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University of the South: Narrative Description


735 University Ave.
Sewanee, TN 37383-1000
Tel: (931)598-1000
Free: 800-522-2234
Admissions: (931)598-1238
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Independent Episcopal, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's and first professional certificates. Founded 1857. Setting: 10,000-acre small town campus. Endowment: $232.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $60,235. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,930 per student. Total enrollment: 1,492. Faculty: 175 (137 full-time, 38 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 2,070 applied, 64% were admitted. 40% from top 10% of their high school class, 67% from top quarter, 92% from top half. 13 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 1,364 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 21 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 44 states and territories, 78% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 4% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 1% 25 or older, 92% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; English; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. Comprehensive fee: $32,700 includes full-time tuition ($25,374), mandatory fees ($206), and college room and board ($7120). College room only: $3640.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 110 open to all; national fraternities, local sororities; 65% of eligible men and 55% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Sewanee Outing Program, Community Service Council, Student Activities Programming Board, student radio station, BACCHUS (alcohol and drug education). Major annual events: homecoming, Parents' Weekend, Fall and Spring Party weekends. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, security lighting. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Jessie Ball duPont Library with 648,459 books, 328,090 microform titles, 3,444 serials, 72,964 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2 million. 92 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Sewanee is located on the Cuberland Plateau. It has an average temperature of 57 degrees and an average rainfall of 58 inches. Summer nights are cool and there is some snow in the winter. Churches, a hospital and clinic, and several civic and service organizations are a part of the community. Job opportunities are limited. Seventeen lakes in the surrounding area provide facilities for a number of sports, swimming, boating, fishing, and skating. Other activities are hunting, camping, mountain climbing, golf and tennis. There are many tourist attractions in this area.

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