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Sweet Briar College recruits largest class since 2013
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Sweet Briar College recruits largest class since 2013

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Sweet Briar College is one of the largest employers in Amherst County, contributing more than $25 million a year to its economy.

More than 200 new students will be welcomed to Sweet Briar College this fall — the largest incoming class the college has seen since 2013.

According to Sweet Briar College President Meredith Woo, the number of students who have made their deposits to hold their spot for the fall semester is up 50% from last year.

Last year, she said, the incoming class of new and transfer students was 150.

The college has a projected total enrollment of 450 for the 2021-22 school year, up more than 100 students from last year’s 342.

Before previous college leadership unsuccessfully attempted to close the school in 2015, enrollment was closer to 600 students. The college is well on its way to reaching its enrollment capacity in the next several years, spokesperson Dana Poleski said.

“As we graduate the small classes, and enroll much larger classes, we expect to be at 800 in four or five years,” Woo said in a statement.

Sweet Briar College also has seen fundraising successes during the past several years, with more than $91.5 million raised since 2015, the college recently announced.

— Jamey Cross

— Jamey Cross

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Cross covers K-12 and higher education for The News & Advance. An Asheboro, North Carolina native, Cross joined The News & Advance team in January 2020 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism.

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