Sweet Briar College says nearly 300 students to enroll

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SWEET BRIAR (AP) - Sweet Briar College says nearly 300 women are scheduled to enroll in the upcoming academic year.

Sweet Briar President Phillip Stone calls the commitments from returning and new students a "starting point" to get the 114-year-old women's college back on track after a tumultuous spring and summer.

The private liberal arts college was scheduled to close in late August after its former president and board said the financial challenges facing the school were insurmountable.

But a fierce campaign by former students ultimately led to a mediated settlement, sweeping in new leadership and millions in donated dollars.

Sweet Briar's new governing board met Tuesday by teleconference. Among its actions, it set 2015-16 tuition and fees. They will remain the same at $47,095.