Sweet Briar College uses size to its advantage

3,250-acre campus and small classes sizes will allow for ample social distancing
By: | June 17, 2020

Sweet Briar College’s remote Virginia campus and its low enrollment may enable the school to offer a fall semester with a greater sense of normalcy.

The college’s Safe, Spacious, and Ready for Fall 2020 plan will offer all students single rooms at no additional cost.

Also, the school’s 3,250-acre campus and classes with an 8-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio will allow for ample social distancing, administrators say.

Students also will be able to eat in dining halls, with no-contact serving and a new farm-to-table program that will provide fresh food from the college’s greenhouse.


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“We may be one of the rare colleges in America that can reasonably and confidently enforce social distancing,” President Meredith Woo has said. 

Sweet Briar plans to start classes early, on Aug. 11, which would make it the first college in Virginia to start its fall 2020 semester.

Sweet Briar also will offer on-campus medical care, telemedicine and COVID-19 testing.

Read Sweet Briar College’s full reopening plan here


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