Sweet Briar College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$21,900
2.24% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$26,554
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
2.56%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
75.9%
873 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
362
99.2% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
30.5%
47 Graduates

About

Sweet Briar College is a higher education institution located in Amherst County, VA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Sweet Briar College were General Business (14 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (11 degrees), and Engineering Science (10 degrees).

In 2020, 114 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Sweet Briar College. 100% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 0% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (82 degrees), 6.83 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (12 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Sweet Briar College is $21,900, which is $−6,500 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Sweet Briar College is $21,900, which is $−6,500 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $26,554.

In 2020, 93% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 58% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$21,900
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Sweet Briar College was $21,900. The cost of tuition at Sweet Briar College is $−6,500 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

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Average Net Price

$26,554
2020 Value
2.69%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Sweet Briar College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $26,554. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Sweet Briar College grew by 2.69%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,150
Room and Board
$1,250
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Sweet Briar College was of $10,150 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,250. The cost of room and board increased by 0.995% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

93%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
58%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

93% of undergraduate students at Sweet Briar College received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2019, when 93% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
2.56%
2018 Default Rate
3
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Sweet Briar College was 2.56%, which represents 3 out of the 117 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Sweet Briar College received 873 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 20.6% annual growth. Out of those 873 applicants, 663 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 75.9% acceptance rate.

There were 362 students enrolled at Sweet Briar College in 2020, and 47% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Sweet Briar College has an overall enrollment yield of 18.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

75.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
663
Accepted Out of 873

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Sweet Briar College was 75.9% (663 admissions from 873 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 79.4%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 20.6%, while admissions grew by 15.3%.

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SAT Scores

47%
Submission Percentage
57
Scores Submitted

47% of enrolled first-time students at Sweet Briar College in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Sweet Briar College has a total enrollment of 362 students. The full-time enrollment at Sweet Briar College is 359 students and the part-time enrollment is 3. This means that 99.2% of students enrolled at Sweet Briar College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Sweet Briar College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 72.1% White, 10.5% Black or African American, 4.14% Hispanic or Latino, 2.76% Asian, 1.1% Two or More Races, 0.276% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Sweet Briar College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (72%), followed by Black or African American Female (10.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.25%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (100%), followed by Asian Male (0%) and Asian Female (0%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

99.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Sweet Briar College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 362 students. The full-time enrollment at Sweet Briar College is 359 and the part-time enrollment is 3. This means that 99.2% of students enrolled at Sweet Briar College are enrolled full-time compared with 80.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

79%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Sweet Briar College was 79%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Sweet Briar College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    261
  2. Black or African American
    38
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    15

The enrolled student population at Sweet Briar College is 72.1% White, 10.5% Black or African American, 4.14% Hispanic or Latino, 2.76% Asian, 1.1% Two or More Races, 0.276% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.8% White, 13.8% Black or African American, and 13.4% Hispanic or Latino.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 26 students (7.18%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 114 more women than men received degrees from Sweet Briar College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Sweet Briar College is white (82 degrees awarded). There were 6.83 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (12 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Sweet Briar College is General Business (14 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (11 degrees) and Engineering Science (10 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Sweet Briar College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are History (7 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (3 degrees), and English (10 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sweet Briar College are Elementary & middle school teachers (214,387 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (205,843 people), Other managers (202,237 people), Postsecondary teachers (179,735 people), and Secondary school teachers (161,830 people).

The most specialized majors at Sweet Briar College are History (7 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (3 degrees), English (10 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (20 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (3 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sweet Briar College are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Physicians, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at Sweet Briar College are History (7 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (3 degrees), English (10 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (20 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (3 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sweet Briar College are Elementary & secondary schools (531,305 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (368,071 people), Legal services (170,358 people), Computer Systems Design (151,587 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (115,424 people).

The most specialized majors at Sweet Briar College are History (7 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (3 degrees), English (10 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (20 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (3 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Sweet Briar College.
Most Common
  1. 14 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 11 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 10 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Sweet Briar College was General Business with 14 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

0
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
114
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 0 degrees were awarded to men at Sweet Briar College, which is 0 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (114).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 0 degrees were awarded to men at Sweet Briar College in Environmental Studies, which is 0 times less than the 2 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 14 degrees were awarded to women at Sweet Briar College in General Business, which is NaNy times more than the 0 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

43%
100% Completion Time
46%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 43% of students graduating from Sweet Briar College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 46% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 46% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (50%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Sweet Briar College is Female and Asian (50% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 4.26% of graduates (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    82 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    12 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    8 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Sweet Briar College is white (82 degrees awarded). There were 6.83 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (12 degrees).

0.877% of degree recipients (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    82 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Female
    12 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    8 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Sweet Briar College is white female (82 degrees awarded). There were 6.83 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino female (12 degrees).

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Operations

Sweet Briar College has an endowment valued at nearly $64M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $−NaNM (−2.56%), compared to the 2.06% average return ($820k on $39.8M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2020, Sweet Briar College had a total salary expenditure of $28M. Sweet Briar College employs 14 Assistant professors, 10 Associate professors, and 9 Professors. Most academics at Sweet Briar College are Male Assistant professors (8), Female Associate professors(7), and Male Professors (6).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sweet Briar College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 27 employees, Service, with 25 employees, and Management with 17 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$64M
2020 Endowment
9.21%
decline from 2019

Sweet Briar College has an endowment valued at about $64M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Sweet Briar College declined 9.21% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $24.1M higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $596k - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Sweet Briar College received $596k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$11M
2020 Salaries
4.51%
decline from 2019

In 2020, Sweet Briar College paid a median of $11M in salaries, which represents 39.2% of their overall expenditure ($28M) and a 4.51% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.2% decline from 2018 and a 14.8% decline from 2017.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.4M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$2.24M
Instructional Salaries
35
Number of Employees

In 2020, Sweet Briar College paid a total of $2.24M to 35 employees working as instructors, which represents 20.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.78M (31%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
14 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
27 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Sweet Briar College were Assistant professor with 14 employees; Associate professor with 10 employees; and Associate professor with 9 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sweet Briar College were Office and Administrative Support with 27 employees; Service with 25 employees; and Management with 17 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Assistant professor
  2. Female Associate professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Sweet Briar College was Male Assistant professor with 8 employees, Female Associate professor with 7 employees, and Male Professor with 6 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Sweet Briar College.

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