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Sweet Briar College - Possible Freshman (Accepted)

SophiaMCSophiaMC Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
Hi all,

I have been accepted to Sweet Briar College as part of the Class of 2022. I currently attend a small college preparatory private school with about 375+ upper school students and a friend of mine from my school attends SBC as a sophomore. I am very interested in the equestrian program and like the small private school feel. I would appreciate it if you could answer the following questions:

- What is it like to attend a very small school/women's only college?

- Are the stereotypes accurate? (ie: girls are only there to find their future husband, very snooty, equestrians dominate student population, etc...)

- What are the advantages of attending a VERY small private school over a large state school or a medium sized private one?

- What are the best things to do at SBC?

- Best SBC traditions?

- Is it very cliquey?

- Was it hard to adjust to Sweet Briar when you first came or no?

- What is the best thing about the equestrian program? (My primary interest)

- What is the party scene/Mixers with fellow brother schools/UVA like?

- What are the academics like/overall class size?

- Is it worth visiting? What should I know/be prepared for when I visit?

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to answer my questions. I really appreciate it.

- Sophia

Replies to: Sweet Briar College - Possible Freshman (Accepted)

  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 18,623 Senior Member
    If the women were only looking for husbands, wouldn't they have better odds at a co-ed school?
  • MsunderstandingMsunderstanding Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    We visited, not really knowing what to expect. Ended up being quite impressed.. Professors were very friendly and excelled in their areas, classes very very small - like 8 girls. It was all discussion based. That part felt very like Sarah Lawrence when we visited there. While my daughter was interviewing, I chatted to some students here & there. All seemed intelligent & friendly. D said it didn't feel cliquey to her & she's a bit introverted. She was surprised at how helpful the students seemed.
    Regular interactions/ mixers with guys schools. Girls there said the VMI guys were pretty fun! I think they do Hampton Sydney events too.
    Equestrian....they have 90(!) horses on the campus & the indoor training area is HUGE.
    We were there for scholarship weekend without having visited before. Had no idea what to expect, heard the same - it's a finishing school for rich girls seeking an MRS, cliquey, etc. BUT it didn't seem like that at all! Truly. It was welcoming, very friendly & seemed like you could excel there with all the personal attention.
    The new president is
  • SophiaMCSophiaMC Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    @Msunderstanding - Thank for for your input! Were you there for Presidential Scholars? I was too but I didn't get a chance to chat w a few of the students just the competitors. Thank you!!!
  • SophiaMCSophiaMC Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    @Msunderstanding - Thank you for your input. I was also there for PS but I didn't get to chat w a few of the students. I mostly talked w other prospects and appreciate the feedback. Could you possibly tell me more about the new president?
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