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Sewanee Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Sewanee, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 15.

Sewanee Admissions Stats at a Glance

Sewanee 2021 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 31%
Mean SAT Score 1248
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 40%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 62%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to Sewanee?

The University of the South offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/15.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is December 1, which is coming up fast! Sewanee will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 30.

The early decision acceptance rate at Sewanee is 65%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 56%. Sewanee accepts about 76% of early action applicants and 56% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Sewanee admitted 170 of the 260 students who applied early decison. Last year, Sewanee admitted 1,492 of the 1,975 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Sewanee?

Getting into Sewanee is very difficult. Sewanee evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Sewanee accepted 56% of students, around 2,350 of the 4,191 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Sewanee, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

In 2021, Sewanee waitlisted 625 students. Of those, 156 eventually were offered a spot.

What Does Sewanee Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Sewanee

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Important

Sewanee Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Sewanee must submit the following items. Double check with Sewanee's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Sewanee?

Out of all students that were admitted, 33% submitted a class rank. At Sewanee 31% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 66% were in the top 25% and 89% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At The University of the South, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 33%

Sewanee considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Sewanee is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 40% of Sewanee's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 62% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Sewanee?

To be competitive with other Sewanee applicants, you should strive to earn between 1160 and 1340 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Sewanee 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1340 and 25% of scored lower than 1160, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Sewanee student is 1248.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Sewanee students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 600 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Sewanee students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 600 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Sewanee?

To be most competitive at Sewanee, you should strive to earn between 25 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Sewanee's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Sewanee students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

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Transferring to The University of the South

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Sewanee.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is April 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Sewanee during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Sewanee Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Sewanee?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Sewanee.

Does Sewanee accept transfer credits?

Sewanee accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Sewanee accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Sewanee accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Sewanee?

No, Sewanee is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Sewanee's acceptance rate?

Sewanee's acceptance rate is 56%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Sewanee?

Sewanee's early decision acceptance rate was 65% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Sewanee?

The early action acceptance rate at Sewanee was 76% in 2021.

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Sewanee Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Sewanee? Sewanee is a very selective institution. The Sewanee acceptance rate is 56%. This means that the institution accepts 56 out of every 100 applicants.



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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 - 1340


Math SAT Range

560 - 670


Reading SAT Range

600 - 670

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1340 and Above


1160 to 1340


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Sewanee students is 1248. Applicants with SAT scores of 1340 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Sewanee, while applicants with SAT scores between 1160 to 1340 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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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