Sweet Briar College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$21,420
2% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$25,859
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
2.52%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
79.4%
724 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
354
99.7% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
46%
81 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 (6 degrees awarded), General Studies (3 degrees), and Engineering Science (2 degrees).

In 2019, 30 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 (23 degrees), 7.67 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (3 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Sweet Briar College is $21,420, which is $-5,860 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Sweet Briar College is $21,420, which is $-5,860 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $25,859.

In 2019, 93% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 56% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$21,420
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Sweet Briar College was $21,420. The cost of tuition at Sweet Briar College is $-5,860 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

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Average Net Price

$25,859
2019 Value
0.714%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Sweet Briar College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $25,859. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Sweet Briar College grew by 0.714%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,050
Room and Board
$1,250
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Sweet Briar College was of $10,050 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,250. The cost of room and board increased by 0.5% between 2018 and 2019. 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
56%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

93% of undergraduate students at Sweet Briar College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 9.41% with respect to 2018, when 85% 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.
2.52%
2017 Default Rate
4
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Sweet Briar College was 2.52%, which represents 4 out of the 159 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 724 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 10.7% annual growth. Out of those 724 applicants, 575 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 79.4% acceptance rate.

There were 354 students enrolled at Sweet Briar College in 2019, and 54% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Sweet Briar College has an overall enrollment yield of 18.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

79.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
575
Accepted Out of 724

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Sweet Briar College was 79.4% (575 admissions from 724 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 75.7%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 10.7%, while admissions grew by 16.2%.

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SAT Scores

54%
Submission Percentage
56
Scores Submitted

54% of enrolled first-time students at Sweet Briar College in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Sweet Briar College has a total enrollment of 354 students. The full-time enrollment at Sweet Briar College is 353 students and the part-time enrollment is 1. This means that 99.7% of students enrolled at Sweet Briar College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Sweet Briar College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 74% White, 8.47% Black or African American, 6.78% Hispanic or Latino, 2.54% Asian, 1.69% Two or More Races, 0.282% 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 (72.9%), followed by Black or African American Female (8.57%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.29%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (66.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (33.3%) and Asian Male (0%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

99.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Sweet Briar College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 354 students. The full-time enrollment at Sweet Briar College is 353 and the part-time enrollment is 1. This means that 99.7% of students enrolled at Sweet Briar College are enrolled full-time compared with 81.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

65%
2019 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 65%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Sweet Briar College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    262
  2. Black or African American
    30
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    24

The enrolled student population at Sweet Briar College is 74% White, 8.47% Black or African American, 6.78% Hispanic or Latino, 2.54% Asian, 1.69% Two or More Races, 0.282% 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 55% White, 14% Black or African American, and 13.1% 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, 10 students (2.82%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 30 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 (23 degrees awarded). There were 7.67 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (3 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Sweet Briar College is General Business (6 degrees awarded), followed by General Studies (3 degrees) and Engineering Science (2 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 (2 degrees awarded), English (2 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (1 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 Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (465,677 people), Other managers (387,706 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (291,031 people), Postsecondary teachers (246,673 people), and Secondary school teachers (207,683 people).

The most specialized majors at Sweet Briar College are History (2 degrees awarded), English (2 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (1 degrees), Social Sciences (6 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (2 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, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Physicians, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists

The most specialized majors at Sweet Briar College are History (2 degrees awarded), English (2 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (1 degrees), Social Sciences (6 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (2 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 (745,106 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (528,969 people), Legal services (373,011 people), Computer Systems Design (280,136 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (228,267 people).

The most specialized majors at Sweet Briar College are History (2 degrees awarded), English (2 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (1 degrees), Social Sciences (6 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (2 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. 6 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 3 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 2 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Sweet Briar College was General Business with 6 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

0
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
30
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 0 degrees were awarded to men at Sweet Briar College, which is 0 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (30).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 0 degrees were awarded to men at Sweet Briar College in Environmental Studies, which is 0 times less than the 1 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 6 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

53%
100% Completion Time
54%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 53% of students graduating from Sweet Briar College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 54% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 54% 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 Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Hispanic or Latino Female
Highest Graduation Rate (66.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Sweet Briar College is Female and Hispanic or Latino (66.7% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    23 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    3 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    2 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Sweet Briar College is white (23 degrees awarded). There were 7.67 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (3 degrees).

6.67% of degree recipients (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    23 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    3 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    1 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Sweet Briar College is white female (23 degrees awarded). There were 7.67 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (3 degrees).

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Operations

Sweet Briar College has an endowment valued at nearly $70.5M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.85M (4.05%), compared to the 3.99% average return ($1.62M on $40.7M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2019, Sweet Briar College had a total salary expenditure of $28M. Sweet Briar College employs 17 Assistant professors, 12 Professors, and 7 Associate professors. Most academics at Sweet Briar College are Male Professors (9), Male Assistant professors(9), and Female Assistant professors (8).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sweet Briar College are: Service, with 39 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 37 employees, and Management with 18 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$70.5M
2019 Endowment
5.83%
decline from 2018

Sweet Briar College has an endowment valued at about $70.5M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Sweet Briar College declined 5.83% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $29.8M 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. $93.8k - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Sweet Briar College received $93.8k 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

$11.5M
2019 Salaries
0.2%
decline from 2018

In 2019, Sweet Briar College paid a median of $11.5M in salaries, which represents 41.1% of their overall expenditure ($28M) and a 0.2% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 14.8% decline from 2017 and a 16.2% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.5M (41% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$2.71M
Instructional Salaries
43
Number of Employees

In 2019, Sweet Briar College paid a total of $2.71M to 43 employees working as instructors, which represents 23.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.89M (31.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
17 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
39 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Sweet Briar College were Assistant professor with 17 employees; Professor with 12 employees; and Professor with 7 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sweet Briar College were Service with 39 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 37 employees; and Management with 18 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Sweet Briar College was Male Professor with 9 employees, Male Assistant professor with 9 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 8 employees.

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

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