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Sewanee-The University of the South
Sewanee-The University of the South 735 University Avenue Sewanee, TN 37383 Phone: (931) 598-1000
  • General Information
    About Sewanee-The University of the South

    Academic Mission Sewanee educates men and women for an ever-changing world by developing their general intellectual capacities, especially the capacity to continue learning. Immersed in a myriad of glorious details - sonnets and sonatas, experiments and graphical representations, primary sources and historical narratives, grammatical declensions and ephemeral forest ponds - students explore who they are and who they wish to become while expanding their abilities to question, reason, understand, and explain. The details of their studies demand great patience, and the details do matter, but primarily as the vehicles of the learner's journey. Led by faculty who already know the path well and who want to share the joy of discovery, students begin to read carefully and with new insight, to analyze arguments and evaluate theories, and to write and speak with clarity, precision, and style. While the Mountain's ancient splendor quietly informs all academic pursuits at Sewanee, scientific studies of the environment and the natural world gain special pertinence in this setting. Students at Sewanee also look far beyond the Mountain. They study a foreign or classical language, entering another cultural world in the process; they explore the human past and the politics and economies of contemporary human societies; they scrutinize the aesthetic and cultural legacies of human civilizations including literary and religious texts and traditions. Some act, sing, paint, write poetry, or play musical instruments; some conduct laboratory experiments or collect data from systematic observations. Not merely by their absorbing facts and figures, then, but primarily through the guided discipline of their own research, writing, creating, and performing, Sewanee students participate actively in the production of art and knowledge and so doing, gain abilities and attributes that will serve them well regardless of where their journeys take them. At Sewanee, we believe that rigorous study in the liberal arts offers students the best preparation for a life of leadership, service, and learning.


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Private not-for-profit
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • Study abroad
    Student Services
    • Academic/career counseling service
    • Employment services for students
    • Placement services for completers
    • On-campus day care for students' children
    Credit Accepted
    • Advanced placement (AP) credits
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.
    Religious Affiliation
    • Protestant Episcopal
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Postbaccalaureate certificate
    • Master's degree
    • Post-master's certificate
    Campus Setting
    • Rural: Distant
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 2,481
    Percent Admitted 68%
    Men Admitted 64%
    Women Admitted 72%
    Full Time Retention Rate 90%
  • Submitted ACT & SAT Scores

    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Critical Reading 568 680
      Math 580 680
    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Composite 26 30
      English 26 32
      Math 24 29
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 1,787
    Native American 15.0
    Asian 44.0
    African American 77.0
    Hispanic 42.0
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 1,401
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 66

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