Sewanee Outing Program's PRE Orientation

August 19-22, 2020

Students canoeing PRE students welcome Girl with helmet climbing


Students helping each other in physical activity     Matt Cappelman on a Slip n Slide ‌‌‌    PRE Students covered in mud

PRE-Orientation offers incoming first year students the opportunity to get to know Sewanee in a unique and exciting atmosphere. While familiarizing themselves with the 13,000-acre Domain, students meet other first-year students and upperclassmen in an environment that creates trust and establishes new friendships.

Whether rock climbing for the first time, crawling through winding passages in Walker Springs Cave, or building a house with Sewanee Outreach, PRE-Orientation provides memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

During PRE, 210 students will have the opportunity to experience outdoor trips that are available on and near campus. In addition to two campouts, students will participate in three of the following six activities: rock climbing, caving, hiking, ropes course, canoeing, and outreach. PRE concludes with Contra Night, which includes a live band, wacky dress, and a fun hootenanny with new friends.

Who Participates?

PRE-Orientation is intended for incoming first-year students and transfers.

When is PRE?

August 19-22, 2020


$260 (You will be able to pay with a credit card when registration opens in April).

Financial Aid

Aid is available on a need basis. You will be able to apply for financial assistance when you register for PRE in April. Make sure to upload a letter on the registration form stating both the reason you are requesting aid and the amount of aid necessary for you to attend PRE. Please email John Benson ( if you have any questions regarding financial aid. 


  1. Registration begins in April.
  2. You can pay online with a credit card from your applicant status page when you register.
  3. Fill out the PRE transportation form after you register so that we know how you plan to arrive on August 19.


Students need to arrive in Sewanee on Wednesday, August 19 between noon and 3:00 p.m. Those students that are flying in should arrive at the Nashville Airport (BNA) between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Groome Transportation provides shuttle service from the Nashville Airport.  Please select Monteagle as your dropoff location.  We will provide a University shuttle from Monteagle to campus for PRE. The best plan is for the student to arrive on their own via plane or car on August 19 and have their parents meet them here on campus at their dorm room on the morning of Saturday, August 22, for the start of formal orientation. (See Driving Directions to Sewanee.)

Packing for PRE

We request that you bring just enough belongings to take part in PRE. Please see our Gear List to determine what you should bring. Participating in PRE allows you to move directly into your permanent residence hall on August 19. You will be able to return to your room each day to change and shower.

The rest of your possessions not found on our Recommended Gear List can arrive on Saturday or Sunday. If you need to bring all of your belongings on Wednesday, you can store them in your permanent residence hall room and unpack at the end of PRE.

Alternatively, parcel post is available to Sewanee via UPS. Label boxes with your name and the following address:

(Your Name)
Class of 20__
735 University Ave
Sewanee, TN 37383-1000


Parents accompanying participants will not be able to see them until PRE is over.  For this reason, we encourage parents to arrive on Saturday, August 22, in order to help their son/daughter completely move into the dorms.  This is also the beginning of formal orientation. 

Sports Conflicts

If you are involved in varsity sports, please check with your coach to be sure your pre-season training schedule allows you to attend PRE. Football, field hockey, soccer, and volleyball currently conflict with PRE.

Note: FYP and PRE occur at the same time, so students may only choose to do one. 

There are 210 spots available in this program. Spots are filled on a first come, first served basis.  Registration opens in April!