Sewanee: The University of the SouthLogo Sewanee: The University of the SouthLogo

International Profile

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.

The Domain
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.

Sewanee recently funded more than 215 student summer 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, US 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.

Environmental Studies
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 School: Private, four-year, coeducational liberal arts and sciences college founded in 1857

Size of Campus: 13,000 acres

Number of Students: 1,721 students, all undergraduate

Number of Faculty: 160

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees:
• American Studies major
• Anthropology major, minor
• Arabic elective
• Archaeology minor
• Art, Art History, and Visual Studies
- Art major, minor
- Art History major, minor
- Film Studies minor
• Asian Studies major, minor
• Biochemistry major, minor
• Biology
- Biology major, minor
- Ecology and Biodiversity major
• Business minor
• Chemistry major, minor
• Chinese elective
• Classics
- Classics major, minor
- Greek major, minor
- Latin major, minor
• Computer Science major, minor
• Economics major, minor
• Education minor
• Engineering Pre-professional
• English
- Creative Writing Certificate
- English major
- Shakespeare Studies minor
• Earth and Environmental Systems
- Environment and Sustainability major
- Forestry major
- Geology major
- Natural Resources and the Environment major
- Watershed Science Certificate
• Integrated Program in the Environment
- Environment and Sustainability major
- Environmental Arts and Humanities major
- Environmental Studies minor
- Religion and Environment minor
- Watershed Science Certificate
• French and French Studies major, minor
• German and German Studies major, minor
• History major, minor
• Humanities minor
• International and Global Studies major, minor
• Italian minor
• Japanese elective
• Law Pre-professional
• Library Science elective
• Mathematics major, minor
• Medical and Health Programs

• Medieval Studies major
• Music major, minor
• Neuroscience minor
• Philosophy major, minor
• Physics and Astronomy
- Physics major
- Astronomy minor
• Politics major, minor
• Psychology major, minor
• Religious Studies
- Religion and Environment minor
- Religious Studies major, minor
• Russian major, minor
• School Of Theology elective
• Spanish major, minor
• Theatre and Dance major, minor
• Women’s and Gender Studies major, minor

Geographic Diversity: Students representing 27 countries and 48 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 $57,700 for 2016–2017: tuition and fees, $42,400; room and board (meals), $12,100; indirect expenses (books, international travel, health insurance, etc.), approximately $3,700.

Financial Aid: Scholarships, which are awarded without consideration of financial need, range from $5,000–$20,000. Grants, which are awarded with consideration of financial need, range from $5,000 to full tuition and room and board (meals). ISFAA and grant essay are needed to be considered for grant funds.

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; application is free.