The University of the South (TN) Newsletter

A message from our dean

Greetings from Sewanee!

Admission season is question-and-answer season. We want you to have the answers to questions students have about applying to Sewanee. Here are a few of the answers we provide most frequently:

Q: Does Sewanee require an interview?
No, however we encourage students to meet with an admission counselor or Sewanee alum while they’re on the road. Of course the best way to understand Sewanee is by visiting campus. Students can schedule a custom conversation with a member of the admission staff or a current student while they’re here.

Q: Does Sewanee require a writing supplement?
No. Sewanee uses the Common Application and does not require a writing supplement. We evaluate applicants using the standard Common Application and the engagement they have had with the Office of Admission.

Q: What is required to apply for need-based financial aid?
We use the FAFSA and the CSS PROFILE to award need-based financial aid. Need-based financial aid applicants must complete both the FAFSA and the CSS PROFILE in conjunction with their application deadline. Financial aid applicants submitting their complete application by the stated deadlines are given priority consideration for institutional funds.

Q: Is it easy to apply test-optional?
Yes. We do not require additional materials when students apply test-optional, except on a case-by-case basis. As long as applicants indicate “test-optional” on the Common Application, we will review their applications without test scores.

If students need additional answers beyond what is available here or on our website, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to providing answers big and small this year!

Sincerely yours,

Lee Ann Backlund
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Vice President for Enrollment Planning

Video Feature: Gracie Gibson, C’17, talks about her Guarisco Scholarship experience.
In 2010, the Guarisco and McGriff families created the Peter V. Guarisco Merit Scholarship in Art. Gracie Gibson, C’17, was the first recipient of the Guarisco Scholarship. Her scholarship not only made possible artistic opportunities but also opened doors to all Sewanee has to offer, “all aspects of my life; all ways for me to challenge my personal growth and to develop.”

Scholarship opportunity in the arts

Available for a member of the Class of 2021, the Guarisco Scholarship in Art or Art History is endowed for students who intend to pursue art or art history at the undergraduate level and who have demonstrated extraordinary promise in artistic endeavors. On Sewanee’s gorgeous 13,000-acre mountaintop campus and around the world, Guarisco Scholars will have the resources to study and to advance their work. Guarisco Scholars have the opportunity to receive full funding for four years of study at Sewanee as well as stipends for research, internship, and study away opportunities. Sewanee hosts special visits for prospective student artists. Please join us.

Sewanee near you

A member of the Sewanee admission staff may be visiting your area soon. Getting to know students is an important part of our application process. The interest students show in Sewanee is taken into account during our review process. We encourage students to engage with us when we visit your area.

Of course, we here at the Office of Admission at Sewanee also strive to strengthen our relationships with each of you. Please check out important application details, counselor fly-in programs, campus visit opportunities, and admission details here.

Upcoming events on campus

Can’t meet with us on the road? One of the best ways to interact with us is by visiting campus. Learn more about Fall Preview and other visit options here for prospective students.

  • Register here for Fall Preview on Oct. 1, 2016
  • Register here for Fall Preview on Oct. 29, 2016

Assistance with international applicants

If you are working with international students applying to liberal arts colleges in the United States, we want you to help them get to know Sewanee.

  • Application details
  • Students in secondary schools outside the United States:
    Assistant Director of Admission Danielle Larsen conducts the first review of applications submitted by international students
  • Students in secondary schools within the United States:
    The admission counselor assigned to the appropriate geographic area conducts the first review of applications of international students who attend secondary schools in the U.S.

International applicants are considered for all available scholarships. If international applicants are applying for need-based grants, they must submit their application and grant essay by our Early Action (Dec. 1) deadline.

Perspective: Students contribute to Sewanee’s conversations on culture and society

Perspective, a spring visit weekend, 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. More details will come later in the fall, but if you have questions now, please contact Curtis Johnson.

Academic spotlight: Pre-Business

Sewanee’s liberal arts curriculum includes the opportunity to earn a minor in business. Courses drawn from economics, philosophy, computer science, psychology, and core business courses are supported by a rich program of co-curricular activities at the Babson Center for Global Commerce. You can learn more about the business minor here.

Sewanee Features

Picnic in Persepolis 
In the weeks after the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal went into effect, NPR producer Emily Ochsenschlager, C’03, traveled to the Islamic republic to find out what the future holds.

Saving the Scribbles 
A Sewanee professor and her students are preserving first-century graffiti with 21st-century tools.

Boys to Men 
Jewlz Davis, C’16, is introducing high school students to new ideas about masculinity—if he can just get them to focus.

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