Sewanee: The University Of The South

Sewanee: The University Of The South

Sewanee: The University Of The South is a private, liberal arts university in Sewanee, Tennessee that is popularly referred to as Sewanee. Established in 1857, the university sprawls over 13,000 acres and offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in foreign languages, library science, international studies, music, business, anthropology, and education. The university has the following college and school under it:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Theology

Sewanee participates in NCAA Division III and is a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Baseball, basketball, cross country, equestrian, track and field, and tennis are some of the sports in which students participate. The nickname for Sewanee athletics teams is the Wildcats. The university has twelve fraternities and nine sororities. Students can also choose from over ninety clubs and organizations.

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Contacting Sewanee: The University of the South

Sewanee: The University of the South
735 University Avenue
Sewanee , TN 37383-1000
General Phone: (931) 598-1000

Sewanee: The University of the South Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts206American studies, Asian studies, area studies, Russian language, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, Ancient Greek language, ...
Religion and Philosophy64philosophy, religion, theology, ministry
Science35biology, biochemistry, environmental biology, chemistry, chemistry courses, geology, physics
Therapy and Counseling28psychology
Fine Arts22fine arts, art history and criticism
Conservation and Resource Management13conservation, environmental studies, forest sciences
Drama and Performing Arts7drama
Computer Science and Engineering1computer science

Number of programs and degrees for Sewanee: The University of the South in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree34637
Postbaccalaureate certificate11
Master's degree31
Doctor's degree51
First-professional degree281
First-professional certificate21

Sewanee: The University of the South Student Body

In 2007-2008, Sewanee: The University of the South had a total enrollment of 1,561 students (1,635 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 51%
Women 49%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 89%
Graduate 5%
First Professional 6%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 89%
Black 4%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 44%
20-21 42%
22-24 7%
25-29 1%
30-34 1%
35-39 0%
40-49 2%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina6%
South Carolina4%
New York2%
(International Students)2%
Washington, DC1%
State unknown1%
New Jersey1%

Sewanee: The University of the South Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 87 %

Sewanee: The University of the South Room and Board (2007)

Sewanee: The University of the South offers campus housing for 1,425 of its 1,635 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Sewanee, Tennessee for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Tennessee Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Sewanee: The University of the South Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal568680
SAT Math580680
ACT Verbal2632
ACT Math2429
ACT Composite2630

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT60%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT42%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Sewanee: The University of the South Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 32,760
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 32,760
Room and board $ 9,360
Room charge $ 4,870
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,490
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 1,100

Financial Aid:
Sewanee: The University of the South participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 353400)

Sewanee: The University of the South Faculty

Sewanee: The University of the South has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1213
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1010

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year43$100,92413$80,743
Associate professoracademic year17$71,76515$71,456
Assistant professoracademic year15$56,98315$57,846
Instructoracademic year4$52,2516$57,449
Lectureracademic year1*0*
All faculty totalacademic year80$83,25349$68,038

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Sewanee: The University of the South Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Track Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference

Sewanee: The University of the South Degree Programs (2007)

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies
Forest Sciences and Biology
Natural Resources/Conservation, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Area Studies, Other
Asian Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International/Global Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Religion/Religious Studies
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Environmental Biology
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Sewanee: The University of the South Apart:

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