Defining Fit at Sewanee
Greetings from Sewanee!
Our office is back in full-swing, preparing for next year’s class of students to take shape. I couldn’t be more excited about the amount of talent and drive pointed in our direction.
Unfortunately, not all of our applicants can be admitted. It’s important to remember during this time of year how we make the tough decisions we make. If I could distill it down to one rule, it would be this: We admit students who are a good ‘fit’ at Sewanee.
Fit is about academic preparedness. We admit students with a range of secondary school academic qualifications. However, the first question we ask when reviewing an application is, “Can this student succeed academically here?”
Fit is about fitting in. Sewanee is unparalleled in many ways, but one of the more distinctive qualities has to be our social life. Our rural location and tight-knit community mean that students must actively contribute to life outside the classroom. The “passing hello,” the Honor Code, and the 13,000-acre mountaintop campus are all features of that life, and Sewanee will continue to sustain and steward these most cherished things.
Finally, fit is about showing mutual interest and respect. We work hard to get to know prospective students, and we ask that they work hard to get to know us, too. Students who have engaged with us on campus, at college fairs, and via email can more confidently say that they fit at Sewanee—and we can more confidently agree with them.
When students fit at Sewanee, we do everything we can to make it affordable for them. With generous need-based financial aid and our tuition guarantee for the class of 2021, we offer what families need to be able to plan for the long term. How many other colleges can tell you the exact cost of a four-year degree before you enroll?
Finally, each year we publish what we call, Sewanee by the Numbers. We encourage you to share this information as you work with your students. Feel free to print this PDF copy .
This is a trying time of year, so please let us know if we can assist students. We couldn’t be more excited to once again put together a seriously strong class of students!
Lee Ann Backlund
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Vice President for Enrollment Planning
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Applications available for business, pre-medical, civic engagement opportunities
The deadline for applications to Sewanee’s enhanced educational programs is April 1. Admitted students have been notified with complete details.
Hippocrates Fellowship Program
Sewanee’s new pre-medical leadership opportunity. Includes a fully funded summer experience that includes curricular, internship, and leadership activities.
Bonner Leader Program
As a member of the national Bonner consortium of colleges and universities, Sewanee gives students the opportunity to pursue a four-year civic engagement experience alongside like-minded peers, mentors, and community partners.
Carey Fellows Program
Carey Fellows are business minors who earn departmental honors. Includes a paid semester-long internship.
Registration for admitted students’ on-campus events and off-campus receptions is now open
With admission decisions out the door, our scholarship letters are preparing to do the same. Admitted students will receive complete details about events to which they are invited in their scholarship decision letters. There is funding available for students needing travel assistance to campus. More details are given on the registration forms.
Sewanee Scholars Weekend
March 5–6, 2017
Benedict Scholars, Vice-Chancellor Scholar, and Wilkins Scholars only.
Ecce Quam Bonum Awards Day
April 3, 2017
Otey, Fairbanks, Quintard Awards recipients only.
April 8-10, 2017
Invitation only (more details below) students go right into Experience Sewanee.
April 9–10, 2017
All admitted students
April 29, 2017
All admitted students and prospective Sophomores and Juniors.
“Behind-the-Scenes” visit opportunities now available
Prospective students interested in studying art, dance, orchestra, theatre, and choir are invited to attend Sewanee’s “Behind-the-Scenes” events.
Perspective: Students contribute to Sewanee’s conversations on culture and society
Perspective Sewanee, April 8-9, offers an engaging program for admitted students interested in discovering the diversity of people and the numerous multicultural opportunities Sewanee has to offer. Students attending Perspective will stay on campus for Experience Sewanee, April 9-10. For questions, please contact Curtis Johnson.
Applications for summer programs are open
Sewanee offers pre-collegiate programs for students with interests in biomedical sciences, environmental sciences, choral music, creative writing, music, debate, and theology. A summer in Sewanee is a great way to experience life on the Mountain by living in a residence hall, eating in the dining hall, engaging with members of the community, and meeting with the admission staff.
Remaking the Sewanee Review
With new writers and a new look, Editor Adam Ross’s debut issue hopes to find a place on your bedside table.
The Voice of New Nashville
As speechwriter and communications adviser to two mayors and co-author of a new book, Michael Cass, C’93, tells the story of the country’s hottest city.
What Lives Beneath
Biology Professor Kirk Zigler and his students make remarkable finds in the caves of Sewanee and beyond.