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Sewanee Scholars Weekend

March 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.

Ecce Quam Bonum Awards Day

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.

Mountain Monday

April 7, 2014
All admitted students

Register now for Mountain Monday
Tentative Schedule

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…

Experience Sewanee

April 13 – 14, 2014
All admitted students

Register now for Experience Sewanee
Tentative Schedule

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.


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 abroad

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 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


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 $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.

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.” Here are a few things that might be included.

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 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.

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


Current Students

What's it like to go here? Ask these current students.

Linus Billings, C’14

Linus Billings, C’14


Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Secondary School: Williston Northampton School

Major: History

Minor: Politics

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.”

Davis Brown, C’14

Davis Brown, C’14


Hometown: Norcross, Ga.

Secondary School: Wesleyan School

Major: Religion

Minor: Business

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.”

Sarah Brown, C’14

Sarah Brown, C’14


Hometown: Ooltewah, Tenn.

Secondary School: Ooltewah High School

Major: Biochemistry

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.”

Callan Candler, C’14

Callan Candler, C’14


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.”

Maggie Dunlap, C’14

Maggie Dunlap, C’14


Hometown: Spartanburg, S.C.

Secondary School: Escuela Americana De El Salvador

Major: Politics

Minor: Religion

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.”

Hillary Dziminski, C’14

Hillary Dziminski, C’14


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.”

Rachel Harris, C’14

Rachel Harris, C’14


Hometown: Hickory, N.C.

Secondary School: Hickory High School

Major: English

Minor: Philosophy

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.”

Antinea Jones, C’17

Antinea Jones, C’17


Hometown: Chattanooga, Tenn.

Secondary School: Brainerd High School

Major: Biology (pre-med)

Minor: Spanish

"I enjoy hanging out with friends and working on outreach projects. My favorite place on campus is Elliott Park. There's a swing set there!"

Kimpton Langford, C’14

Kimpton Langford, C’14


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!”

Maggie Hudson, C’14

Maggie Hudson, C’14


Hometown: Paris, Tenn.

Secondary School: Henry County High School

Major: Chemistry

Minor: German

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.”

Jenay Lightfoot, C’14

Jenay Lightfoot, C’14


Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.

Secondary School: Houston High School

Major: American studies

Minor: Classics

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!”

Mary Kate McAlister, C’14

Mary Kate McAlister, C’14


Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.

Secondary School: Charlotte Latin School

Major: Psychology

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.”

Chloe Nigro, C’14

Chloe Nigro, C’14


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.”

Carolyn Pearigen, C’14

Carolyn Pearigen, C’14


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!”

Lacey Oliver, C’14

Lacey Oliver, C’14


Hometown: Winchester, Tenn.

Secondary School: Franklin County High School

Major: English

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.”

Jamie Pollard, C’14

Jamie Pollard, C’14


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.”

Matthew Reilly, C’14

Matthew Reilly, C’14


Hometown: Milton, Ga.

Secondary School: Mount Pisgah Christian High School

Major: International and global studies

Minor: History

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.”

Ford Rushton, C’14

Ford Rushton, C’14


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.”

Warren Snead, C’14

Warren Snead, C’14


Hometown: Richmond, Va.

Secondary School: St. Christopher’s School

Major: Politics

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.”

Pete Rydell, C’14

Pete Rydell, C’14


Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.

Secondary School: Western Reserve Academy

Major: International and global studies

Minor: Politics

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.”

Gaby Spangenberg, C’14

Gaby Spangenberg, C’14


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.”

Chrishna Srey, C’16

Chrishna Srey, C’16


Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.

Secondary School: East Literature Magnet School

Major: International and Global Studies

Minor: Business

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."

Roshni Walia, C’14

Roshni Walia, C’14


Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

Secondary School: 

Major: Economics

Minor: Psychology

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!"

Allie White, C’14

Allie White, C’14


Hometown: Athens, Ga.

Secondary School: Oconee County High School

Major: History

Minor: Politics
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.

Blair Barrows, C’12


M.Ed. Candidate
Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

Major: Psychology
Minor: Education

“Sewanee provided me with the foundation to be able to think critically about educational issues.”

Nashville, Tenn.

Tyler Brantley, C’09


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.”

Nashville, Tenn.

Hunter Bratton, C’10


Secondary Plant Foreman/Environmental Technician
Wake Stone Corporation

Major: Natural Resources

"The skills that I learned at Sewanee help me in my profession on a daily basis. I use what I learned in my major to assist in prospecting for new sites as well as management of existing operations and other land holdings and farms owned by Wake Stone. More importantly though, I use what Sewanee taught me outside of my academic concentration even more. Leadership and moral values are integral to my day to day responsibilities. Sewanee's sense of community and strong values based foundation instilled these qualities in me, and I am thankful everyday for that experience."

Raleigh, N.C.

Bentley Cook, C’11


Software Engineer
Campus Bellhops

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.”

Chattanooga, Tenn.

Rachel Dunn-Rankin, C’13


Hutchison School

Major: Political Science
Minor: Education

“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.”

Memphis, Tenn.

Casey Field, C’00


Athletic Director

Major: History

“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.”

Charlotte, N.C.

Robert Fitzgerald, C’10


Attorney at Law
Office of William T Fitzgerald, PC

Major: History
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.”

Fort Worth, Texas

John Floyd, C’13


Law Student

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Major: Political Science

Nashville, Tenn.

Bill Gage, C’85


Buck Keenan, LLP

Major: Politics

"Every day, I use the ability to read, reason, and communicate...all tools which Sewanee helped me refine."

Houston, Tx.

Bessie Gant, C’98


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.”

Sullivans Island, S.C.

Elliott Harrigan, C’78


Harrigan & Company, Inc.

Major: Economics

"At Sewanee, I honed my abilities to write, speak, and reason. I use those abilities in my work every day."

Richmond, Va.

Bobby Jefts, C’79


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.”

Eagle River, Alaska

Norman Jetmundsen, C’76


Attorney at Law
Vulcan Materials Company

Major: English

“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.”

Mountain Brook, Ala.

Lauren Joca, C’13


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.”

Raleigh, N.C.

Stephanie Loria, C’11


Ph.D. Student
Richard Gilder Graduate School, American Museum of Natural History

Glendale, N.Y.

Mac McCallum, C’10


Assistant Director of Admission, Humanities Teacher, Baseball Coach
Asheville School

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.”

Asheville, N.C.

Danielle McIntyre, C’12


Treasury Management Officer
Regions Financial Corporation

Major: Economics

"The skill I use most often in my profession is my ability to communicate well. Whether it be via email, in person, or over the phone, I have been commended countless times on my ability to convey information concisely and effectively. In the process of obtaining my Economics degree, I was honing not only my communication skills, but my critical thinking and problem solving skills as well. The Sewanee atmosphere helped me to become successful in my current profession."

Atlanta, Ga.

Sean McKenzie, C’11


Ph.D. Student
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.”

New York, N.Y.

Thomas Miller, C’73


Financial Advisor
UBS Financial Services

Major: History

“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!”

Overland Park, Kan.

Amy Nusbaum, C’12


Middle School Science Teacher
Louise S. McGehee School

Major: Anthropology

New Orleans, La.

Rivers Powers, C’03


Majors: History and Political Science

Memphis, Tenn.

Allen Reddick, C’76


Professor of English Literature

Major: English

“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.”

Zurich, Switzerland

Hayley Robb, C’09


Ensworth School

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.”

Nashville, Tenn.

Olivia Schubert, C’12


Account Manager - Performance Technologies
The Advisory Board Company

Major: International and Global Studies
Minor: French

"The ability to communicate, analyze, and summarize both verbally and through the written word not only got me hired, but distinguished me from my peers enough to be promoted. Sewanee made me a thoughtful, well-rounded, hard working person who is valued for those qualities by my employer."

Washington, D.C.

Theresa Scocca, C’99


Clinical Research Scientist
Drug and Medical Device Development

Major: Biology, Music

"I have to write, present, lead, reason, and synthesize complicated information on a daily basis. I did all of those things regularly in my time at Sewanee. Many times, those things don't happen as often as they should, particularly in science courses; at Sewanee, they happen in and out of the classroom and across all major disciplines. Plus, I am a more well-rounded person as a result of the variety of courses I was encouraged to take, and my friends have a variety of academic backgrounds and careers."

Durham, N.C.

Winnie Smith, C’12


Major: Politics

Director of Youth Ministries
Saint Luke's Parish, Darien

"Sewanee gave me so many gifts and skills that I use out here in the 'real world.' In the classroom, I learned how to write clearly and effectively, and that is something I know future employers will value. I learned how to think about issues from multiple points of view, and to value them all. I learned that the classroom was not the only place to gain knowledge, and that some of life's most valuable lessons are found engaging with new people and exploring new places.

Outside of the classroom, I was active in the life of All Saints’ Chapel, and that directly influenced my career choice. I work with middle and high school students at an Episcopal church in Connecticut and I credit my time working as a sacristan, meeting in Catechumenate, and volunteering at Otey Parish with giving me the tools necessary to thrive in my work.

I loved all my experiences at Sewanee, both in the classroom and outside of it, and I feel lucky to have called the Mountain home for four years. YSR!"

Stamford, Conn.

Ann Thomasson, C’09


Major: Psychology

MSW/MPH Student
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.”

Edgewater, Md.

Wiley Wasden III, C’81


Brennan And Wasden, LLC

Majors: Political Science and Economics

Savannah, Ga.

Todd Wass, C’03


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.

Atlanta, Ga.

Matthew Welden, C’99


Senior Managing Director

Gray & Company

Majors: English and Economics

Atlanta, Ga.

Benton Williamson, C’76


Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd

Major: History

"My Sewanee education prepared me for the legal profession by emphasizing the need to read and digest materials thoroughly and to be able to respond clearly and concisely.  Also, the breadth of a liberal arts education was helpful in training me to understand complex issues that often interact with each other."

Columbia, S.C.
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


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 150 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 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.

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

That insanely outdoorsy, I'll-never-try-that-in-a-million-years thing you never thought you’d have the guts to do? You'll give it a shot at PRE.PRE

Pre-Orientation Programs

Finding Your Place

Register right here

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 1
  • Date of FYP 2014: Aug. 13 – 22
  • 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 right here

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 1
  • Date of PRE 2014: Aug. 20 – 23
  • 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 130 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 130 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 during the week of Feb. 10. 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

April 7, 2014

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 13

1–5 p.m.
Financial Aid Office open for questions
Fulford Hall
3:30–5 p.m.
Convocation Hall
4–5 p.m.
Tours of the Bentley Bells
Convocation Hall
3:30 p.m.
Campus Tours (optional)
  • Leaving every 15 minutes until 4:30 p.m.
Departing from Fulford Hall
5:30 p.m.
Guerry Auditorium
6–7 p.m.
Break-out Sessions
Convocation Hall
7–8 p.m.
Dinner for students
McClurg Dining Hall
8–9 p.m.
Dessert & Announcements
Convocation Hall
9–11 p.m.
Optional Activities
  • Night Hike
  • Live Music
  • Bonfire

Monday, April 14

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
8–8:50 a.m.
Class Visit, Student Panel or Free Time
Convocation Hall
9–9:50 a.m.
Class Visit, Student Panel or Free Time
Convocation Hall
10–10:50 a.m.
Class Visit, The First-Year Experience or Free Time
Convocation Hall
10–10:50 a.m.
Class Visit, The First-Year Experience or Free Time
Convocation Hall
11–11:50 a.m.
Class Visit, The First-Year Experience or Free Time
Convocation Hall
12 p.m.
Closing Session
  • Lee Ann Afton-Backlund, Dean of Admission & Financial Aid
  • 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