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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    C
735 University Avenue
Sewanee, TN 37383
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern Athletic Association
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, 49 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
65%
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
$34,564/ 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
$26,355/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
92%

Academics

Professors
A
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

Environment & Sustainability

By studying environment and sustainability at Sewanee, you'll be prepared to address complex environmental issues from a variety of perspectives. Your understanding today will prepare you to protect tomorrow. Because all environmental systems are connected, environmental issues cannot be studied in isolation. Policy, science, and economics are all involved. Learn more below.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,678Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
20
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
29%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 14 responses
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  • Outdoorsy, work hard, play hard
    36%
  • Work hard, play hard, but actually unlike the rest
    36%
  • Work hard, play hard, you are part of a community
    29%

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
    84%
    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

    Sewanee - The University of the South Reviews

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    My studies at Sewanee were very similar to jumping into a cool, mountain lake on a hot day. Before arriving on the Mountain I had never been surrounded by so many people excited to learn and encouraged to pursue their passions. My high-school was not very challenging, yet I still had plenty of support (especially the Writing Center!) in order to easily transition to the high level of academic rigor. Careeer Services is world-class and was able to help me set up a meaningful internship every summer. A professor received a grant to do research abroad one summer, and brought me along; today my work is still intricately tied to that fateful trip. Even after graduating I received a grant to support an internship. Since leaving the Mountain, I am continually amazed at the support of Sewanee Alumni communities. It certainly has had, and I am sure will continue to have diversity, inclusion, and equity issues, but it appears the University is truly taking strides to improve in these areas.
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    We had to move to online classes for the second half of the Spring semester this last school year due to COVID-19. Most professors had a similar way of handling online classes, with optional zoom office hours available multiple times a week, utilization of google docs and blackboard for sharing assignments, grades, and feedback, and regularly reaching out to students through email. My experience with online schooling at Sewanee was a good one, and though I obviously would have preferred to be on campus, the school did a really great job of finding ways to offer all their regular resources (writing and speaking center, tutoring, mental health resources, and so on) through the internet.
    Sewanee is a very peculiar experience where only a certain kind of students fit the bill. And if you are somehow not that kind of student then the experience will be quite alienating. However, the professors are passionate about their field and will inspire you to lead a life of learning. Nonetheless, the party scene can become toxic after a while and although efforts are being made, diversity is obscenely low. It is located in a very remote are where even grocery shopping is a difficult endeavor let alone travelling elsewhere for the holidays. Transportation costs to airports alone are atleast $40.