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Virginia Tech, Sweet Briar College formalize student exchange program

October 16, 2006

Virginia Tech and Sweet Briar College have formalized a student exchange program that will broaden the education opportunities of students, provide a diverse campus environment, and facilitate cooperation and collaboration among student and faculty at each institution.

“Virginia Tech, a public research university, and Sweet Briar College, a woman's liberal arts college, each have unique traditions and missions that afford student world-class educational experiences,” said Mark McNamee, university provost and vice president for academic affairs at Virginia Tech. “Participating students from each institution will be granted access to educational encounters not typically available to students on their own campuses.”

“Students from Virginia Tech will experience the culture of a smaller institution and work closely with faculty in a more intimate college setting,” said Jonathan Green, dean of the college and vice president for academic affair at Sweet Briar College. “Students from Sweet Briar will access a wider array of advanced coursework, interact with a larger peer group, and become acquainted with a research-oriented institution that may inspire future graduate education.”

The exchange program is intended primarily for upper division undergraduate students. Participants must have an overall grade point average of not less than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and be in good financial, academic, and disciplinary standing. Students in the exchange program must be enrolled in at least one three-credit course and may also be engaged in undergraduate research, but can not exceed 11 credits.

To participate in this exchange program, students must apply on or before August 1 for the fall semester, Dec. 1 for the spring semester, and April 15 for the summer term.

The agreement will be reviewed every three years, or as needed, by each institution.

Persons interested in finding out more about this agreement should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or call (540) 231-6267. Sweet Briar students interested in pursuing study at Virginia Tech under this arrangement should contact their own academic advisors for details and to request an endorsement.