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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, 37 minors, two certificate programs, and pre-professional programs in business, medicine, education, engineering, and law. Sixty percent of Sewanee students choose both a major and a minor. Eleven percent of students double major. 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 Average class size: 17

Most popular majors: Economics, English, history, psychology, biology, international and global studies, politics, environmental studies-natural resources, Spanish, anthropology Graduate school acceptance rates: law, 95%; medicine, 95% Top career fields for alumni: education, law, medicine, finance Recent student recognition: In the last few 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 227 students to work at otherwise-unpaid internships all over the world. • 99 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. Ninety-nine percent of seniors rate their overall experience “excellent” or “good.” • Sewanee fields teams in 24 varsity sports and several

club sports. About 30 percent of students partici pate in intercollegiate sports • Students are strongly encouraged to have an

international experience, and the University offers a wide array of study-abroad programs.

STUDENT BODY College • 1,710 enrolled students from 45 states and the District of Columbia, with 54 international students from 26 countries • 52 percent women; 48 percent men • Multicultural students make up 17 percent of the

student body

• Student-faculty ratio is 10:1

The School of Theology • 83 students enrolled in academic year programs; ordination-track students represent 39 dioceses • Student-faculty ratio is 5:1 • Education for Ministry, an extension program of lay

theological education, has enrolled more than 92,000 participants since 1975, and now has more than 8,700 active students worldwide. COLLEGE CLASS OF 2019 Applications..................................................... 4,509 Enrollment....................................................... 469 Middle 50% range of SAT combined........ 1730-1960 Middle 50% range of ACT............................ 26-30 Mean high school GPA.................................. 3.66 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. 2015-16 tuition and fees:.............................. $38,428 Room and board:............................................. $11,050 College comprehensive fee:......................... $49,750 (guaranteed for four years for the Class of 2019) COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID • Percentage of full-time undergraduate students in the College that receive financial aid: 79.9 percent • Percentage of class of 2018 receiving financial aid (grants and scholarships, work-study, and need based loans): 85 percent • Average financial aid package (grants and scholar ships, work-study, and need-based loans): $25,311


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 of the Episcopal Church 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, 2015) was $378 million. • Gifts to the Sewanee Annual Fund for 2014-15 totaled almost $3.88 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.

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Profile for The University of the South


2015–2016 overview of the University of the South for alumni, parents, and prospective students


2015–2016 overview of the University of the South for alumni, parents, and prospective students

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