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Colleges / The University of the South

The University of the South

Sewanee, TN 4-Year Private

About Sewanee

The University of the South is a private, religous school located in the small town setting of Sewanee, TN, less than an hour from Chattanooga.

Founded in 1857, the institution currently enrolls around 1,800 students a year, including 1,716 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $419,515,040. The school spends $19,034 for each full-time student enrolled.

Admissions Facts About Sewanee

Acceptance rate: 56%

Mean ACT score: 27

Mean SAT score: 1248

Early Decision or Early Action: Yes/Yes

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: February 1

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: March 15

Sewanee Acceptance Rate

Sewanee is a very difficult school to get accepted to. Around 56 percent of all applicants to Sewanee are accepted each year.

Admitted students have a mean score of 1248 on the SAT. The mean ACT scores is 27.

In 2021, 625 applicants were waitlisted and 16 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is Sewanee a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Sewanee, around 86 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 466 students who started at Sewanee as first-time freshman, 353 graduate within four years.

Sewanee's six-year graduation for undergrads is 80 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 63 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $29,676 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Sewanee sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Sewanee a good school for YOU?

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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

25 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above


25 to 30


25 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Sewanee is 27. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into Sewanee. Students with an ACT score that falls between 25 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 25 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Sewanee SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1160 - 1330


Math SAT Range

570 - 660


Reading SAT Range

580 - 680

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1330 and Above


1160 to 1330


1160 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Sewanee students is 1238. Applicants with SAT scores of 1330 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Sewanee, while applicants with SAT scores between 1160 to 1330 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1160 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Sewanee.

Sewanee Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


In State


Cost Breakdown
In State
State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at Sewanee is like? There are approximately 1,768 students enrolled at Sewanee, including 1,695 undergraduate students and 73 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 21% percent are from TN and 79% percent of students are from other states.


Full Time


Part Time


In State



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