More than 500 students are currently enrolled in the school. The school is located outside Amherst, Virginia, about 70 miles northeast of Roanoke and 60 miles southwest of Charlottesville.
According to a school press release, the college began in March 2014 a strategic planning initiative that ultimately did not yield "any viable paths because of financial constraints."
In a video announcement about the wind down, a school official said that the process of concluding academic operations would be handled with "integrity and compassion," but that some details were still being worked out. The current semester is scheduled to be completed as planned, with current students being offered assistance in finding new academic homes, which may involve "teach out" options with selected institutions. The college said that it "hoped" to provide severance to faculty and staff, but that the details were yet to be determined.
In concluding remarks in the video message, Sweet Briar President Jimmy Jones said that while "this is without question a special place in one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, the college's true home is within each of us."
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