July 15, 2015
Sweet Briar College Announces 300 Students to Date for 2015-2016 School Year, Restoration of Junior Year Abroad Program for Fall 2016 Under New Leadership, Sweet Briar College Continues to Secure New and Returning Students; Board of Directors Unanimously Vote to Reinstate Historic Junior Year Abroad Program
Amherst, VA – In its third board meeting in twelve days, the Sweet Briar College Board of Directors/Trustees met via tele-conference yesterday to continue taking steps toward ensuring the success of the historic women’s college.
In just six business days under new leadership, Sweet Briar has nearly 300 new and returning students committed to enroll this fall. Returning students include the student government president, each of the underclassman class presidents, freshmen class Presidential Scholarship candidates and new applicants.
“Not surprisingly, we are getting our very best students back,” said Sweet Briar College President Phillip Stone. “These are students that have many choices, and they are choosing to come back to Sweet Briar. The nearly 300 students that have indicated they will return is our new starting point. We intend to move up from there.”
Upon the recommendation of President Stone, the Board voted unanimously to recall Sweet Briar’s Junior Year Abroad programs from Hollins University, pursuant to the terms of Judge James W. Updike’s order allowing for the temporary transfer.
“We expect to cooperate with Hollins in this year’s Junior Year Abroad programs for the benefit of students and all involved, but we will return these programs to their home base at Sweet Briar next year and thereafter,” said President Stone.
Sweet Briar College’s Junior Year in France program is the oldest coeducational intercollegiate study abroad program in Paris and has been administered by Sweet Briar since 1948. The college’s other study abroad programs include Junior Year in Spain and semester or academic year programs at St. Andrews University, as well as programs at institutions around the world.
The Board approved Tom Connors to serve as interim Chief Financial Officer of the College. Mr. Connors had previously served as Vice President and Treasurer of Sweet Briar College from 1986-1995, among other distinguished professional positions. Mr. Connors was serving on the newly elected Board of Directors, but will step down during his tenure as CFO.
The Board set 2015-2016 tuition and fees to remain the same as those for the 2014-2015 year, at $47,095. President Stone emphasized that the college will honor the most recent financial aid provided by Sweet Briar College to current students who return. For accepted freshman, the administration is working to expedite the review of financial aid applications so that quick decisions can be made.
Additionally, the college announced special dates for the upcoming school year, including Convocation on August 26, First Day of Classes on August 27 and Founder’s Day Weekend on September 25-26.
President Stone and the Board of Directors pledged to continue working diligently to create a vibrant and flourishing liberal arts college for women that will last for the next 114 years and beyond.
“What we have accomplished in this first week is truly remarkable,” said President Stone. “The best is yet to come.”
The Board will continue to meet weekly via tele-conference-conference and has scheduled a Board Retreat on Sweet Briar College campus August 14-15, 2015.