Greetings from Sewanee: The University of the South (TN)


Greetings from Sewanee!

Admission travel 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?
A: No, however we encourage students to meet with an admission counselor 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?
A: 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?
A: 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?
A: 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.

Q: Does Sewanee allow students to self report test scores? 
A: Yes, for students that have already completed their Common Application, students can complete our new self-reported score form.

Q: Are there any new majors this year? 
A: Yes, neuroscience. Students have the opportunity to study the brain and nervous system through a truly interdisciplinary approach. Majors are required to take courses in both Psychology and Biology, and are highly encouraged to explore related courses within Chemistry, Computer Science, and Philosophy.

If you or your 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: Our Story


Encourage your students to schedule a visit. At Fall Preview, Sept. 29 and Nov. 10, your students will enjoy a campus tour, faculty sessions, student panel discussions, a “beyond the classroom” session, and a residential life tour.


The Sewanee Pledge

For each member of the incoming class, we pledge:

  • To secure Sewanee graduates’ places in top jobs and top graduate programs by providing a funded summer internship or research experience.
  • To secure our graduates’ places in a global world, wherever that may be, by providing full portability of aid for a semester abroad.
  • That students will graduate in four years.

Taylor Baird, C’15 joins the Admission team
Taylor has recently joined Sewanee’s admission staff as an Assistant Director of Admission. As we experience record growth in our campus visits and in our admission applications, Sewanee’s admission counselors travel farther and wider than ever before to meet new students and their families around the country. Taylor will provide an invaluable presence in our office and will be working with students from Colorado, Georgia (excluding Metro Atlanta), Central and South Florida, and North Carolina.


Explore Slate.org
Sewanee is in the Slate family of colleges and we invite you to be part of the Slate community.  Slate.org is a new resource which will allow you to support your students through this application process and stay connected to colleges.

If you are interested in exploring this new tool, please be in contact with us. For more background about Slate, take a look at the recent Chronicle of Higher Education article about the company and its founder. We look forward to discovering this new opportunity together!


Sewanee Features 
The Useful Summer

Meet a handful of the more than 250 students who spent the sunny season gaining valuable experience in Sewanee-supported internships.

Community Medicine

A student’s years-long involvement with a local rural medical clinic fosters deep connections to people and place, and prepares her for a future career.

Lending Support

A Sewanee alumnus’s VISTA project grows into a start-up business that offers local residents a welcome alternative to high-interest predatory lending.


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