Sewanee, TN
Sewanee-The University of the South


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Recent Reviews

Hallie
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Sewanee is a place that fosters friendship and learning in a beautiful beautiful atmosphere.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Sewanee is a place that fosters friendship and learning in a beautiful beautiful atmosphere.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell a student to go with their gut. Visit a school as many times as you need to figure out where you fit best. Trust that everything will all work out. Once you are attending a college make the most of it. Explore extracurricular activities and take advantage of all your college has to offer. Sign up for clubs and make friends. Don't just focus on grades, those are important, but so is having a true college experience.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known how different college would be. I love going to Sewanee but the transition from high school to college is extremely difficult.

Henry
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Have the kids visit each school. You can only learn so much, and only the presentable things, from interviews and tours and ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Have the kids visit each school. You can only learn so much, and only the presentable things, from interviews and tours and information sessions. The best way to get a feel for the college you want to attend is to stay with one of the students, with similar academic and extra-curricular interests, so that you can tell what you can look forward to at each school.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

NOT ENOUGH SCHOOL SPIRIT, NO OFF CAMPUS HOUSING FOR ANYONE NOT A SENIOR, need a wider variety of business/ economics classes

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

School that balances schoolwork with having fun without sacrificing the true values of education, friendship, and motivation associated with all liberal arts colleges.

Liaren
Describe the students at your school.

Versatile; my classmates are not only willing to share notes but also hang out on the weekends at parties and just be your fr...

Describe the students at your school.

Versatile; my classmates are not only willing to share notes but also hang out on the weekends at parties and just be your friends, even if they're not your best friends.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The key to finding the perfect fit for college is simply to try it on. Like any article of clothing, a college may seem like the right size or look while still on the hanger, but you will never know for sure until you try it on. Thus, before making any big decisions about where to attend school, both parents and students should make a conscious effort to visit a school. Students should try to stay for a weekend and immerse themselves into campus life. Visit a class or spend some time with current students. Try it on for size and see if it actually fits. If it does not, then they should make the necessary adjustments in their search by finding a smaller or larger school, picking one that comes in different colors or majors, etc. Once they have chosen that perfect fit, they should put it to good use. Gloves may fit like a second skin, but if you never wear them then your hands will stay cold. If a student does not get involved in campus life and their school then it doesn't matter how perfect the school is for them. Get involved. Use it.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

We live in the middle of nowhere. If you're used to a big city, then you're going to have to learn to find things to do out in the country: either become an outdoors person or learn how to amuse yourself. And if the weather is really bad, don't bother venturing down the mountain. Sewanee fog will get you killed.

Bakari
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Find the place that best suites your tastes and don't be afraid to apply because of money; money is always available in the f...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Find the place that best suites your tastes and don't be afraid to apply because of money; money is always available in the for of a scholarship or Financial Aid.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

As culturally open as it is, it still is not as open as it should be.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

At times it is entirely too small. It's easy for people to start rumors about you.

Ted
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Start early. Make sure you look at a broad range of schools. If you can, visit each school and meet with current students. Spend the weekend at the school to get a feel of it. Also, apply early and revise, rewrite and reread your admissions essays until they are the best you can write them.

Kenneth
What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

With so many opportunities for engaging in the community, Sewanee can be overwhelming at first. It can seem like everyone els...

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

With so many opportunities for engaging in the community, Sewanee can be overwhelming at first. It can seem like everyone else has it all figured out, knows their niche. A lot of folks come from old money, from private schools and boarding schools, are legacies; these people appear to have a leg up on the guy arriving sight unseen. Perhaps that's just reflective of the anxieties of a college freshman, but it proved a real struggle for me. However, it also spurred me to diversify my interests in order to get to know my entire community.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The stats and statistics never paint the full picture, they never come close. Look at the community the school is in, find out how the school develops students' lives beyond the classroom, and don't let one aspect of a school dissuade you.

Jonte
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

A student should have been thinking about their life as an adult before they reach their junior year in high school. Those wh...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

A student should have been thinking about their life as an adult before they reach their junior year in high school. Those who do will have made critical course selections and involved themselves in their communities. However, very few sixteen year olds see beyond the next week. So parents, talk to your daughters and sons about more than what clothes they are wearing, or how loud their music is, or why they haven't cleaned their room in the last month. Help them get to know themselves on a deeper level than peer pressure dictates; then they will have a better sense for the right college. Talking should not equate to lecturing, it should be dialogue coming from all points of view. Allow them to have differences of opinion to yours, be open minded to their ideas, and help guide them to build critical thinking skills. The freshman year away from home is quite a shock if it is their first encounter with time or money management; important decisions. With all that good advice being taken, the family has its best chance at selecting a school to match a specific career goal, or support system, or social environment. Good Luck!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The weeks when three of your four professors give you three days to read hundreds of pages and write insightful responses to questions that you must create based on what enlighted you in the given readings.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The accademically demanding course work will make you anticipate a relaxing vacation, but once you are away for a summer you long to be back on the mountain where nature blends with intellectual minds to create a stimulating balance of activities.

Bridgette
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College is about what you make of it. No one college is a perfect fit for anyone. I was always afraid of choosing the wrong s...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College is about what you make of it. No one college is a perfect fit for anyone. I was always afraid of choosing the wrong school and ending up miserable for four years, but after choosing a school that seemed at odds with everything I wanted in a college, I decided to make the most of the opportunities it provided. As a result I experienced four years I will remember and appreciate the rest of my life. I got involved in various groups around campus and made incredible friends. Also to future college students - As a freshman it may seem as if you have all the time in the world to decide on a major and future career. Believe me when I say that four years will be over before you know it, so please make the most of those years, both adademically and socially. Study, study, study! And remember, as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you."

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The school is extremely expensive, so it is often a struggle for some students to find scholarships and financial aid.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The campus is unique with its wooded environment. It is a very small, close-knit community where the professors often develop close relationships with their students, and one in which you will meet your life-time friends.

Whitney
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Whether one finds them through handbooks, word-of-mouth, or pamphlets in the mail, after creating one's short list of prospec...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Whether one finds them through handbooks, word-of-mouth, or pamphlets in the mail, after creating one's short list of prospective universities, choosing the right one can be agony. Like real estate, the most important and final criteria for choosing the right university is location, location, location. Prospective students need to consider long and hard if they can actually picture themselves living at a certain campus for four years. Students with concrete interests in pre-professional fields such as pre-law, pre-med, or engineering need schools with strong programs in those fields; otherwise, students less certain about their futures should consider liberal arts colleges, which often provide more options and more sympathetic faculty advice concerning potential career plans. The final most important standards to apply to all potential colleges is availability of financial aid and professor to student ratios. Other than that basic checklist, visitation is key--if the campus looks right, if the weather's right, if it feels right, then it's probably a good match. Once a student settles in, focus on academics rather than too many extracurriculars can lay the foundation for the strong freshmen GPA which can make or break grad school applications.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Any person wanting to live in a fast-paced, urban environment would hate it on our campus. There isn't a city until an hour away in any direction. Also, minorities with strong and expressive cultural identities either learn to adapt to the environment or transfer to more ethnically diverse campuses in larger cities. Finally, anyone with a strong interest in a pre-professional major such as Pre-Law, Pre-Med, or Engineering should choose a less liberal arts-focused school .

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Sewanee is a close-knit, community-oriented small campus isolated on a rural mountain; its academic focus is not only on grades but also toward creating well-rounded, socially-conscious citizens with strong desires to serve their communities both locally and abroad.

Megan
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Just follow your heart, use the gut feel, and once you make a decision, don't look back !!

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Just follow your heart, use the gut feel, and once you make a decision, don't look back !!

What's unique about your campus?

The smallness of the school is the greatest thing about Sewanee. I did not know at first if I would like that or not having gone to a small private school in Macon, but I ablsolutely love the small class sizes and the fact that you can get to know everybody , including the school president ! I have a real feeling of belonging, togetherness and sense of community that I have never felt before in my life .

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are wonderful people who I interact with on a daily basis. We all have a great time and can pick each other up if the need arises. Since I am atheater major, I have a lot of demonstrative classmates, and it is interesting to see each students' personality evolve through the year.

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  • $38,816
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  • 44%

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