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The University of the South

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

Sewanee Admissions

If you are applying to Sewanee, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is February 1 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who apply to Sewanee for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 15.

Sewanee Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Sewanee's admissions stats.

Sewanee 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 33%
Mean SAT Score 1292
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 25%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 49%
Waitlist Yes

The University of the South Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for The University of the South.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 15 January 30
Early Action Yes December 1 January 30
Regular Decision Yes February 1 March 15

Considering Applying Early to Sewanee?

Sewanee offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before January 30.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is December 1. Sewanee will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 30.

The early decision acceptance rate at Sewanee is 72%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 60%.

Sewanee accepts approximately 78% of early action applicants and 60% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Sewanee admitted 139 of the 194 students who applied early decision. Last year, Sewanee admitted 1,622 of the 2,87 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college in hopes that it will increase their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it demonstrates your interest in a school.

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

More on The University of the South Admissions

Transferring to The University of the South

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Sewanee

Sewanee has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Sewanee?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Sewanee

Wondering what factors are considered by Sewanee during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with Sewanee for more information on admission factors.

Sewanee 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Interview √
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement √
Transcript of High School Record √

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Sewanee?

Sewanee has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 29% submitted a class rank. At Sewanee 33% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 71% were in the top 25% and 96% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At The University of the South, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 ––
3.50 and 3.74 ––
3.25 and 3.49 ––
3.00 and 3.24 ––
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Sewanee directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Sewanee looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 25% of Sewanee's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 49% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Sewanee?

To be competitive with other Sewanee applicants, you should strive to score between 1210 and 1380 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Sewanee 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1380 and 25% of scored lower than 1210, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Sewanee student is 1292.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Sewanee students scored 690 or higher and 75% of students scored 610 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Sewanee students scored 700 or higher, and 75% scored a 610 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Sewanee?

To be most competitive at Sewanee, you should strive to earn between 26 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Sewanee's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Sewanee students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on 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:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Spring Term

Sewanee Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Sewanee?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Sewanee.

Does Sewanee accept transfer credits?

βœ… Sewanee accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

βœ… 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 may want to send 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?

βœ… The acceptance rate for Sewanee is 60%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Sewanee?

βœ… Sewanee's early decision acceptance rate was 72% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Sewanee?

βœ… The early action acceptance rate at Sewanee was 78% 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 60%. This means that the institution accepts 60 out of every 100 applicants.


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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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Campus Setting

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Tuition and Fees

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