2014–2015 overview of the University of the South for alumni, parents, and prospective students
2014–15 SNAPSHOT About SEWANEE The University of the South consists of a College of Arts and Sciences, a School of Theology, and a School of Letters, a summer master’s degree program in English and creative writing. The College offers 36 academic majors, 35 minors, and pre-professional programs in business, medicine, education, engineering, and law. About half of Sewanee students choose both a major and a minor. The School of Theology, an accredited Episcopal seminary, offers study within degree programs, extension programs, and continuing education programs. The University, familiarly known as Sewanee, was founded in 1857 and is owned by 28 dioceses of the Episcopal Church. It is located on 13,000 acres atop the Cumberland Plateau, making it the second largest campus in the U.S. COLLEGE ACADEMICS Sewanee has produced 26 Rhodes Scholars, 45 Watson Fellows, 30 NCAA Postgraduate Scholars, and dozens of Fulbright Scholars. Average class size: 15 Most popular majors: Biology/biochemistry, economics, English, environmental science and natural resources, foreign languages, history, international and global studies, visual and performing arts Graduate school acceptance rates: business, 90-95%; law, 90-95%; medicine, 80-85% (national average is 42%) Top career fields for alumni: education, law, medicine, finance Recent student recognition: In the last four years, Sewanee students and alumni have been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, 13 Fulbrights, six Watson Fellowships, five National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, three NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, a Goldwater Scholarship, and a Freeman-ASIA Award. THE UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE • The 13,000-acre campus, which features forests, bluffs, meadows, lakes, and caves, is a significant research—as well as recreational—resource for students and faculty. • Endowed funds for internships allow students to make the most of opportunities. Last year, Sewanee awarded almost $400,000 to 220 students to work at otherwise-unpaid internships all over the world. • 96 percent of students live on campus. • According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, Sewanee students are much more likely than those at similar schools to interact with faculty members outside the classroom. 97 percent of seniors rate their overall experience “excellent” or “good.” • Sewanee fields teams in 24 varsity sports and several club sports. Thirty percent of students participate in intercollegiate sports, and about 60 percent participate in intramural sports. • About half of Sewanee students are active in community service projects. • Students are strongly encouraged to have an international experience, and the University offers a wide array of study-abroad programs. STUDENT BODY College • 1,631 enrolled students from 45 states and the District of Columbia, with 52 international students from 24 countries • 51.5 percent women; 48.5 percent men • Multicultural students make up 18 percent of the student body • Student-faculty ratio is 11:1 The School of Theology • 83 students enrolled in academic year programs; ordination-track students represent 36 dioceses • Student-faculty ratio is 5:1 • Education for Ministry, an extension program of lay theological education, has enrolled more than 90,000 participants since 1975, and now has more than 8,600 active students worldwide. COLLEGE CLASS OF 2018 Applications..................................................... 2,978 Enrollment....................................................... 466 Middle 50% range of SAT combined........ 1700-2030 Middle 50% range of ACT............................ 27-30 Mean high school GPA.................................. 3.69 COLLEGE TUITION AND FEES In 2011, Sewanee lowered tuition and fees for thencurrent students by 10 percent. Since 2012, new students entering Sewanee have been guaranteed that the tuition they pay will remain level for four years. These moves were made to address the spiraling cost of higher education. 2014-15 tuition and fees:.............................. $37,100 Room and board:............................................. $10,600 College comprehensive fee:......................... $47,700 (guaranteed for four years for the Class of 2018) COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID For the 2013–14 academic year, 69 percent of degree-seeking undergraduates received financial support in the form of institutional scholarships and need-based grants. The average institutional scholarship/needbased grant for the 2013–14 year was $18,897. NOTABLE ALUMNI Sewanee alumni have a record of achievement in a broad array of fields. A few alumni of note include: Stephen Alvarez, C’87, photojournalist for National Geographic Ramona Doyle, C’81, Rhodes Scholar, consulting professor of medicine at Stanford University Lydia Fenet, C’99, international director of strategic partnerships for Christie’s The Most Rev. Edmond Lee Browning, T’54, 24th presiding bishop and advocate for the poor Jon Meacham, C’91, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, executive editor at Random House Anson Mount, C’95, actor (“Hell on Wheels”) and playwright The Rev. Becca Stevens, C’85, chaplain at Vanderbilt, founder of Magdalene and Thistle Farms, White House “Champion of Change” Ning Tang, C’99, founder and CEO of CreditEase FINANCIAL FACTS • The market value of the University’s endowment at the end of the last fiscal year (June 30, 2014) was $374 million. • Gifts to the Sewanee Annual Fund for 2013-14 totaled almost $3.8 million, with 38 percent of alumni participating. SUSTAINABILITY • On Sewanee’s 13,000-acre mountaintop campus with rich natural resources, a commitment to sustainability is inextricably tied to the ethos of the University. The University’s strategic plan calls for Sewanee to “attain excellence … in programs for the study of the natural environment and the disciplined practice of sustainable living.” • Sewanee has joined more than 650 other universities in signing the Presidents’ Climate Commitment. • Sewanee’s Climate Action Plan sets a long-term goal of creating a carbon-neutral campus by 2030 and a near-term goal of reducing energy usage by at least 10 percent over the next three years. • The University has received grants to fund sustainability projects and interns who will develop energy-efficiency programs on campus. • New buildings on campus meet either LEED certification standards or Sewanee’s own stricter standards. Visit www.sewanee.edu for more information. 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37383 For information about Sewanee, admission, or campus visits 800.522.2234 or 931.598.1238 firstname.lastname@example.org admission.sewanee.edu The University of the South’s policy against discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation is consistent with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 34 CFR Part 106, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and 34 CFR 104.7, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008. In addition to contacting the Associate Provost for Planning and Administration, who is the compliance coordinator, persons with inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 may contact the Regional Civil Rights Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region IV, 61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 19T70, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.