Currently the seminary has 80 students enrolled in the residential programs. Over the past three years, the seminary has enrolled, on the average, 24 students per year in the three-year residential M.Div. program. The Advanced Degrees Program students (summer term) number 66. There are an additional 15 students enrolled in the non-degree program for a total of 161 year-round students.
Students come to Sewanee from 39 dioceses across the United States—as far away as Hawaii and Washington state—and internationally from the Diocese of Central Liberia, Tanganyika, Malawi, and Bermuda. For information about students, please contact Sandra Brock, registrar, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 931.598.1342.
The new classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018 include 27 new students enrolled in a variety of degrees including M.Div., M.A., and D.A.S., and represent 39 different dioceses from all regions of the country including Hawaii. Five international students hail from Southern Malawi, Bermuda, Tanzania, and Liberia. Tewnty percent report ethnicity other than Caucasian. Thirty-eight percent of the class is female and 62 percent is male. Thirty-nine percent of the new students are single and 61 percent are married. The School of Theology continually aspires to be a more diverse and welcoming community in every sense of the word.
The School prides itself in having a flourishing community for its seminarians, faculty, and staff alike. It is this traditional residential model—of worshiping together, living together, and studying together—that has the proven benefit of building relationships across all possible boundaries and forming priests for the challenges of today's church.
The School of Theology is actively engaged with the students to assist them in finding employment upon graduation. According to a survey by the CPG Research Group, Church Pension Fund, on Episcopal seminaries in January 2012, School of Theology alumni/ae have the highest rate of employment, 88%, after five years after graduation. Since 2012, 100% of those graduates seeking placement have found employment within three months of graduation.
The School of Theology of the University of the South offers generous financial aid to supplement seminary students’ own resources and the financial support of the parishes and dioceses that send them. The majority of our students graduate with little to no theological education debt.