We 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. Socially, Sewanee is not for everyone. 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
Advent (Fall) Semester direct billed expenses: $25,011
Room and board: $5,525
Easter (Spring) Semester direct billed expenses: $24,739
Room and board: $5,525
Estimated annual indirect expenses (books, personal supplies, travel): $2,200 Total including estimated indirect expenses: $51,950 Estimated additional annual direct expenses for international students: ≈$2,000 Total including estimated indirect expenses (international students): $53,950
At 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