See what students say:


The unique mountaintop Tennessee location allows the University of the South, known as Sewanee, to utilize “our beautiful campus not only as a classroom but also as a tool for learning itself.” Whether you are studying the humanities—being treated to “a good amount of instruction...outdoors”—or studying the hard sciences the “natural biodiversity of the campus” is appreciated. As the school is predominantly an undergraduate institution, students report that “all of the research opportunities professors have go to us, which rocks.” And for teachers who don’t naturally have research, the “incredible” small class sizes\ and low studentteacher ratio means there’s ample time to make “connections and [get] excellent letters of recommendation for graduate school.”

Courses on campus are primarily discussion based, so students are constantly “encouraged to participate and voice their ideas.” They also provide a lauded flexibility: “I don’t think I’ve had a stereotypical final exam in my entire time at Sewanee. Most of the time, we are actively applying our studies or content to real-world problems or something that will help us in our field.” One first-year student particularly loved “a final project that was both chemistry and art based, joining the two subjects together in a lab setting with the creation of cyanotypes.”

Student Body

“People don’t choose to come here just because of the academics. They choose to come here because of the strong community.” They also come for the setting, which means you’ll find a lot of “nature lovers, the type of people who write songs about a view and sit outside when they study” as well as “athletes, outdoorsy kids, pre-professional kids who are really focused on their studies, and many more groups.” Regardless of background, the consensus is that “everyone meshes well together,” though some note that the “environment definitely caters to more extroverted people” and that it’s “no secret that Sewanee students love to party.” Overall, students are united by a “genuine passion amongst our student body for social justice and community service.” This sentiment is visible on campus daily as “people at Sewanee smile at strangers when they walk by, even if it feels awkward, out of the innate belief that they might be a friend later or maybe just that it’ll brighten someone’s day.”

Campus Life

Sewanee’s 13,000 acre campus, The Domain, “is unbeatable.” One student emphasizes that “being on the secluded mountain with your classmates, peers, and most of your professors brings the community closer together.” The on-campus farm provides another opportunity for students to enjoy the outdoors: “We get to hang out with animals whenever, make our own food and food for the community, and spend some quality time with our peers outdoors while still getting to work hard to take care of our community.”

“The social scene is driven by Greek Life; however, all parties are open to the entire community.” There’s also the incredibly popular Sewanee Outing Program, which has events that “are always cool” and then there’s plenty of celebrated canoeing, mountain biking, running, climbing, and spelunking throughout the Domain, while others love just “looking at the stars with friends.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Office of Admissions
735 University Ave.
Sewanee, TN 373831000



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Outdoor recreation on Sewanee's 13,000 acre campus
Biehl Commons
Wellness Commons
Stirling's Coffee House
Abbo's Alley Ravine Garden

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Tennesse Aquarium
Nashville concerts and events
Monteagle Assembly
South Cumberland Recreation Area
Chattanooga shopping areas

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; select Saturdays
M-F: 8am-4:30pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Monday through Friday at 9:15 am & 1:15 pm; some Sat 10:00 am
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Monday through Friday at 9:15 am & 1:15 pm; some Sat 10:00 am

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
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Advance Notice

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Nashville International Airport is 90 miles from campus. The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport is 50 miles from campus. Rental cars are available at these airports, and shuttle service is available from the airports for students traveling alone. Contact the Office of Admission for details. The University has its own airport in Sewanee, a mile and a half from campus. The 3,500-foot runway is available to private planes; call 913-598-1910 for further information. The University can provide a car at the Sewanee airport for visitor use. Greyhound bus lines serve Monteagle, which is 4 miles from Sewanee. If you notify the admissions office well in advance, it will provide transportation to and from the bus station.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-24 (between Nashville and Chattanooga), take Exit 134 (Monteagle) to Hwy. 41N. After approximately 4 miles, pass through the stone columns and turn right onto University Ave. The admission office is approximately 1 mile down University Ave. on the right, across from the main quadrangle and All Saints' Chapel. If you are traveling south on Hwy. 41, Sewanee is 6 miles east of Cowan. At the top of the mountain, turn left onto University Ave. at the small group of shops. Proceed up the hill to the heart of campus. The admissions office is on the left side of the street across from the main quadrangle and All Saints Chapel.

Local Accommodations
For on-campus convenience, character, and fun, the Sewanee Inn (931-598-1686) has it all. Built from mountain stone with cathedral ceilings, the rooms include a continental breakfast. Alternatives include the Best Western Smoke House (Monteagle; 913-924-2091), a motel with cabins in the back and an outdoor pool; the Monteagle Inn (931-924-3869); or the Edgeworth Inn (931-924-2669), just seven miles from the university. The inn's moderate price includes a full southern breakfast with biscuits. It's fun to explore the 96 acres of this Victorian village. The inn is also great for hiking and biking. The Assembly grounds are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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Acceptance Rate: 51%



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