Students Say

The University of the South is a small, "very demanding" school "in the middle of rural Tennessee." Students describe it as "an oasis of perfection" "dripping with both Southern and academic tradition." "Sewanee embodies what a lib­ eral arts education should," beams a history major. Classes are "small" and there's a "well-rounded curriculum." "The volume of work can make you want to pull your hair out," warns an economics major. "Sewanee does not inflate grades," either.

Overview

Applicants
2,977
Acceptance Rate
65%
Average HS GPA
3.69

GPA Breakdown

49%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
570 - 690
SAT Math
560 - 670
SAT Writing
570 - 670
ACT Composite
26 - 30

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Recommendation(s)

Overall

Students Say

The University of the South is a small, "very demanding" school "in the middle of rural Tennessee." Students describe it as "an oasis of perfection" "dripping with both Southern and academic tradition." "Sewanee embodies what a lib­ eral arts education should," beams a history major. Classes are "small" and there's a "well-rounded curriculum." "The volume of work can make you want to pull your hair out," warns an economics major. "Sewanee does not inflate grades," either. "You must work hard to earn an A." "Occasionally a professor or two takes the absent-minded professor stereotype to a ridiculous level," but "it is hard to find a truly bad teacher among the whole lot." Professors here "care about their students." "Their passion for their fields and students is unparalleled." Profs are also very approachable. "We have incredible access to the faculty," gushes a religion major. "Many professors invite students to their homes for social and educational activities somewhat regularly," adds a music major. Students also love the "extremely reachable" administration. The only complaint we hear about academic life concerns the lack of course availability.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10.2:1
Total Faculty
220
with Terminal Degree
190

129
Men
91
Women
24
Minority
8
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
76%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Environmental Biology

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Sustainability Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies
  • Forest Sciences and Biology
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Jon Meacham
Pulitzer Prize-winning author; former Editor-in-Chief, Newsweek

Stephen Alvarez
Photojournalist for National Geographic

Radney Foster
American country music singer, songwriter, producer

Robert Pearigen
President, Millsaps College

Becca Stevens
Founder, Magdalene and Thistle Farms

Jay Faires
Founder, Mammoth Records

Ramona Doyle
Group Medical Director, Genetech; Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
87
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Bang For Your Buck

Attendance at Sewanee costs about $45,000 annually (that’s tuition, room and board, fees and books). It’s unlikely that you will pay anywhere near that, though, given the profusion of need-based aid and academic scholarships. Financial aid packages are generous and flexible, and the average grant for freshmen demonstrating financial need is more than $24,000. Graduates average about $22,500 in loan debt.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,181

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,247

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,062

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,277

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
38%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$23,021

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
$272
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$5,100
Transportation for Commuters
$200

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Even though the administration here is "pushing the diversity card to the nth degree," Sewanee is "strikingly homogenous." "A lot more students here are liberal than you would guess," and Yankees are "not viewed as aliens," but "Sewanee is a Southern and conservative school in every sense of the word." Students are typically "laid-back," "rich, conservative, and fun" "children of the Southern aristocracy" who like to "get drunk on the weekends." Some are "heavily spoiled and coddled." "We have lots of cookie-cutter, preppy; extreme social drinkers, but then again you can also find people who wear only organ­ ic hemp, sleep outside, and have dreadlocks," explains a junior. "There are a lot of outdoorsy styles mixed in as well." While "social arrangements are very cliquish," students tell us they are "relatively peacefully coexisting." "It really is one of the friendliest communities that I have ever seen," declares a sophomore.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,631
Out of State
74%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
24

Demographics

52% female
48% male
74% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

A few dorms at Sewanee “really need some work.” “Give me air conditioning,” demands a sweaty sophomore. The “secluded” town that surrounds the school is “void of any good restaurants, bars, and general distractions a city provides.” The campus is “absolutely gorgeous,” though. It’s a “serene haven” in “an idyllic setting” atop a mountain. Also, the school owns an “incredible amount of land.” “Hiking the beautiful perimeter trail” is a favorite pastime, and students can bike, kayak, and “play in the woods” to their hearts’ content. Socially, “Sewanee is unique in its quirks.” There’s a revered honor code. Faculty members wear academic gowns when they teach, and “most Sewanee students follow the tradition of dressing up for class.” You’ll see men in bow ties and seersucker suits and women in “pointy heels and pearls.” There’s also an “ever-present” sense of community. “You can’t compartmentalize your life here,” and for good or ill, “everyone knows what everyone else did last night.” During the week, studying is paramount. “We spend a lot of time in the library,” notes a sophomore. However, alcohol policies here are “lenient” and “Sewanee is a pretty big party school.” Booze is “by no means forced upon you,” but “students here drink often and heavily.” The frat scene is absolutely massive. “Almost everyone becomes involved in a fraternity or a sorority.” “The administration requires all Greek events to be open to the entire campus,” but “there is no other social network except the Greek organizations.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
98%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
74
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
87

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
110
Number of Honor Societies
9

Number of Social Sororities
9
Number of Religious Organizations
11

58% join a fraternity
56% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

32% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Tigers)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Tigers)
15 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups

Sustainability

Sewanee’s greening efforts run both wide and deep. The university’s recently completed Sustainability Master Plan aims to improve sustainability’s reach to all facets of the university. A signatory of both the ACUPCC and the Talloires Declaration, Sewanee has more than six full-time staff members working on sustainability initiatives. Currently, an estimated 25 percent of the school’s cleaning products are Green Seal-certified and 80 percent of the campus grounds are maintained organically. Students on campus benefit enormously from the focus on sustainability, as the university has implemented bike share programs and guaranteed rides home for students to decrease personal vehicle use. All the buildings on campus are linked to a central computer-operated climate control system, which saves the university money and energy. Sewanee also offers an environmental studies major and has created an environmentally- themed dorm called GreenHouse in addition to three other environmentally- focused theme houses. GreenHouse provides a backyard garden, programming space, and Hen Hall, a coup housing twelve chickens for eggs and educational purposes. The revitalized University Farm supplies food to the dining hall, giving students insight into the whole “farm-to-table” process. A farmer's market operates at the Sewanee Community Center weekly. Sewanee’s water conservation successes are a direct result of student-initiated change; students advocated for the installation of lowflow showerheads and toilets across campus, resulting in as much as a 60 percent reduction in water usage in some campus buildings.

Green Rating
89
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
16

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Maria Watters
Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
735 University Ave.
Sewanee, TN 373831000

Phone
800-522-2234

Email
memory@sewanee.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Outdoor recreation on Sewanee's 13,000 a
McClurg Dining Hall
Abbo's Alley Ravine Garden
Fowler Sport and Fitness Center
Stirling's Coffee House

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Tennesse Aquarium
Nashville concerts and events
Monteagle Assembly
South Cumberland Recreation Area
Chattanooga shopping areas

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
M-F: 8am-4:30pm; Sat: 10am-1pm
800-522-2234

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: MWF 9am & 2:30pm; TTh 9:30am & 2:30 pm; some Sat 10:30 am
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
MWF 9am & 2:30pm; TTh 9:30am & 2:30 pm; some Sat 10:30 am

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://visit.sewanee.edu/

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
1-night stay, seniors only Sun-Weds

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Nashville International Airport is 90 miles from campus. The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport is 50 miles from campus. Rental cars are available at these airports, and shuttle service is available from the airports for students traveling alone. Contact the Office of Admission for details. The University has its own airport in Sewanee, a mile and a half from campus. The 3,500-foot runway is available to private planes; call 913-598-1910 for further information. The University can provide a car at the Sewanee airport for visitor use. Greyhound bus lines serve Monteagle, which is 4 miles from Sewanee. If you notify the admissions office well in advance, it will provide transportation to and from the bus station.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-24 (between Nashville and Chattanooga), take Exit 134 (Monteagle) to Hwy. 41N. After approximately 4 miles, pass through the stone columns and turn right onto University Ave. The admission office is approximately 1 mile down University Ave. on the right, across from the main quadrangle and All Saints' Chapel. If you are traveling south on Hwy. 41, Sewanee is 6 miles east of Cowan. At the top of the mountain, turn left onto University Ave. at the small group of shops. Proceed up the hill to the heart of campus. The admissions office is on the left side of the street across from the main quadrangle and All Saints Chapel.

Local Accommodations
For on-campus convenience, character, and fun, the Sewanee Inn (931-598-1686) has it all. Built from mountain stone with cathedral ceilings, the rooms include a continental breakfast. Alternatives include the Best Western Smoke House (Monteagle; 913-924-2091), a motel with cabins in the back and an outdoor pool; the Monteagle Inn (931-924-3869); or the Edgeworth Inn (931-924-2669), just seven miles from the university. The inn's moderate price includes a full southern breakfast with biscuits. It's fun to explore the 96 acres of this Victorian village. The inn is also great for hiking and biking. The Assembly grounds are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Key Stats

2,977
Applicants
1,631
Size
65%
Acceptance Rate
1240
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