Mar. 2 – 3, 2014
Benedict Scholars and Wilkins Scholars only
From the moment you meet your environmental-studies-and-English-studying/a-cappella-singing/firefighting/round-the-world-adventure-planning overnight host to the time you meet your New-York-Times-best-selling/National-Academies-Book-Award-winning/Rhodes-Scholar-mentoring professor, you’ll know that all of this could be yours. This is Sewanee Scholars Weekend.
March 31, 2014
Quintard, Fairbanks, Otey Awards recipients only
University motto: Ecce quam bonum et quam iucundum habitare fratres in unum, or—for non-Latin speakers—Behold how good and how pleasant it is when brothers and sisters dwell together in unity. The part we say most often: Ecce quam bonum, or Behold how good. After you’ve taken a tour, attended a class, sat in on information sessions and had lunch with Vice-Chancellor John McCardell at EQB Awards Day, you’ll see just how good it is to be right here.
April 7, 2014
All admitted students
Have you ever been on the Mountain on a Monday? Even if you have, you’ve never been here on a Monday doing all this stuff: information sessions, tours, panels, class visits, faculty meetings. It’s a whole day specially designed for our admitted students: you and your future Smith Hall roommate; you and your future philosophy advisor; you and your future tennis partner; you and your future pet deer. By the time Monday’s over, you’ll be ready for Mountain Tuesday, Mountain Wednesday…
April 13 – 14, 2014
All admitted students
Just “doing” isn’t enough. Knowing “why” you’re “doing” is important. Doing and knowing why—that’s having an experience. Don’t just do an overnight in a dorm with your future classmate/teammate/best friend. Have meaningful conversations with the deans who oversee a residential program that brings the whole community together to make you feel right at home. Don’t just do Professor Perry’s “Revolution and Evolution” class. Learn a lesson about the University’s founding from Vice-Chancellor and American history scholar John McCardell. Don’t just do part of the Perimeter Trail. Hike it at night with a man who could go the whole P Trail with his eyes closed, Sewanee Outing Program Director John Benson. This is Experience Sewanee. At the end of it, you’ll know what to do and why.
In the sciences? Figure out how to synthesize rather than extract. In the humanities? Find the connection between real-life culture and fiction. Sewanee students work on cutting edge projects that span the disciplines.
Go for a summer, a semester, or an entire year on any one (or two, or three, or four…) of the 400 programs Sewanee gives you access to. Just don’t stay gone too long. We’ll miss you.
Take a class that takes you out of the classroom and puts you into a community that needs your help. In art, education, history, psychology, and many other departments, you’ll be able to integrate helping outside the classroom with learning inside of it.
Whether it’s graduate school you’re aiming for or a career you want to break into straightaway, the Office of Career and Leadership Development is here to assist you from the very beginning. Not very beginning as in beginning of senior year. Very beginning as in at the start of freshman orientation.
And from the very beginning, the Career and Leadership Development staff will encourage you to look into summer internships. Then, they’ll tell you all about how they provide nearly $400,000 to Sewanee students pursuing unpaid internships each summer. Right now, you should review the Career and Leadership Development website and read student-written reports on Sewanee-supported internship experiences.
COMING SOON Here, meet two Sewanee alumni: Lawyer and sci-fi novelist Kirk Battle, C’05, and Duke professor and immunotherapy researcher Amy Hobeika, C’03:
Got questions for alumni? Ask them.
A few years ago, we reduced tuition by 10 percent. Seriously. At $47,700 per year for tuition, room, and board, Sewanee’s annual cost of attendance is competitive among private national liberal arts colleges. It’s even more impressive if you consider what tuition might have been without the 2011 price cut: $52,470.
You will pay for four years of college. Not one. We’re dedicated to helping you know for certain just how much a Sewanee education will cost, in full. This year—for the third year in a row—we will guarantee tuition to incoming freshmen. If you graduate in four years, your tuition, room, and board will never increase. Unless your family income changes (which could affect the amount of financial aid you receive), you’ll know how much four years will cost even before your first year starts.
If you’ll need assistance paying for Sewanee, you’ll want to apply for need-based financial aid. If you qualify for assistance, you’ll get a “package.” Here are a few things that might be included.
Your information comes first
We need to know about your family finances, so we can consider you for all of our financial aid options. The FAFSA and the Sewanee Financial Aid Application allow you to submit the information we need. Submit your information by March 1, and you’ll be eligible for priority consideration for financial aid. Submitting by March 1 not only ensures that you receive your financial aid package as early as possible but also that your package is created while all of our resources are still available.
After that, we give your academic performance another look
The level of your academic performance in secondary school—as it compares with the performance of other admitted students—will be considered when determining your financial aid package.
Next, we add our aid
In 2012–2013, we awarded aid to over 72 percent of our entering freshmen. And we’re talking really good aid:
We met 83%–100% of demonstrated need for 90% of our aid applicants. For 53% of them, we met 100% of demonstrated need.
Before we offered loans, we offered as much gift aid as possible. That’s why the average loan offered to a freshman was $4,053.
Students who received only scholarships benefited from considerable savings. The average scholarship-only award was $11,790. Over four years, that’s $47,160. And because their cost of attendance is guaranteed for four years, their valuable scholarship award will never become less valuable because of tuition increases.
Finally, your package arrives in your mailbox
The first packages leave our office mid-March. Remember, the sooner you complete the need-based financial aid application process, the sooner we can mail you your package. If you would like to get an idea of what your package might look like, use our net-price calculator.
What's it like to go here? Ask these current students.
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Secondary School: Williston Northampton School
Activities: track (javelin), Order of Gownsmen (secretary), dorm staff (assistant proctor, proctor).
“I like Wes Anderson, sitting around bonfires, and reading in my hammock around campus. Like so many people at Sewanee, I try to hike whenever I can, and I was lucky enough to go on the Sewanee Outing Program’s Appalachian Trail hike during the fall of my sophomore year.”
Hometown: Norcross, Ga.
Secondary School: Wesleyan School
Activities: Arcadian (tour guide), men’s bible study, community service, lacrosse
“I love community service and have greatly enjoyed partaking in Big People for Little People and in tutoring local elementary students.”
Hometown: Ooltewah, Tenn.
Secondary School: Ooltewah High School
Activities: Environmental resident, Greek life (sorority president), pre-orientation canoe staff leader
“I am a student researcher for the biology department in which I am researching cancer cells and metastatic associated proteins. When I’m not in the lab, I love cooking, camping, and enjoying sunny days.”
Hometown: Sharpsburg, Ga.
Secondary School: The Heritage School
Major: Art history
Activities: Sewanee Outing Program, Perpetual Motion (dance)
“My classes keep me pretty busy, but, when I’m not studying, I enjoy spending time outdoors, playing piano, and reading good books.”
Hometown: Spartanburg, S.C.
Secondary School: Escuela Americana De El Salvador
Activities: Sacristan, dorm staff (proctor), Greek life (vice-president of community for service in the sorority), community service
“I spent my high school years in San Salvador, El Salvador. I have been on several outreach trips sponsored by the University, including trips to Ecuador, New Orleans, and New York City.”
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.
Major: French studies
Minor: music, creative writing (certificate)
Activities: Perpetual Motion (dance), The National Society of Leadership and Success, Greek life
“My favorite place on campus is the Memorial Cross; whenever I go there I am constantly reminded of how beautiful and vast Sewanee is and what a wonderful community I am so lucky to belong to. I love to share my Sewanee stories, so do not hesitate to contact me.”
Hometown: Hickory, N.C.
Secondary School: Hickory High School
Activities: Study abroad (England), dorm staff (proctor), Greek life
“One of my favorite parts about Sewanee is the sense of community, not just with your class mates, but with your professors as well.”
Hometown: Salisbury, N.C.
Major: International and global studies
Activities: Greek life, Student Alumni Leadership Council, Arcadian (tour guide and interviewer), study abroad (South Africa)
“As part of my major, I spent the fall semester of 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa studying economic and social development. I love taking runs around the Domain and taking shopping trips to Nashville!”
Hometown: Paris, Tenn.
Secondary School: Henry County High School
Activities: Chemistry club, Students Positively Organized Together (officer), contra club, study abroad (Germany)
“I feel like I found my place when I joined the chemistry department. I have done inorganic chemistry research in Dr. Rob Bachman’s lab since the second semester of my freshman year, and it has not only taught me much about chemistry but also opened up so many opportunities for work in chemistry outside of Sewanee.”
Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.
Secondary School: Houston High School
Major: American studies
Activities: Study abroad (Europe), Student Disciplinary Committee, Student Alumni Leadership Committee, soccer
“I studied abroad the fall semester of my junior year as a member of Sewanee’s European Studies program and absolutely loved it!”
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Secondary School: Charlotte Latin School
Minor: Education, relgion
Activities: tutoring, mentoring, field hockey, outreach
“Outside of academics, my largest commitment is to the varsity field hockey team, which has provided a great environment for both activity and friendship. I also enjoying running the trails and working (or chatting) at Stirling’s.”
Hometown: Hilton Head, S.C.
Secondary School: Hilton Head Preparatory School
Major: Art history
Activities: cheerleading, dorm staff (assistant proctor and proctor), study abroad (England)
“I studied abroad at Oxford through our British Studies program where I was able to form new friendships while exploring the city. In my free time, I love to read, cook, and run or hike some of Sewanee’s many trails.”
Hometown: Sewanee, Tenn.
Secondary School: Girls Preparatory School
Major: English, art history
Activities: Writing Center tutor, sacristan, equestrian, Order of Gownsmen
“I love wearing the gown my father, uncle, and then father again (as a professor) wore to class everyday!”
Hometown: Winchester, Tenn.
Secondary School: Franklin County High School
Minor: Women’s and gender studies, religion
Activities: Sewanee Purple (newspaper), dorm staff (proctor), Greek life, community service
“I love community service, and Sewanee has so many opportunities for outreach. I also love attending religious services and Women’s Center events.”
Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.
Major: American studies
Minor: film studies, politics
Activities: Dorm staff (assistant proctor and proctor), Sewanee Outing Program
“My favorite color is blue, and I love Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. I have loved every moment at Sewanee and it has been a truly life-enriching experience.”
Hometown: Milton, Ga.
Secondary School: Mount Pisgah Christian High School
Major: International and global studies
Activities: Study abroad, internships, Arcadian (interviewer)
“With the help of our Office of Career and Leadership Development, I took an internship with the Boston Red Sox minor league team in Portland, Me. for the summer of 2013. I plan to go into sports marketing after graduation.”
Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.
Secondary School: Altamont School
Major: Natural resources (pre-med)
Activities: Sewanee Outing Program, men’s Bible study, community service, soccer
“Sewanee has allowed me to participate in multiple community service events, including volunteering at medical clinics in rural Tennessee and traveling to Haiti to help rebuild the environment. I love the outdoors, especially whitewater kayaking and fly-fishing.”
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
Secondary School: St. Christopher’s School
Minor: History and international and global studies
Activities: Arcadian (interviewer), Greek life, intramural soccer and football
“I have had a great experience at Sewanee thus far and hope I can help you learn more about this great university.”
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Secondary School: Western Reserve Academy
Major: International and global studies
Activities: Community service, study abroad (Europe), lacrosse
“The opportunities I have had here at Sewanee have led to positive involvement on campus and the chance to try things I probably never would have elsewhere. I’ve been involved in community outreach projects such as helping at the town farmer’s market and helping with the upkeep of the local baseball field.”
Hometown: New Orleans, La.
Secondary School: McGehee School
Major: Environmental studies (ecology and biodiversity)
Minor: French studies
Activities: Bonner leader (community service), study abroad (Geneva, Switzerland), Arcadian (tour guide and interviewer)
“During the fall of my junior year I traveled to Geneva, Switzerland for a semester where I lived with a home-stay and studied global health.”
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Secondary School: East Literature Magnet School
Major: International and Global Studies
Activities: Club crew, club tennis, Student Government Association, Pre-Orientation staff
"Whenever I come back from a break, I go to Green's View to take in the view. That's one of my traditions."
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya
Activities: Arcadian Program (Admission) Co-Director, Alpha Phi Omega (service fraternity), Swahili table
"Often, you can find me enjoying a cup of tea at Stirling's, my favorite place on campus, talking to anybody I can... including strangers!"
Hometown: Athens, Ga.
Secondary School: Oconee County High School
Activities: Soccer, student government, Arcadian (interviewer)
“One of the best memories I have is when I finally completed the Perimeter Trail with three of my best friends. Somehow we timed it so that the sun was setting just as we were reaching our ending point at Morgan’s Steep. Few sunsets have made such an impression me as that one.”
What's it like to have gone here? Ask these alumni.
Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
“Sewanee provided me with the foundation to be able to think critically about educational issues.”
Co-Founder of RFI (Resilient Families Institute), a company dedicated to helping build the next generation of strong, healthy families through weekend retreats, single day events, family races, speaking engagements, take-home curriculums, and family activity books.
Major: Natural Resources
“Regardless of your major, Sewanee teaches you how to communicate what you know and why you know it--a skill that any employer will value and appreciate. In addition to this wonderfully valuably skill set, Sewanee taught me to constantly question my surroundings. Not in a hypercritical sense, but to make sure I am considering a situation from every possible angle. In working with families all over the world, I have to constantly put myself in other peoples shoes and think about the unique situations that they deal with on a day to day basis. I can confidently say that I would not be able to do that as well as I do had it not been for my time on the mountain. Perhaps most valuable of all, Sewanee forces you to become an active and contributing member of the community you are in. Wherever I go, and whatever I do in my career, I will always find ways to be engaged in the community around me.”
Majors: Computer Science and Russian
“At Campus Bellhops I am constantly using what I learned in my computer science courses to develop new software that helps move the company forward.”
Major: Political Science
“An Education minor accompanied with the opportunity to hold multiple leadership positions during my years as a student at Sewanee gave me the skills and foundation I needed to work at a leading independent school.”
“The most beneficial aspect of my Sewanee education has been the ability to communicate clearly and effectively through conversation and writing. All of my classes refined both of these skills on a daily basis.”
Attorney at Law
Office of William T Fitzgerald, PC
Minor: Political Science
“Sewanee provided me with a strong ability to interact with a wide range of people. This ability has allowed me to be better at communicating with clients then if I did not learn this at Sewanee. My time at Sewanee forged many friendships that have helped me to establish a client base and my friends have aided me whenever I have asked. Finally the interaction with faculty at Sewanee along with parents and students helped me to become more adept at a wide range of social events, from charities to galas.”
Freelance Writer and Editor
Major: American Studies
“The intensity of the writing required at Sewanee paired with the high expectations for the writing on the part of the professors in every department honed my writing skills as well as drove me to do my very best and revise revise revise! The analysis of materials and the insight required to do well on papers and in discussions at Sewanee also contributed to my ability to write and communicate as effectively as possible and in a way that says something new and interesting. The high expectations in general of my professors proved a very good training ground for freelance work. I've found that there are plenty of professionals who really don't push themselves to do their best and so when I deliver a polished product with few mistakes that shows a high level of expertise, clients are frankly surprised and delighted.”
Middle School Principal
Majors: Political Science
“There is no doubt in my mind that the education I received at Sewanee was as good as any university in the country. As a life long educator, my experience at Sewanee gave me the leadership skills and initiative to guide teachers, staff members, and students at the school where I am principal. Sewanee is indeed a special place, and I consider myself most fortunate to have been a part of the ‘Sewanee Experience’ as an undergraduate student.”
Attorney at Law
Vulcan Materials Company
“The skills I learned at Sewanee -- by studying a broad range of subjects in many different disciplines -- were to be able to analyze, make value judgments, communicate effectively, and write clearly and concisely. I use these skills every day as a lawyer.”
ORISE Contract Researcher
EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA)
Major: Environmental Studies: Ecology and Biodiversity and Psychology
“The pertinent skills and experiences I took from Sewanee were acquired as much out of the classroom as inside. My experience in Environmental Studies led me to pursue a research position at the EPA, but my project is focused on the socioeconomic issue of environmental justice, or how certain populations are disproportionately affected by pollution and environmental policy. I was first exposed to this issue in ES classes and gained a broader understanding of it working through the Outreach Office in the communities surrounding Sewanee. This position requires me to manage a large research project, present at conferences, and produce publishable papers; all are skills I would not have without my independent study projects with Dr. Kirk Zigler in the biology department and neuroscience professor Dr. Jessica Siegel. Finally, Sewanee makes it very easy to develop leadership and organizational skills. By working on the Sewanee Angel Team, heading programs in the Outreach Office and being an officer in my sorority, I learned the managerial skills I need today to plan meetings and work with others on multiple projects.”
Richard Gilder Graduate School, American Museum of Natural History
Assistant Director of Admission, Humanities Teacher, Baseball Coach
Major: US History
“My position as a faculty member at Asheville School consists of three major roles: admissions, teaching, and coaching. Each one of these roles is directly rooted and attributed to my experience at Sewanee. Only at Sewanee could I have been given three key opportunities that would uncover my future path. First, learning about the admission profession due to my internship in Sewanee's Office of Admission. Second, developing into a passionate and driven teacher due to accessibility of my professors and the rigor of my courses. And third, understanding that teamwork, devotion, and pride are lifelong lessons, discovered and fine-tuned on the athletic fields of The University of the South. I have Sewanee to thank, not only for incredibly fond memories, but for a fulfilled and passionate professional life.”
The Rockefeller University
Major: Environmental Studies: Ecology and Biodiversity
“Sewanee's biology program gave me an excellent foundation for graduate work in the biological sciences. The bioinformatics I learned in the Sewanee Landscape Analysis Lab and GIS courses have been invaluable tools in conducting cutting edge research- even though I now work more with genes and neurons than ecosystems. And of course Sewanee's liberal arts education has helped me to be a better leader in, communicator of, and ambassador for science.”
UBS Financial Services
“Simply put, Sewanee taught me how to think critically and deal not just with the superficial and easily observable elements of a situation, but with its essence. In providing investment advice to individuals, families and institutions, this single factor has been pivotal in helping me eliminate life's 'background noise' to arrive at solutions that clearly address the specific circumstances of each client. Sewanee also drove me to embrace the power of lifelong learning and intellectual growth long before the digital age made it possible. YSR!”
Professor of English Literature
“I use it everyday, as a basis for a deep understanding of English literature and culture, the subjects I teach. I also use my German and French, the study of which I undertook at Sewanee.”
Major: Political Science
“As a teacher I am constantly asked to think critically, work with people from all backgrounds, and stay organized. These skills were ones I most certainly learned at Sewanee both in and out of the classroom. The ability to see the big picture that was fostered at Sewanee also serves me each day as I work to make learning both fun and meaningful while also helping my school grow as an institution. Finally, the caring and thoughtful example set by my professors at Sewanee inspires me every day. I remember how they helped me grow, pushed me, and made me feel and I take those lessons with me into my classes so that my own student can have a similar experience.”
Clinical Social Work Intern
Johns Hopkins University Hospital
“As a Masters student, I use skills from Sewanee everyday. I doubt I would have come this far in my academic career without the critical thinking and deductive reasoning skills that I learned during my time at Sewanee. In my internship, I am constantly being challenged. Sewanee helped me to prepare for the challenges and helped me to foster time management skills-which are extremely useful in the hospital setting! As a student athlete, at Sewanee, I quickly learned to prioritize my time and this is a skill that has remained with me. I know that my experiences at Sewanee helped to prepare me for competitive professional and academic careers.”
Brennan And Wasden, LLC
Majors: Political Science and Economics
The Lovett School
Major: American Studies
“As an educator, I often look back at my time at Sewanee with fond affection for the many life lessons that I learned. From the passionate professors and their memorable classes, to the quiet times of reflections while looking out over a scenic view, Sewanee was the perfect place for me to challenge and find myself. Many of the lessons I learned directly transfer to how I teach now – fostering personal relationships with my students so that I can create opportunities for students to be successful, taking calculated risks while thriving on failing forward, and following your passion. Academically, Sewanee taught/proved to me that being a skeptic learner allowed me to question information presented to me, seek out more information, and create my own opinion based on data not emotion. To this end, I impart this learning paradigm to my students so that they can utilize this valuable learning/thinking model from a much earlier age. Without a doubt, Sewanee is the leading reason why I have been so successful in my career.
Think about coming to the Mountain three days early for pre-orientation. Pre-orientation, or “Pre” for short, is the Sewanee Outing Program’s introduction to life on the Domain. Hike, swim, rock climb, canoe, and a whole lot more. Registration for PRE opens on May 1.
Read up on Finding Your Place and decide whether or not you want to participate. Registration opens on May 1.
Get to work getting to know the Office of Career and Leadership Development. Before you know it, you'll want a summer internship.
PRE Registration: You want to get in on the ultimate outdoorsy introduction to the Domain, brought to you by the Sewanee Outing Program. Registration opens on May 1.
Finding Your Place Registration: You want to be among the 130 students taking one of the most innovative courses offered at any college anywhere. Registration opens on May 1.
Orientation schedule: You want to know when to arrive and how long your parents should stay. Look for the Orientation schedule on May 1.
Class registration: You want to take this and that and all of those. Go ahead and review the courses we offer, so that you can talk about your options with your academic advisor when you arrive on campus. You will not register for classes until Orientation. Don’t worry; your professors will understand if you don’t have your books on the very first day of class.
Dorm and roommate assignment: We’ve got 18 dorms, and you want to know which one you’ll call “home” during your freshman year. We’ve got 470 students, and you want to know which one you’ll call “roomie.” Look for your dorm and roommate assignment in late July.
Buying your dorm stuff: We know you want to go shopping right now, but you won’t know about your dorm assignment until late July. Here’s our advice: Make a list of possibilities for your dorm room and make August the month for buying. That way you and your roomie can talk about your new residence first.
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Coming in April
Central Campus: 931.598.1000
Ask for any specific office or department
Deferring enrollment (gap year): 931.598.1535
Residential Life: 931.598.1446
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Policies:
Alumni Office: 931.598.1779
Book and Supply Store: 931.598.1153
Campus Activities: 931.598.1419
Career and Leadership Development: 931.598.1121
Counseling Services: 931.598.1325
Dean of the College: 931.598.1248
Dean of Students: 931.598.1229
Health Services: 931.598.1270