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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    C+
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern Athletic Association
Address
735 University Avenue
Sewanee, TN 37383
From Sewanee - The University of the South

The University of the South, familiarly known as Sewanee, was founded in 1857 and comprises a nationally recognized College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a distinguished School of Theology, and a School of Letters. Located on Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau on 13,000 acres used both as outdoor laboratory and for recreation, Sewanee enrolls 1,700 undergraduates. The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community. The result of such individualized education is clear: Sewanee has produced 26 Rhodes Scholars, 47 Watson Fellows, and dozens of Fulbright Scholars.

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Sewanee - The University of the South Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
February 1
Acceptance Rate
47%
SAT Range
1140-1320
ACT Range
26-30
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$34,001/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$23,449/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
90%

Academics

Professors
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Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
94%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.32 responses
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.34 responses
38%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.34 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,687Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
15
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
27%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 15 responses
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  • Outdoorsy, work hard, play hard
    33%
  • Work hard, play hard, but actually unlike the rest
    33%
  • Work hard, play hard, you are part of a community
    27%
  • Stressed
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
69%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.35 responses
Poll
79%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.39 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Beautiful
    50%
  • Community-based
    33%
  • Amazing
    11%
  • Strict
    6%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $45,500/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    77%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    93%
    National
    83%
    89%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.19 responses
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    My son is a freshman and is truly enjoying Sewanee! He wanted to attend a small school where his professors would know his name, and so far, this has been the case. His teachers are very engaged and want to help him be successful. The campus is very pretty with many scenic views and historic stone buildings. The cafeteria offers lots of dining choices. It’s so much better than I expected.

    My only complaint so far is housing. The dorms are some of the WORST I have seen. My son is sharing a TINY, run down, unairconditioned room with 2 roommates. No AC in the south!! I can’t believe it! All the electrical outlets in his room need to be replaced. He has to tape his fan, TV, frig… into the outlet so that it stays connected. Otherwise, the plug falls from the wall. I think this is a fire hazard. I expected more for $40K. Sadly, the town is so remote, students are forced to live on campus. The school needs to spend some money on housing!
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    I am in love with this school. Sewanee has a strong academically focused culture with a small class size and many fun opportunities. Because it is so small I am able to easily become close to my teachers and peers. With the breathtaking architecture of the buildings and the beautiful scenery that comes with living on top of a mountain, attending class feels like a dream. I am able to meet people from all over the world and learn from all different cultures and opinions. I will never stop appreciating the history behind each building, and finding out new things everyday. Even while focusing on my academics I am able to keep up with my religious practices because of the beautiful chapel service held every Sunday. I will forever believe that Sewanee is the most underrated school in America.
    The university grounds are always kept incredibly pristine. The building's collegiate gothic architectural style is beautiful and well maintained. The food there was wonderful, the campus cafeteria put meticulous effort into preparing each meal. The academic side of university of the south is where they excel. The former graduates of the university are well educated and prepared for their career field. The athletics are less than satisfactory however; because the university is so goal oriented towards educating students. Partying at the university is not great because the students are less focused on social affairs. Overall The University of the South is a perfect place to go to college if your goal and life are built around education. I personally love this school, but if you are the sort of person who enjoys less of the scholar side I would not recommend it to you.