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Sewanee - The University of the South Overview

Sewanee - The University of the South is a private not-for-profit institution located in Sewanee, Tennessee. Sewanee is located in the countryside, which is perfect for students who enjoy a rural lifestyle.

What Is Sewanee - The University of the South Known For?

432 Undergraduate Awards
$40,741 Avg Cost After Aid
47% Acceptance Rate
  • Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at Sewanee since the student to facuty ratio is 10 to 1.
  • The student loan default rate at Sewanee is 3%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at Sewanee is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 87% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Sewanee with a bachelor's degree make about $45,500 a year. That's 12% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • It takes the average Sewanee student 4.0 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Sewanee - The University of the South Rankings

We have ranked Sewanee as #382 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. Sewanee also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Tennessee ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Sewanee.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Theological & Ministerial Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Theology & Religious Vocations Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Medieval Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Theological & Ministerial Studies Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Value Theology & Religious Vocations Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Most Popular Sustainability Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Sewanee has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Best Value Colleges for International Studies College Factual
#5 Best Colleges for International Studies College Factual
#17 Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies College Factual
#68 Highest Paid Social Sciences Graduates College Factual

Where Is Sewanee - The University of the South?

Location of Sewanee - The University of the South

Contact details for Sewanee are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37383-1000
Phone: 931-598-1000
Website: www.sewanee.edu
Facebook: http://facebook.com/sewanee
Twitter: http://twitter.com/univofthesouth

How Do I Get Into Sewanee?

You can apply to Sewanee online at: new.sewanee.edu/admission-aid/application-process/

Admission Requirements for Sewanee

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Sewanee?

47% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to Sewanee. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 47%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 42%, and the acceptance rate for women is 51%.

Can I Afford Sewanee - The University of the South?

$40,741 Net Price
37% Take Out Loans
2.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Sewanee is $40,741. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Sewanee, approximately 37% of students took out student loans averaging $5,194 a year. That adds up to $20,776 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Sewanee is 2.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Sewanee - The University of the South Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,671 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,695 undergraduate students at Sewanee, with 1,671 being full-time and 24 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Sewanee

There are also 73 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,671 full-time undergraduates at Sewanee, 49% are male and 51% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Sewanee

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Sewanee - The University of the South students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Sewanee Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 22
Black or African American 68
Hispanic or Latino 88
White 1,375
International Students 64
Other Races/Ethnicities 54

Geographic Diversity

Tennessee students aren't the only ones who study at Sewanee - The University of the South. At this time, 36 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 34 countries are represented at Sewanee. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Nigeria, and Hungary.

Sewanee - The University of the South Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Economics 61 0 0 0 61
General Psychology 50 0 0 0 50
General English Literature 40 0 4 0 44
Political Science & Government 41 0 0 0 41
General Biology 33 0 0 0 33
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 2 24 5 31
History 30 0 0 0 30
Natural Resources Conservation 27 0 0 0 27
International Studies 26 0 0 0 26
Sustainability Science 16 0 0 0 16
Fine & Studio Arts 16 0 0 0 16
Romance Languages 15 0 0 0 15
Writing Studies 0 0 12 0 12
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 7 0 0 0 7
Area Studies 7 0 0 0 7
Chemistry 7 0 0 0 7
Computer Science 6 0 0 0 6
Anthropology 6 0 0 0 6
Drama & Theater Arts 6 0 0 0 6
Mathematics 5 0 0 0 5
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 4 0 0 0 4
Geological & Earth Sciences 4 0 0 0 4
Physics 4 0 0 0 4
Ethnic Studies 3 0 0 0 3
Classical Languages & Literature 3 0 0 0 3
Germanic Languages 3 0 0 0 3
Philosophy 3 0 0 0 3
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 2 0 0 0 2
Religious Studies 2 0 0 0 2
Music 2 0 0 0 2
Medieval Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Forestry 1 0 0 0 1
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 432 2 40 5 479

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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