Leadership & Governance

Voices From Sweet Briar: Students and Faculty Prepare to Move On

A College's Demise

April 13, 2015


Julia Schmalz
Some students at Sweet Briar College, which announced last month that it would close, say they are running into difficulties trying to transfer to other institutions. Meanwhile, faculty members are not giving up hope.


Red buds are blooming and trees are showing signs of spring on the campus of Sweet Briar College. Little more than a month has passed since the women's college in Southwestern Virginia said that it would close its doors for good, prompting its alumnae to rise up in an effort to save the institution. Meanwhile, the college's faculty and students are preparing for the end. Some students say they are learning that their transfer colleges can't supply them with the same financial aid they received at Sweet Briar. Faculty members are not giving up hope that their community will somehow be saved.



Julia Schmalz is a multimedia producer. She tells stories with photos, audio, and video. Follow her on Twitter @jschmalz09, or email her at julia.schmalz@chronicle.com