The Washington Post on the advantage of Sweet Briar during a pandemic

The Washington Post recently published a significant article on Sweet Briar College. Reporter Susan Svyluga, who has written about the College numerous times, makes the case for how we are uniquely positioned to successfully provide a healthy learning and living environment. She also shares the immense progress that has been made over the past five years.

Read The Washington Post article:
“This college is tiny and isolated. For some students during the pandemic, that sounds perfect.”

Here is an excerpt:

The Washington Post
Photo by Heather Rousseau

“Like most schools, Sweet Briar held classes online this spring. But the education is designed to be experienced in person, from the small classes to the vast campus to the rituals and traditions that bind alumnae to the place.

“Many universities are now considering holding classes outside, to reduce the spread of the virus. At Sweet Briar, that’s always been a thing: Students study the butterflies that float around the campus and the bees busy in the school’s apiary, its bright beehives painted pastel colors. Engineering students compete in a cardboard regatta at a lake on campus, using duct tape and cardboard boxes to design boats that can get from one landing to another without sinking. Students can study sustainability at the school’s giant new greenhouse, where, on one recent afternoon, basil, lettuce and cherry tomatoes were poking up out of their dirt beds. That produce will be used for students’ meals, donated to needy families, and sold to people in the community who want to eat local food.

“Many of the school’s pastimes can be pandemic-friendly. Students ride horses, as part of the school’s nationally known equestrian program or just to enjoy the 18 miles of trails. (When they’re seniors, they get a day to ride anywhere they like, even right up to the president’s house, said Mimi Wroten, director of the riding program.) They paddle around near the boathouse. They wander campus, past the Georgian brick buildings, the pink roses that first inspired the Sweet Briar name, the vineyard, the forests of oak and chestnut and tulip poplar.”


To see what it’s like to live and learn at Sweet Briar, we invite you to explore the link below and schedule your visit, either virtually or on campus.

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