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Sewanee The University of the South

Sewanee, Tennessee

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Sewanee The University of the South overview
Location Sewanee, Tennessee
Online sewanee.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Distant Rural
Religious Affiliation Protestant Episcopal
Sewanee The University of the South overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Sewanee-The University of the South is a private liberal arts college located atop the Cumberland Plateau in Sewanee, Tennessee, approximately 93 miles southeast of Nashville. Established in 1857 by the Episcopal Church, the University is known for its School of Theology and strong programs in English, History, and Environmental Studies. Sewanee's curriculum emphasizes undergraduate study in the arts, sciences, and humanities, and the institution maintains a selective admissions process. The campus, celebrated for its Gothic Revival architecture, spans 13,000 acres, providing students with extensive natural surroundings and outdoor recreational opportunities. Housing is provided with a majority of students living on-campus across multiple residence halls and themed houses, upholding a residential college experience. Sewanee's varsity sports teams, known as the Tigers, compete in the NCAA Division III, with particular recognition in the domain of equestrian sports.

In the most recent statistical year 4,578 prospective students applied, and 2,395 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 416 enrolled in the school.  1,657 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 47 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $50,874 plus fees of $272. Sewanee is ranked 83 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Sewanee is rated within the top 18% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very High
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SAT 1233/1380
ACT 27/32

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due Feb 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Sewanee The University of the South
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$272
Room and Board $14,608
Budget for Other Expenses$1,750
Total One Year Cost$68,704

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$49,800 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

86% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Sewanee The University of the South students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 17%
English and Literature 14%
Psychology 11%
Visual and Performing Arts 11%
General Studies 10%

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