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Colleges / The University of the South

The University of the South

Sewanee, TN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate60%
Acceptance Rate60%

About Sewanee

The University of the South Overview

The University of the South is a private, religious school in the small town setting of Sewanee, Tennessee. Sewanee was founded in 1857 and the school currently enrolls around 1,820 students per year, which includes 1,735 undergraduate students. Sewanee provides housing for up to 1,718 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 98% of students spend their weekends on campus.

📆 Mark your calendar! February 1, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by March 15.

Student Activities at Sewanee

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Sewanee's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Sewanee students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? Sewanee has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Sewanee has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Sewanee on the Student Life page.

2022 Sewanee Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 60%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 72%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 78%
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 78%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 25%
Tuition $50,874
Percent of Need Met 87%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $44,922

Is Sewanee a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can provide a sense of how competitive a university is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer view of what Sewanee offers and if the college seems like a good choice for you.

Sewanee Acceptance Rate 2022

It is very difficult to get into Sewanee. Sewanee admitted 60% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 4,162 students applied to Sewanee and 2,508 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Sewanee

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Sewanee, around 90% return for the next year. 80% of Sewanee undergrads graduate within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Sewanee Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Sewanee directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Sewanee's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of The University of the South's endowment was $519.1 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $16,181 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Sewanee

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Sewanee meets 87% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $44,922 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $28,874 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Sewanee.

Based on this information, does Sewanee seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Sewanee a good school for you?

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Where is The University of the South Located?

Sewanee is located in the small town setting of Sewanee, Tennessee, in the suburbs of Chattanooga.

If you would like to see Sewanee for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 24 to Sewanee, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Chattanooga Metropolitan.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Sewanee and Sewanee are like without leaving home.

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College Info

735 University Avenue Sewanee, TN 37383-1000

Campus Setting: Small Town

Sewanee Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Sewanee is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Sewanee is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Sewanee ACT Scores


ACT Range

26 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


26 to 31


26 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Sewanee is 28. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into Sewanee. Students with an ACT score that falls between 26 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 26 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Sewanee SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1210 - 1380


Math SAT Range

590 - 690


Reading SAT Range

610 - 700

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1380 and Above


1210 to 1380


1210 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Sewanee students is 1292. Applicants with SAT scores of 1380 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Sewanee, while applicants with SAT scores between 1210 to 1380 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1210 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Sewanee.

Sewanee Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Sewanee is like? There are approximately 1,820 students enrolled at Sewanee, including 1,735 undergraduate students and 85 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 22% percent are from TN and 78% percent of students are from other states.


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