Lee Ann BacklundWe only make one decision when it comes to admission: We admit students who belong at Sewanee.

We believe the first step in becoming a Sewanee student is knowing that you belong at Sewanee. There are several steps that come after that one, but the final one in the admission process is for us to determine fit. At Sewanee, we take fit seriously.

Fit is about academic preparedness. We admit students with a range of secondary school academic performance. However, the first question we ask when reviewing an application is, “Can this student succeed academically here?”

Fit is about fitting in. Our rural location and tight-knit community mean that students must actively contribute to life outside the classroom. The “passing hello,” the Honor Code, the 13,000 acres of wilderness—Sewanee students must sustain and steward the most cherished things that Sewanee has to offer.

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.

From the first step to the last, the admission team is here for you. We look forward to working with you.

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

Tuition and fees

$58,000 guaranteed for four years (2017–18).

Advent (Fall) Semester direct billed expenses: $29,136

  • Tuition: $22,424
  • Fees: $272
  • Room and board: $6,440 

Easter (Spring) Semester direct billed expenses: $28,864

  • Tuition: $22,424
  • Fees: $0
  • Room and board: $6,440

Estimated annual indirect expenses (books, personal supplies, travel): $2,400 to $3,200
Total including estimated indirect expenses: $60,400 to $61,200
Estimated additional annual direct expenses for international students: ≈$2,000
Total including estimated indirect expenses (international students): $62,000

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Need-based financial aid

Beth CragarAt Sewanee, we understand that an investment in private higher education is a substantial one for most families. Support from alumni and the University’s endowment enables us to provide students with scholarships, grants, and other financial aid programs in an attempt to keep cost from being the primary factor in your decision-making process.

Sewanee provides more than $26 million in institutional aid each year. In the 2015–2016 academic year, 81 percent of University students received some form of gift aid, including University aid, scholarships, remissions, and state or federal grants. In 2015, 83 percent of entering freshmen received financial aid from Sewanee. Over 40% of freshmen received need-based aid; their average gift aid from all sources was more than $28,000.

We look forward to working with you!

Beth Cragar
Associate Dean of Admission for Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid details


There is no separate application or separate deadline for scholarships. Applicants are evaluated for highest performance within the applicant pool using the Common Application. Applicants using Spring Transfer, Early Decision I, Early Action, and Fall Transfer admission programs are considered for scholarships. All scholarships are renewable with satisfactory academic progress.

Guarisco Scholarship in Art or Art History
Full tuition, fees, room and board annually
1 awarded every four years 

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship
Full tuition, fees, room and board annually
2 awarded annually

Benedict Scholarship
Full tuition, fees, room and board annually
2 awarded annually

Wilkins Scholarship
$20,000 annually
100 awarded annually

Fellowship in the Arts
$5,000-$20,000 annually
Number awarded determined annually

Quintard Award
$15,500 annually
Number awarded determined annually

Fairbanks Award
$13,500 annually
Number awarded determined annually

Otey Award
$8,000 annually
Number awarded determined annually

Lancaster Award
$5,000 annually
Number awarded determined annually

Georgia4 Scholarship
$4,000 annually
Awarded to all applicants admitted from Georgia

Sewanee by the Numbers

Entering Class of Fall 2016

514 enrolled
50.4% male
49.6% female
27.6% legacy affiliation
25.7% self-identified Episcopalians
100% living on campus
3.69 average high school GPA
27-31 ACT middle 50%
1760-1983 SAT middle 50% (pre-March 2016)
82.5% out-of-state 

College of Arts and Sciences

80.1% received financial aid*
48 U.S. states represented
31 countries represented
15% self-identified students of color
26 Rhodes Scholars
46 Watson Fellows
35 majors (most popular: Economics, English, History, Psychology, Biology, International and Global Studies, Environmental Studies/Natural Resources, and Anthropology.) 
40 minors
5 pre-professional programs (Education, Law, Business, Health/Medicine, Engineering
13,000 acres
10:1 student to faculty ratio
17 students on average in a class
160 full-time faculty (95% of faculty with terminal degrees in their fields)

Data current as of Nov. 1, 2016. 
For the most up-to-date information on admission and financial aid, please visit: admission.sewanee.edu
*Financial Aid data reported from the 2015-16 CDS to IPEDS


Passing Hello


April 12, 2017

‌Sewanee's Passing Hello tradition reaches far beyond the gates! Read on to see how Eunice Muchemi, C'19, has found new friends, acquantainces, and connections in Ghana, just with a smile and a wave. 

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