and all the clubs set up tables and recruit new members.

A diverse community

Sweet Briar College is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that a community rich in diversity enriches the experiences and perspectives of all its members, and we strive to create an environment where everyone feels valued and respected. We welcome individuals of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, abilities and socio-economic backgrounds. We work to create an atmosphere in which all members of the community can thrive. We recognize and appreciate the unique contributions that each person brings to our community, and we believe that through our differences, we can come together to create a more vibrant and dynamic community.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Sweet Briar

Step Singing on the Senior Steps of the Pannell Center
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Thrive here

We hike. We explore. We ride. We grow our own food. We take care of ourselves, each other and this special land.



Student Life Events

Jummah Prayer is a weekly prayer that happens on Fridays, where the Muslim community gathers at a mosque to listen to a khutbah (lecture) and afterwards pray our afternoon prayer (Duhur, 2nd prayer of the day, shortened) all together.
This is a weekly off-campus event where transportation is provided to the nearest mosque (Masjid Ayesha), so Muslim students can practice their faith and Non-Muslim students can have the opportunity to experience a Jummah prayer/gathering.  Please be sure to dress modestly and respect the customs of the Mosque.
Please meet at the Post Office at 12:50 p.m.  Van leaves at 1 p.m.  Space is limited; reservations required.

Welcoming prospective students and families to campus to learn more about what Sweet Briar College could offer them if they choose to study here.

Ready to set your intentions for the next few months?  Have a goal in mind that you want to reach?  Do you just love chocolate fondue?  Join CEO and Student Life for Fon-DO Your Future - a vision board making party, complete with a fondue bar!

All materials, including images and quotes, will be provided to make the vision board of your dreams!  Feel free to bring additional accents you’d like to add.

This event is open to current Sweet Briar students and prospective students visiting for the Admissions Open House.  Current students should register in advance, as this is a limited capacity event based on supplies.