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The Sewanee Experience: Standing

Out from the Rest


ewanee: The University of the South is a top ranked national liberal arts school with a commitment to education, diversity, and service. Sewanee allows students to choose from approximately 36majors and 27 minors as well as 14 special or pre-professional programs including a 3-2 program in engineering, a 3-2 program in natural resources, and a 4-2 program in nursing.  Students can also initiate their own majors by working with faculty and the Dean of the College.

The Sewanee Community: With over 90 percent of the faculty and students living on campus, learning is something that occurs both in and outside of the classroom. Our small classes and close-knit community ensure that students receive the personal attention they want and deserve to be successful. Sewanee is not only a place to learn, but also a place to call home. The current Vice-President of the African-American Alliance says, “Sewanee teaches you to live outside of the box. Don’t limit yourself to one culture, one relationship, or even one career; because after a day in Sewanee, I guarantee you won’t just learn one thing.”

The Sewanee Faculty: Professors are at the top of their fields, both as educators and researchers. Sewanee’s faculty includes Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellows, Rhodes Scholars, novelists and poets, former foreign service officers, the author of a nuclear weapons treaty, United Nations consultants, an African peace negotiator, ordained ministers, think tank participants, National Science Foundation award winners, and recorded musicians. They are all here to help you succeed.

The Sewanee Relationship: Sewanee is a community characterized by honor, trust, warmth, support and courtesy. Our supportive community and faculty help students reach their goals. Among Sewanee’s student successes is Charles. Charles is a pre-med student majoring in Biology and Economics. “Why I would recommend Sewanee? The opportunity to meet and interact with wonderful people from diverse cultures and to work closely with proficient professors — experts in their fields of study — and be able to build personal relationships with them.

The Sewanee Tradition: For more than a century, the University has occupied a key place on America’s literary crossroads. Founded in 1892, the Sewanee Review is America’s oldest continuously published literary journal. Each summer, the University also plays host to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, which brings many of the most renowned contemporary writers to campus. In addition, Sewanee owns the rights to the works of playwright Tennessee Williams, which provide resources for fellowships that bring well known and respected artists to campus each year to work with students.

The Sewanee Lifestyle: With a diverse student body and close proximity to cities such as Nashville and Atlanta, Sewanee offers over 100 student organizations as well as extracurricular and leadership activities for every interest. Sewanee has a student programming board that receives approximately $60,000 to bring entertainers and fun activities to the campus. Sewanee also has 24 varsity sports. In addition, there are a number of club sports and intramural sports for students to get involved. More than 80% of students participate in some type of community service project during their time at Sewanee.

The Sewanee Future: The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges states, “At Sewanee, you’ll find a formal respect for, reverence for, and involvement in, serious academics. The school turns out large numbers of Rhodes Scholars, and a high percentage also go on to law, medical, veterinary, education and technical graduate programs.” Our alumni include 26Rhodes Scholars, 27 NCAA Post-graduate Scholars, and 40 Watson Fellows to name a few. Graduates are accepted to medical and law schools at rates far above the national average (85% into medical schools and 95% into law schools).

The Sewanee Opportunity: We have an extensive financial aid program available as well as scholarship programs, including Regents’ Scholarships that are available for students of color.  Approximately 60% of all students receive need-based and/or merit-based financial assistance.  It’s no wonder that Sewanee has been considered one of the best values/buys in higher education by Money magazine and U.S. News & World Report.

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