Application Review


There's No Place Like Home... Or Stirling's

January 12, 2018

Sewanee's own student-run coffeeshop, Stirling's, is a gathering place for students and community members alike. Read on to see how one student, Madison Bunderson, fared without Stirling's for an entire semester!

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Here's where we get to know you. 

Your application gives us a glimpse into your experience as a high school student, a teammate, a member of your community, and so much more. Here are a few things you should know as you get started:

  • Students applying to Sewanee have performed well in their classes. Typically, Sewanee applicants are close to the following academic criteria: 
    • Average GPA of 3.68
    • Middle 50% SAT range of 1230-1410
    • Middle 50% ACT range of 27-31
    • Most applicants to Sewanee demonstrated a rigorous curriculum, featuring a mix of AP, IB, or honors courses. 
  • Typically, successful Sewanee applicants are on track to complete:
    1. Four years of English;
    2. Two or more years of a foreign language;
    3. Three or more years of math, including algebra I, algebra II and geometry;
    4. Two or more years of laboratory science;
    5. Two or more years of social science, including history;
    6. Strong high school performance demonstrating consistent or increasing strength in coursework. 
  • Sewanee accepts only the Common Application. Here are the things we are looking for when we read yours:
    1. Essay written clearly and passionately;
    2. Extracurricular activities such as clubs, sports, church groups, or work experience with demonstrated leadership;
    3. Two positive recommendations: one from a junior/senior core curriculum teacher, one from a school counselor, and up to two recommendations from church leaders, work supervisors, or volunteer coordinators;
    4. Competitive ACT/SAT scores for students who choose to submit them.
  • In addition to being an excellent resource for admission information, your admission counselor is the first person to review your application. Get to know them by attending college fairs, visiting our campus, or just sending them an email. 

  • Sewanee is a close community, and one that benefits from students who are 'all-in'. Because of this, a review of your engagement with our office through campus visits, college fairs, off-campus appointments, high school visits, phone calls, etc. is part of our application review process. 
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