Sewanee University of the South

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Located in Sewannee, Tennessee (as its name suggests), Sewanee: The University of the South (locally referred to as just “Sewannee) is a four-year, liberal arts university that is owned and operated by the Episcopal Church, also known as the Protestant Episcopal Church of America. While not technically the largest university in the nation, the school’s campus sits on 13,000 acres of some of the most beautiful land in Tennesse, on the Cumberland Plateau. The university is home to the School of Theology, which functions as a seminary and school of theology for the Episcopals, and offers graduate degrees in Creative Writing and American Literature through its School of Letters.

Sewanee also offers bachelor’s degree in various areas of secular and religious study, including cultural studies, language studies, performing arts, visual arts, biology, computer science, history, math, interdisciplinary studies, physical science, and social sciences, among others.

U.S. News and World Report has ranked Sewanee No.33 on in its rankings of top liberal arts schools and in 2011 it was ranked No.57 on the “List of America’s 650 Best Colleges” published each earn by Forbes magazine. Sewanee is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and belongs to the Associate Colleges of the South (ACS), a consortium of 16 liberl arts colleges.

School of Theology

The School of Theology at Sewanee was established in 1878. It is just one of many seminaries that are operated by the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. However, of all Episcopal seminaries, it is the only one in Southeastern United States.


For a religious institution, athletics are a pretty significant aspect of student life and culture at Sewanee. Sewanee student athletes and teams compete as the Sewanee Tigers and belongs to the Southern Athletic Association (SAA). The institution sponsors sports for men and women (11 for men and 13 for women.

General Information

Admission Office

Office of Admission

735 University Avenue

Sewanee, TN 37383-1000

(931) 598-1238

(800) 522-2234

Fax: (931) 598-3248

Contact: Lee Ann Afton

Dean of Admission
Main Address
735 University Avenue
Sewanee, TN 37383
(931) 598-1000


Total undergrads: 1,455

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 401

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,431

Graduate enrollment: 81

Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1


Rural setting

Rural community (under 2,500)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $45

Online application fee: Free

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 62%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

American Studies B
Asian Studies B
French Studies B
German Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Visual and Performing Arts – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Comparative Literature B
French B
German B
Greek, Ancient B
Greek, Modern B
Latin B
Russian B
Spanish B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B
Mathematics/Computer Science B
Medieval/Renaissance Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B
Forestry – General B
Natural Resources Management/Policy B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

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