Apply for admission

1. Choose an application path.

Early Decision I: Type: binding, scholarship consideration; Deadline: Nov. 15; Notification: Dec. 15

    • For applicants who wish to enter as first-year students, who are willing to commit to enrolling at the University of the South if admitted, and who will not use scholarships and financial aid as a primary factor when choosing a college.
    • Admission details

Spring Transfer: Type: non-binding, scholarship consideration; Priority Deadline: Nov. 15; Notification: On rolling basis

    • For applicants who have graduated from high school and earned credits at an accredited higher education institution since graduating from high school but before the expected date of entry into Sewanee and who wish to complete their college coursework at the University of the South.
    • Admission details

Early Action: Type: non-binding, scholarship consideration; Deadline: Dec. 1; Notification: mid-February

    • For applicants who wish to enter as first-year students, who consider the University of the South among their top college choices, and who wish to be considered for admission earlier than Regular Decision.
    • Admission details

Early Decision II: Type: binding, scholarship consideration; Deadline: Jan. 15; Notification: Feb. 15

    • For applicants who wish to enter as first-year students, who are willing to commit to enrolling at the University of the South if admitted, and who will not use scholarships and financial aid as a primary factor when choosing a college.
    • Admission details

Regular Decision: Type: non-binding, scholarship consideration; Deadline: Feb. 1; Notification: Late March

Fall Transfer: Type: non-binding, scholarship consideration; Priority Deadline: April 1; Notification: On rolling basis

    • For applicants who have graduated from high school and earned credits at an accredited higher education institution since graduating from high school but before the expected date of entry into Sewanee and who wish to complete their college coursework at the University of the South.
    • Admission details 

2. Complete the Common Application, indicating the application program you have chosen.

    • Submitting your standardized test scores: Use Sewanee’s testing codes (SAT: 1842; ACT: 4024)
    • Apply without test scores (“Test Optional”): All applicants except transfer applicants and students who have completed secondary coursework in a homeschool setting are able to apply without submitting standardized test scores using any application program. Indicate “test-optional” on the Common Application.
    • Admission details

3. Demonstrate your interest in Sewanee.

    • Engage with the Office of Admission (i.e. college fairs, high school visits, emails, etc.)

Apply for scholarships

Academic Scholarships

  1. All applicants are considered for academic scholarships. Please complete the Common Application to apply.
     
  2. Demonstrate your interest in Sewanee. 

Fellowships in the Arts (visual studies, art history, film, music, theatre, and dance)

  1. Choose Early Decision I or Early Action as your admission program.

  2. Complete the Common Application, indicating the application program you’ve chosen.

  3. Demonstrate your interest in Sewanee.

  4. Complete the Fellowship in the Arts Application by December 1.

Apply for need-based financial aid

1. Choose Early Decision ISpring TransferEarly ActionEarly Decision II, Regular Decision, or Fall Transfer as your admission program.

2. Complete the Common Application, selecting the application program you have chosen.

3. Fully review comprehensive information on need-based financial aid at Sewanee.

4. Complete the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE by your admission program's deadline.

5. Demonstrate your interest in Sewanee.

Need-based financial aid details

Deferring enrollment

Having successfully found Sewanee’s admission website, you are probably here because you are in the midst of your college search and Sewanee is on your radar. You may have navigated to this page and something about the term gap year caught your attention. These are both excellent signs, and let me assure you, they are not mutually exclusive.

While many families consider the ability for their student to participate in a gap year a separate consideration entirely from that of their college search, Sewanee doesn’t quite see it that way. The qualities of a Sewanee student fall neatly in line with the idea of a year of directed discovery. Our students are self-motivated and driven to explore. They are unafraid to follow their passions even if they may lead them down a path less travelled. Whether that path leads a student to explore a service opportunity, experience abroad, or maybe work or internship opportunities on a local level, we at Sewanee realize just how valuable those formative experiences can be. When students arrive on our Domain, they are expected to bring their entire breadth of experiences and perspectives to bear both inside the classroom and out. When we consider an application, we are looking for indications that a student will be able and willing to contribute to a class discussion on Friday and then to a service opportunity on Saturday morning.

I would encourage you to think of your gap year as an integral part of your education, rather than a yearlong hiatus from it. By thinking about this opportunity as another piece of a larger process, you can truly begin to connect your passions outside the classroom with the work you do within your curriculum. Because of this, we believe that it makes sense to apply to a university with the expressed intention of pursuing a gap year opportunity. By focusing on your college application during your senior year, you put yourself in a position to focus your attention entirely on your gap year project (not to mention that sigh of relief when you gain admission in the spring). It also affords Sewanee the opportunity to support you, both when you embark on your year of directed discovery, as well as when you begin your transition to campus the following fall.

Sewanee is excited to accommodate a wide variety of gap year programs and resources for students interested in taking a one-year deferred enrollment. Each student will be expected to provide a directed plan of action, whether they are planning on working, traveling, or participating in one of many accredited gap year programs or organizations. Here, you will find a collection of some of the programs our students have worked with in the past, along with a few ideas for those interested in striking out on their own. Be creative, make it your own, and don’t be afraid to stretch yourself. We look forward to hearing about your exciting plans.

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

Key terms for applying

Cost of attendance: Total direct expenses (tuition, fees, room and board) for the 2016–17 academic year are $54,500. Sewanee offers an innovative tuition guarantee.

Common Application: An online application accepted by most colleges, including Sewanee. Sewanee accepts the Common Application exclusively.

Standardized test scores: ACT and SAT accepted and “super scored” by taking the best score from each section from all sittings submitted.

Test optional: Submitting standardized test scores as part of your application is optional. If you apply “test optional,” you choose not to submit your scores.

Demonstrated interest: Engagement with the Office of Admission through campus visits, college fairs, off-campus appointments, high school visits, phone calls, etc. A review of demonstrated interest is part of the application review process.

Binding admission: A type of admission program that includes the applicant’s commitment to enroll at Sewanee should he or she be admitted.

Non-binding admission: A type of admission program in which the applicant does not commit to enroll at Sewanee should he or she be admitted.

Financial aid: Scholarships and need-based financial aid.

Scholarship: A type of financial aid offered based on academic performance only.

Need-based financial aid: A type of financial aid offered based on academic performance and family income.

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Passing Hello

GOING BEYOND THE 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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