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Academics

Courses are “demanding and strenuous” at The University of the South, “but not impossible.” This private institution features small classes with a “strong emphasis on critical thinking and writing,” and professors “know your name and care if you do well” because of that. Beyond that, teachers are “ridiculously accessible,” host dinners, classes, or even “’Congratulations, you finished the final!’ cookies” at their homes. (Students do note that lately the administration is not maintaining quite as low of a student-to-faculty ratio for intro-level courses.)

Overall, the campus community “loves and venerates our liberal-arts tradition,” which emphasizes “learning and personal growth” and a “well-rounded education to use in careers and in life” over competition or job-specific training. Yet according to one student, the school “shows that you can get a good job with any degree here. Even the lampooned Art History major has a high job rate.” Undergrads think confidently of their post-graduation prospects, giving credit once again to faculty who are “always willing to share their professional contacts” in addition to an “extensive alumni network [that] will support you after college” and the school’s “great reputation around the South.”

Student Body

The University of the South students describe themselves as a mix of “preppy, work-hard-party-hard” types and “hemp-wearing hippies,” although the “overlap between . . . groups is substantial.” One student boasts: “It is a delicate balance that wouldn’t work anywhere but here.” That said, the school is concerned with traditions of courtesy, respect, and academic commitment,” and has a reputation for conservative Southern values. The University of the South attracts “mostly white, wealthy, Southern students” who are “unique, fun, well-rounded, down-to-earth” and friendly. So, racially, “the campus isn’t diverse, but it is growing.” And the school itself has a mostly liberal student body and faculty, and “encourages diversity of faiths, backgrounds, sexual identities, etc.” Additionally, while the school still has a dress code, it’s no longer “pearls and pointy heels” or seersucker suits. “We all dress pretty nice but not that overboard,” clarifies a student. Another thing students have in common is a “shared desire to excel in classes,” and the “school spirit … bonds people” into a “tight-knit community” on campus. Students here are grateful that their peers are “unique in their passions and supportive of each other’s endeavors” and that they “treat one another with a lot of respect.”

Campus Life

The University of the South “facilitates the idea of [being] a Spartan: fit in both mind and body,” a student shares. This is appropriate given the boundless outdoor activities the school’s forested campus provides. The student body loves to rock climb, sunbathe, hike, swim, and mountain bike. Making the most of campus is a necessity as the school “is pretty isolated—Nashville is [an] hour away.” When they’re not outdoors, the library is the go-to spot for students “studying or catching up with friends.” And although students “revolve their schedules around school work,” weekends are generally occupied with “sporting events and parties.” Greek life “serves as the central social network” of the school, although “it isn’t the stereotypical Greek life where everyone must fit a cookie-cutter mold.” Members proudly note that frats and sororities are welcoming and diverse: “parties are open to all students, making the environment very friendly.” That said, students are divided on the issue of drinking and pledging, with some feeling that it is difficult to build a social life without joining Greek life, and others suggesting that there is “a large group of students who do not drink” to help provide alternatives. The popular Sewanee Outing Program leads trips on afternoons and weekends, and “for spring break, they’re kayaking the Amazon river,” says one excited student. For those more culturally inclined, options include “open mic nights, cinema guild, theatre, stand-up comedy, … academic lectures, poetry readings, [and] creative writing workshops.”

Overview

Applicants
3,465
Acceptance Rate
65%

SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
610 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 690
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — January 15

Early Action — December 1

Regular — February 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Recommendation(s)

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9.6:1
Total Faculty
237
with Terminal Degree
206

125
Men
112
Women
33
Minority
11
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
78%
Graduate in 5 years
83%
Graduate in 6 years
84%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

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

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Finance, General.

  • 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.
  • 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/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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
78%
Graduate in 5 years
83%
Graduate in 6 years
84%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Dec 1
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,262

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,514

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,340

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
43%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,976

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$26,866

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$6,392
Transportation for Commuters
$400

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,698
Foreign Countries Represented
22

Demographics

1.73%
Asian
4.66%
African-American
5.43%
Hispanic
81.25%
Caucasian
3.46%
International

51% female
49% male
78% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
99%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

comprehensive psychoed/neuropsych eval

Documentation Required for ADHD

comprehensive psychoed/neuropsyc eval with CPT

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
2

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
2

Reading machine
2

Other assistive technology
2

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
90
Number of Honor Societies
10

Number of Social Sororities
9
Number of Religious Organizations
6

56% join a fraternity
64% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

30% 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


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.

81/99
AASHE STARS® rating
SILVER

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2019.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

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 acre campus
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: 10:30am-12:30pm
800-522-2234

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: MWF 9 am & 2 pm; TTh 8:30am & 2 pm; some Sat 10:30 am
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
MWF 9 am & 2 pm; TTh 8:30 am & 2 pm; some Sat 10:30 am

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

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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