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It's not just about what you major in. It's about how you make the most of your major. Add something.

Add research

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.

Add study away

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.

Add Community Engaged Learning

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.

"It begins for freshmen two weeks before classes start… but faculty members who teach the new first-year program at Sewanee call it the 'anti-first-year program."'
Inside Higher Ed praisesFinding Your Place


You just got in and you’re already thinking about what you’ll do when you get out. That’s smart. We’re thinking about it too.

Career and Leadership Development

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.

Career and Leadership Development also works with our students after graduation to see how they're faring in the "real world." Here's what they know about the Class of 2014:

99% of graduates are employed or in graduate/professional school within 7 months of graduation
67% are employed
6% are in an internship program
1% are both working and in graduate or professional school
21% are in graduate or professional school (20 of the 58 or 35% received full or partial assistance in funding for their programs)
4% received fellowships (Watson or Fulbright)
1% reported to us that they are still looking

79% of graduates of the Class of 2014 reported their outcomes.

Play with our dynamic Outcomes Infographic connect Sewanee’s majors to the careers they might prepare you for.


Amy Hobeika, PhD., C'92

Kirk Battle, C'05

Smith McAulay, C'02

Got questions for alumni? Ask them.

"Sewanee earns its place among the finest liberal arts colleges in the country and among the most profound intellectual experiences to be found."
The Alumni Factor

gives Sewanee high marks


Because we believe that every student who wants a Sewanee education should be able to afford one, we’ve worked hard to make the University of the South as accessible as possible.


Start with a lower cost

A few years ago, we reduced tuition by 10 percent. Seriously. At $49,750 per year for tuition, room, and board, Sewanee’s annual cost of attendance is competitive among private national liberal arts colleges.

Then guarantee tuition for four years

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.

Financial Aid

The whole package

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.”

How the package happens

Your information comes first
We need to know about your family finances, so we can consider you for all of our financial aid options. Submit your information by Feb. 1, and you’ll be eligible for priority consideration for financial aid. Submitting by Feb. 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

Information for 2013–2014 coming soon.
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.

Don’t step on the seal. Pledge your tests. And, for heaven’s sake, pick up (and drop off) your angel.Your Traditions


Things you don’t have to wait for:

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.

Study your terms and your traditions. Start talking and acting like you go here even before you arrive.

Get to work getting to know the Office of Career and Leadership Development. Before you know it, you'll want a summer internship.

Things you’ll have to wait for:

Finding Your Place (FYP) Registration or PRE Registration: You want to be among the 130 students taking Finding Your Place, one of the most innovative courses offered at any college anywhere. You want to get in on PRE, the ultimate outdoorsy introduction to the Domain, brought to you by the Sewanee Outing Program. You can't do both, though. Choose one and register for FYP or PRE on May 1.

Orientation schedule: You want to know when to arrive and how long your parents should stay. Look for the Orientation schedule in May.

Class registration: You want to take this and that and all of those. Go ahead and review the courses we offer; you and your Faculty Advising Guide will handcraft a schedule of classes for you during the summer.

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.

You don’t have to wait alone.

Contact information

Website for admitted students:

Website for enrolling (deposited) students:
Coming in April

Central Campus: 931.598.1000
Ask for any specific office or department

Academic Departments:

Admission: 931.598.1238

Deferring enrollment (gap year): 931.598.1535

Orientation: 931.598.1446

Residential Life: 931.598.1446

Financial Aid: 931.598.1312


Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Policies:

Alumni Office: 931.598.1779

Athletics: 931.598.1793

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

Sometimes we wonder if the headless gownsman was a highlander or a wellington; if he read the Sewanee Review and the Purple; if he ever got lost in the fog on his way to the village. Do you wonder all that?Your Terms

Pre-Orientation Programs

Finding Your Place

Register here for FYP.
Registration forms for both FYP and PRE are available on your Applicant Status Page.

Learn more

Nine-day experiential learning program that introduces the Sewanee experience by providing a rigorous program of academic, social, and geographic exploration—with plenty of fun, too.

Participants in FYP explore Sewanee’s central campus, the Domain, and the surrounding communities of the Cumberland Plateau through field trips.

FYP has a semester-long component called “Discovering a Sense of Place—Upon and Beyond the Domain.” Students will continue to meet with their advisors throughout the semester. Students receive elective credit for participation in the FYP program. The course ends in October, opening up students’ schedules to allow for focused study for exams in other courses.

  • Cost: Included in tuition and fees
  • Number of spots available: 150
  • Registration: opens May 4
  • Date of FYP 2015: Aug. 12 – 21
  • Fall athletes (excluding cross country) will be participating in pre-season practice and cannot participate in FYP. Please contact your coach if you have questions.
  • FYP and PRE run cuncurrently. If you participate in FYP, you will not be able to participate in PRE. You may register for only one program on May 1.

Sewanee Outing Program’s PRE

Register here for PRE.
Registration forms for both FYP and PRE are available on your Applicant Status Page.

Learn more

Three-day program that introduces students to the Domain while meeting other freshmen and upperclassmen in an environment that creates trust and establishes new friendships.

Students will participate in four of the following activities: rock climbing, caving, hiking, canoeing, ropes course, community service, and overnight camping trips.

The PRE experience provides students with an introduction to the Domain through the lens of the Sewanee Outing Program. SOP participants and leaders know, cherish, enjoy, and care for our 13,000-acre Domain. Many PRE participants establish a newfound love of the outdoors and participate in tons of trips with the SOP while enjoying the many opportunities for leadership, wilderness medicine, trail maintenance, adventure, challenge, and fun that the SOP offers for the remainder of their time at Sewanee and beyond.

  • Cost: $250 (financial assistance is available)
  • Number of spots available: 250
  • Registration: opens May 4
  • Date of PRE 2015: Aug. 19 – 22
  • Fall athletes (excluding cross country) will be participating in pre-season practice and cannot participate in PRE. Please contact your coach if you have questions.
  • PRE and FYP run cuncurrently. If you participate in PRE, you will not be able to participate in FYP. You may register for only one program on May 1.

What’s it mean to be Right Here?

After 11 days of study followed by a semester-long course and all the good things that come with it, you’ll be years closer to answering that question.

Come to the Mountain 11 days early for a rigorous academic experience that includes field trips to places on and around the Domain. Learn from 12 of the University’s most revered faculty members as they team-teach an interdisciplinary course that just wouldn’t be possible anywhere else on earth. Make friends with 150 other freshmen and your upperclassmen mentors who also happen to be your roommates and dorm mates.

Right here’s the official description:
Discovering a Sense of Place — Upon and Beyond the Domain
This interdisciplinary course invites first-year students to reflect upon several dimensions of their new living environment, both within and beyond the University’s extensive landbase of the Domain — and thereby to enlarge their intellectual and existential understanding of what a “sense of place” might mean in several diverse and ever-widening contexts. Touching eventually on global issues, the inquiry begins with study of the Domain’s natural features in conjunction with its built environment — including its associations with surrounding communities, its stories of settlement past and present, and its agricultural and resource assets.

Click right here to read the Inside Higher Ed story on our revolutionary experience for freshman. Inside Higher Ed calls it the “intentional evolution” of the first-year experience. We call it place-based, interdisciplinary, freshman magic.

Right here is a video featuring Geology Professor Bran Potter and his section of “Discovering a Sense of Place — Upon and Beyond the Domain:”

FYP Lost Cove Hike with Bran Potter from University of the South on Vimeo.

Right here’s a surprise: Finding Your Place is free. Your participation is included in your tuition, room, and board.

Right here’s when registration opens: May 1. While we want everyone to participate in Finding Your Place, space is limited. We can only accommodate 150 students. So don’t dilly-dally; register on May 1.

The Alumni Factor

The Alumni Factor is a ranking system that takes a different approach to evaluating colleges. Instead of relying on inputs—incoming students’ test scores, GPAs, and whatnot—The Alumni Factor uses a Georgia-Tech-approved model to rank 227 of America’s colleges by alumni outcomes. Here’s how we did in a few categories:

Overall: No. 24

College Experience: No. 8

Intellectual Development: No. 1

Social Development: No. 1

Preparation for Career Success: No. 12

Your Traditions

Order of Gownsmen

Since the 1870s, faculty members and students have been sporting the academic gown around campus to signify their membership in the Order of the Gownsmen. Students can first be inducted into the OG after their freshman year if they have achieved a set grade point average. Belonging to the OG offers students many perks such as priority room draw and class registration.

Passing Hello

“The Passing Hello” traces its history back to General Josiah Gorgas, the second Vice Chancellor of the University, who saluted every student he met and lifted his hat in greeting ladies. Now Sewanee students, faculty members, and residents tend to greet one another on the street even if they are complete strangers. You would be hard pressed to make it from your dorm to the dining hall without exchanging at least a few Passing Hellos.

Dress Tradition

You can’t be on campus longer than a few minutes before you notice that Sewanee students are dressed up for class, which is atypical for most American colleges and universities. At Sewanee, students elect to participate in the Class Dress tradition in order to show respect for their professors and the education they are receiving. Class Dress symbolizes that, during your four years at Sewanee, academics are your top priority. Class Dress varies with the seasons but typically men can be seen wearing khakis, a collared shirt or coat and tie; female students typically wear slacks or a skirt and a nice top or a dress. Flip flops, however, are the student body’s footwear of choice.

Honor Code

Upon your matriculation as a student at Sewanee, you will be charged with signing and upholding the Honor Code. Sewanee’s Honor Code has been in existence since the 1870s and has always been maintained and administered by the student body. One especially unique aspect of the Sewanee Honor Code is that it applies to all aspects of student life on campus, not just academics. In signing the Honor Code, you are pledging on your honor not to lie, cheat or steal or more simply put, to live honorably as a part of the Sewanee Community.

Sewanee Angels

In a folk story it is said that the Domain of the University of the South is a place so beautiful angels dwell within its the gates. These angels protect all inhabitants and visitors on the Domain. A Sewanee Angel is more than happy to become your guarding angel and protect you off Domain as well. In order to pick up your angel you must tap the roof of your car as you drive through the gates when departing campus. Upon your return, you tap the roof of your car to release your angel.

University Seal

As an undergraduate, it is considered bad luck to step on the seal of the University of the South that is located inconveniently in the main entryway of All Saints’ Chapel. It is said that students who step on the seal will not graduate within four years. To avoid this end, students go out of their way to avoid the seal even while processing in to the Chapel for Commencement. There is, of course, a way to break the curse, but you will have to come to Sewanee to find out that secret!


Non-need-based scholarships

If you applied as an Early Decision or Early Action applicant, you are being considered for scholarships and will receive notification of your scholarship status shortly after you receive your admission decision. Scholarships are awarded based solely on the competitiveness of your application for admission.

Need-based scholarships

We offer several scholarships that are designated to provide assistance to students who have demonstrated very competitive academic performance in secondary school and qualify for need-based financial aid.


In addition to need-based scholarships, we award Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and State Grants. Like scholarships, grants do not have to be repaid.


We offer hundreds of work-study positions to qualifying students each year. As a work-study, you might help out at the equestrian center, the library, the Office of Admission or nearly any other University department. And you’ll be paid an hourly wage for it.


Many of our packages include loans. If we offer you one, it will be an educational loan with a low interest rate and deferred repayment.

Your Terms


also “Sewanee angel” or “getting your angel”; refers to the practice of touching the roof of the vehicle you are riding in as you leave the gates of the Domain; angels are “put up” (by touching the roof again) when you return to the Domain.

College, the

the undergraduate division of the University; not the same as “the University,” which includes the School of Theology.


post-delirious, transcendent, beatific, euphoric state of seniors in April and May after they have finished their comprehensive examinations; usually indicated by “COMPED SENIOR” written in large white letters across car windows and by festoons of purple and white balloons attached to car antennae; comped seniors may wear the gown, no matter what their previous average.


comprehensive examinations usually given in the spring to all senior majors by their departments; “to comp” is to take one’s comprehensive examinations; “comping” is in the process of taking comps, e.g., “I can’t go out this week, I’m comping.”

Cross, the

the war memorial cross originally erected on the west bluff of the Domain in honor of those Sewanee soldiers who served in the nation’s wars; in the 1980s, its tribute was extended to include all of Franklin County.

Domain, the

the nearly 13,000-acre woodland tract owned by the University; the land of the Domain gives the University one of the largest campuses in the nation, with a total circumference of 23 miles.

Ecce quam bonum

“Behold how good!”; the short form of the official University Latin motto taken from Psalm 133:1, “Ecce quam bonum et quam iucundum habitare fratres in unum” (“Behold how good and joyful it is for brethren to dwell together in unity”).

fog, Sewanee

actually clouds when seen from the valley, but called fog locally; typical winter atmospheric condition of the Domain; sometimes also used to refer to the mindset of certain residents and students.

Gates, the

a reference to the stone gates where Highway 64 enters and exits the Domain; the point at which Sewanee angels are pulled down or put back up.


the black bachelor’s gown worn by faculty and members of the Order of Gownsmen; “to gown” is to place the gown on a fellow student during Induction of Gownsmen at Convocation.

Headless gownsman

one of many popular Sewanee ghosts; last seen in 1988 marching in procession for Founders’ Day Convocation.


a social club distinguished by Scots regalia and dress; usually march in together at football games.

Lemon Fair

an old general store across from the bank in the village, now a gallery/gift shop opened in 1972 by Gay Alvarez and specializing in handmade, unusual, and magical gifts and treasures.

Lessons and Carols

popular name of the Festival of Lessons and Carols held in All Saints’ Chapel the first Saturday and Sunday of December; now in its fourth decade, the widely popular festival has been featured on television and in magazines; the three services each draw more than 1,200 people.

Lost Cove

a small extension of Crow Creek Valley to the south side of the Domain; sometimes taken as an image of remoteness, as in Walker Percy’s novel Love in the Ruins; said to have contained a birch grove sacred to Indians.

Mountain, the

an older way of referring to the Domain and to the life of the University; newcomers are often welcomed to “the Mountain.”

Night Study

(Archaic) a place, not a process; that portion of duPont Library formerly open through the night for student study. Night Study as a formal place came to an end a few years ago, but lives on in a 24/7 Academic Technology Center with computer lab access and occupying a portion of the Night Study space.


short for Order of Gownsmen, as in, “I have to go to an OG meeting.”

Perimeter Trail

the newest of Sewanee’s hiking paths; a path that begins on Highway 41A (the Cowan Road) and follows the general line of the bluff around the Domain.

Pig, the

the Piggly-Wiggly grocery store in Monteagle, as in “I’ve got to run to the Pig.”

Purple, the

the undergraduate newspaper The Sewanee Purple.

Reserve, the

the 1,000-acre tract recognized by Tennessee law as set aside for special academic and residential usage by the University; the central, settled portion of the Domain.


the volunteer, University-supported Sewanee Emergency Medical Service, which operates an ambulance and a corps of emergency medical technicians for the larger Sewanee community.

Sewanee Dogs

four-legged inhabitants of the Quad, classrooms, offices, and the space under the one traffic light.

Sewanee Metro

playful designation of the police department sometimes used by police dispatchers, as in “Sewanee Metro to all units.” Usually heard only on the late shifts.

Sewanee Review

the prestigious and internationally acclaimed literary journal published by the University; said to be the oldest literary quarterly in continuous publication in the United States.


the generic and place name for the University and its surrounding community; perhaps a derivation of the Amerindian form “Shawnee”; believed by some to mean “south” or to refer to the southern group of Shawnees by the northern group in Ohio.


the Sewanee Fire Department, which now includes both the old student volunteer fire department and the community fire department.


popular undergraduate lunch spot in Winchester; famous among generations of undergraduates for its chili.

Stable, the

the Equestrian Center and surrounding buildings and rings located at the second bend in the farm road beyond the dairy; home of the nationally famous Sewanee undergraduate equestrian team.


nickname of Sewanee athletic teams, derived from the mascot emblem, a rampant Bengal tiger.

Truck Stop

one of several truck service-station restaurants in Monteagle frequented by students, especially after midnight; particularly popular on party weekends and during exams; used in excited phrases such as, “Let’s go to the Truck Stop!”

Village, the

the town of Sewanee; the nonacademic “downtown” portion of the Domain; the area around the bank, gas stations, and the Sewanee market.


an undergraduate social club distinguished by distinctive British regalia; sometimes marches in together at football games.


a science major; someone who spends a lot of time in lab courses in Woods Laboratories.


call letters of the University of the South’s student-operated radio station, 91.3 FM; sometimes also know as “Radio Free Sewanee.”

Yea, Sewanee’s Right!

the surviving last line of an old football cheer: “Rip ‘em up! Tear ‘em up! Leave ‘em in the lurch. Down with the heathen. Up with the Church. Yea, Sewanee’s Right!” The heathen may have been the Methodists of Vanderbilt, which would date the cheer in the 1890s; the cheer was sometimes also used against Hampden-Sydney. Now used as an alternative motto and often shouted at the end of the alma mater. When used with the alma mater, it is preceded by an extended pause and the phrase “Hit it!”

Mountain Monday

7:30–8:45 a.m.
Arrival & Registration
Fulford Hall
7:45 a.m.
Campus Tour (optional)
Departing from Fulford Hall
9–9:45 a.m.
Opening Information Session
John McCardell, Vice-Chancellor
All Saints' Chapel
10–10:50 a.m.
Class Visit or Student Life Panel
Convocation Hall
11–11:50 a.m.
Class Visit or Student Life Panel
Convocation Hall
12:15 p.m.
Lunch with Current Students
McClurg Dining Hall
1:15 p.m.
Choose Your Own Adventure (optional)
Athletic Appointment
Campus Tour
Financial Aid Appointment
Residence Hall Tour
Science Facility Tour (Snowden & Spencer Halls)
Tour of Nabit Art Building
Tour of Tennessee Williams Performing Arts Center

Experience Sewanee

Experience Sewanee

Sunday, April 12

3–5 p.m.
Financial Aid Office open for questions
Fulford Hall
4:30–5:30 p.m.
Convocation Hall
5:45 p.m.
Guerry Auditorium
6–7 p.m.
Dinner for students
McClurg Dining Hall
7:45–8:45 p.m.
Study Away Video Premier & Panel Discussion
Sewanee Union Theatre
9–10 p.m.
Optional Activities
  • Night Hike
  • Live Music
  • Bonfire
  • Movie

Monday, April 13

7–8 a.m.
Nature Walk
Departing from Fulford
7–9 a.m.
Check out of host’s room
7–9 a.m.
Bring luggage to Convocation Hall
Convocation Hall
7–10 a.m.
McClurg Dining Hall
8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Financial Aid Office open for questions
Fulford Hall
8–8:50 a.m.
Class Visit, Student Panel, Campus Tour or Free Time
9–9:50 a.m.
Class Visit, Student Panel, or EQB: Joining the Sewanee Community
10–10:50 a.m.
Class Visit, Student Panel, Campus Tour or Free Time
11–11:50 a.m.
Class Visit, EQB: Joining the Sewanee Community or Free Time
12 p.m.
Closing Session
  • John McCardell, Vice-Chancellor
All Saints' Chapel
12:30 p.m.
McClurg Dining Hall
1:00 p.m.
Meet vans for airport departure
Convocation Hall