Located on a gorgeous 13,000-acre campus atop the Cumberland Plateau, the University of the South, familiarly known as Sewanee, is a unique academic community rich with traditions.
Town and gown are one and the same at Sewanee, where the University’s vice-chancellor and president also serves as mayor of the on-campus town of Sewanee, home to around 1,300 full-time community members—including 90% of Sewanee’s renowned faculty. With nearly 100% of students living on campus, learning pervades every aspect of student life, but hearty intellectualism is balanced by healthy social and community engagement. With vibrant Greek life and Division III athletics—as well as an active outing club, a well-funded program board, and numerous community engagement programs—Sewanee students do not have to look too far for fun, and 90% of them stay on campus on the weekends.
Well known for its natural beauty, Sewanee’s 13,000-acre mountaintop campus is called “the Domain.” Centrally located among the Domain’s forests, lakes, meadows, and rock outcroppings, the neo-Gothic-built environment of central campus is as inspiring as the natural environment that surrounds it.
In summer 2014 Sewanee funded more than 215 student internships that took place in 11 countries and 24 states with organizations like Christie’s, the Dallas Museum of Art, Morgan Stanley, Monticello, the New York Botanical Garden, the Land Trust of Tennessee, U.S. district courts, the Yale Child Study Center, and the World Wildlife Fund.
The Sewanee pledge
Sewanee’s promise to its students is comprehensive: it covers cost, value, academics, and culture. The University of the South has taken a leadership role in making a first-rate higher education more accessible by offering its four-year tuition guarantee. Top-notch faculty have committed themselves to making the first-year experience more meaningful by creating a deeply personal advising system for new students. And for more than 100 years, Sewanee’s honor code has given students the chance to live in a community of civility and respect.
Students in Sewanee’s environmental studies program become well versed in modern, environmentally friendly approaches to life and business by examining environmental issues and conducting research at local, national, and international levels. Students draw on the unparalleled physical resources available in Sewanee’s living laboratory, which includes 13,000 acres of forested landholdings, to prepare for important roles in the growing green economy.
Ninety-eight percent of Sewanee graduates are employed or in graduate school 12 months after graduation. Sewanee graduates are competitive for postgraduate fellowships and scholarships; the University has produced 26 Rhodes Scholars. Graduate school acceptance rates are high—law, 95%; medical, 85%; business, 95%—and the top career fields are education, finance, law, and medicine.
Sewanee, Tennessee, is located in the heart of the Southeast, with easy access to Chattanooga (40 miles, 64 kilometers), Nashville (93 miles, 150 kilometers), and Atlanta (160 miles, 257 kilometers). Sewanee’s climate is temperate, with warm summers and mild winters.
Type of University: Private, four-year, coeducational liberal arts and sciences college founded in 1857
Size of Campus: 13,000 acres
Number of Students: 1,631 students, all undergraduate
Number of Faculty: 201
Colleges, Programs, and Degrees:
• American Studies
• Art & Art History
• Asian Studies
• Classical Languages, Greek & Latin
• Computer Science
• Creative Writing
• Environmental Studies
• Film Studies
• Forestry & Geology
• French & French Studies
• German & German Studies
• International & Global Studies
• Library Science
• Medical & Health Professions
• Medieval Studies
• Physics & Astronomy
• Religion & Environment
• School of Theology
• Shakespeare Studies
• Theatre Arts
• Watershed Science
• Women’s & Gender Studies
Geographic Diversity: Students representing 24 countries and 46 U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia
International Student Services: Comprehensive international student advising; personal, immigration, and career advising; international student clubs and cultural programs; guaranteed on-campus housing
International Student Budget: Comprehensive costs for tuition, fees, room, board (meals), books, health insurance, and personal expenses are approximately $53,750 for 2015–2016. Tuition and fees: $38,700; room and board (meals): $16,050; indirect expenses (books, international travel, health insurance, etc.): approximately $4,000
Financial Aid: Scholarships, which are awarded without consideration of financial need, range from $5,000 to full tuition, and room and board (meals). Grants, which are awarded with consideration of financial need, range from $5,000 to full tuition, and room and board (meals).
Test Score Requirements: SAT/ACT optional; even though Sewanee has an optional standardized testing policy, international students may be at a disadvantage if no testing is submitted. TOEFL or IELTS is required if English is not the applicant’s first language.
Application Deadlines and Fees: Early Decision I, November 15; Early Action and International Student Grant Program, December 1; Early Decision II, January 15; Regular Decision, February 1; CSS/PROFILE, February 1; application is free.