March 2, 2015
Benedict Scholars and Wilkins Scholars only
From the moment you meet an environmental-studies-and-English-studying/a-cappella-singing/firefighting/round-the-world-adventure-planning Sewanee student 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 Day.
March 30, 2015
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 6, 2015
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 12 – 13, 2015
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.
March 19, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Register now for our Atlanta Reception.
March 12, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Register now for our Charleston reception for admitted students.
March 8, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
Register now for our Charlotte reception for admitted students.
April 13, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Register now for our Chattanooga reception for admitted students.
March 24, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Register now for our Houston reception for admitted students.
March 9, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Register now for our Raleigh reception for admitted students.
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.
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 2013:
98% of graduates are employed or in graduate/professional school within 7 months of graduation
71% are employed
4% are both working and in graduate or professional school
22% are in graduate or professional school (12 of the 69 received full or partial assistance in funding for their programs)
1% received fellowships (Watson or Fulbright)
2% reported to us that they are still looking
Play with our dynamic Outcomes Infographic connect Sewanee’s majors to the careers they might prepare you for.
Got questions for alumni? Ask them.
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.
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.”
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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Website for enrolling (deposited) students:
Coming in April
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Deferring enrollment (gap year): 931.598.1535
Residential Life: 931.598.1446
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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
Learn more (coming soon)
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.
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.