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Prospective Students

Sewanee: The University of the South is a national liberal arts university with an outstanding undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences, a respected graduate School of Theology of the Episcopal Church, and an innovative summer Master’s Degree program in English and Creative Writing through the School of Letters.

A Sewanee education combines serious intellectual pursuit, collaborative learning, community outreach, and spiritual growth in an unparalleled outdoor setting that inspires reflection and personal development.

At Sewanee…

You’ll learn to write—an indispensable skill in any field.
  • Writing is emphasized throughout the curriculum.
  • Undergraduates may attend readings and lectures at the renowned Sewanee Writers’ Conference.
  • You’ll write within a culture that produces the Sewanee Review, the nation’s oldest continuously published literary quarterly.
You’ll grow personally and professionally with ventures out into the world.
  • About 45 percent of students study or travel abroad and share their experiences on campus.
  • More than 12,000 alumni—from all 50 states and 40 countries—make themselves available to students, offering advice and job prospects.
  • The University funds more than 120 internships each year.
Your consciousness and convictions will be honed.
  • Students administer a 100-year-old honor system.
  • Students give of their time and talents to serve our community.
  • Affiliated with the Episcopal Church, Sewanee welcomes all faith traditions and encourages discussion of ethical questions in class.
You’ll learn among peers who will inspire your own achievement.
  • Sewanee students are more likely than those at comparable institutions to contribute to class discussions (From the National Survey of Student Engagement).
  • Sewanee is among an exclusive group of colleges with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate academic honor society.
  • Sewanee has sent 25 Rhodes Scholars to Oxford—a record exceeded by only 15 other institutions.
  • About 55 percent of Sewanee graduates go on to earn advanced degrees.
You’ll be prepared to achieve your life and career goals.

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Everything you need to Visit Sewanee


Sewanee is in the heart of the Southeast, with easy access to Chattanooga (35 miles away), Nashville (93 miles), Atlanta (160 miles), Knoxville (160 miles), and Birmingham (175 miles).

Academic Programs


  • 1,478 Undergraduate Students
  • 51% Female; 49% Male
  • From 40 states and 23 foreign countries
  • 96% of Sewanee undergraduates live on campus

The Domain

The University sits atop the Cumberland Plateau, between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sewanee’s 13,000-acre campus—affectionately called the Domain—features forests, meadows, lakes, caves, more than 50 miles of trails, and 15 miles of rock outcroppings for students to explore.

Financial Aid

Sewanee provides more than $19 million in institutional aid each year. In 2010, 79 percent of entering freshmen received aid from Sewanee, with half of freshmen receiving need-based aid. In the 2010–2011 academic year, 73 percent of University students received some form of aid, including University aid, scholarships, and other aid from all sources.

Estimated Annual Cost (2013-14)

Tuition $35,484
Fees $272
Room and Board $10,214
Total Direct/Billed Expenses $45,970
Books and personal expenses ~$1,800
Travel* ~$400
Total Cost of Attendance $48,170

* Travel reported here is based on a Tennessee resident. Travel estimates range from $400 to $1,200 depending on the student’s state of residence.

Admission Deadlines

  • Early decision: November 15
  • Merit-based scholarship: December 1
  • Early decision II: January 2
  • Regular decision: February 1
  • Transfer admission: April 1 for fall semester, December 1 for spring semester
  • Need-based financial aid forms: March 1


To truly experience all that Sewanee has to offer, prospective students should plan for a half-day campus visit. Find out more about a campus visit or call the Office of Admission at 800.522.2234 or 931.598.1238 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central time.

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Sewanee: The University of the South735 University Ave, Sewanee, TN 37383931.598.100035.204826-85.921674