Sewanee The University Of The South

Known familiarly as “Sewanee” by its students, faculty, staff and friends, The University of the South offers an unmatched educational experience. The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community.



Sewanee was founded in 1857 by clergy and lay delegates from Episcopal dioceses throughout the south. They selected a site in Sewanee, atop the Cumberland Plateau about 50 miles west of Chattanooga, and local landowners and the Sewanee Mining Company donated nearly 10,000 acres for the enterprise.


The University of the South is an institution of the Episcopal Church dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom in close community and in full freedom of inquiry, and enlightened by Christian faith in the Anglican tradition, welcoming individuals from all backgrounds, to the end that students be prepared to search for truth, seek justice, preserve liberty under law, and serve God and humanity.


Assistant Professor of Biology, Kristen Cecala, was awarded a grant from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.  Coupled with internal support, this grant provides funding for Sewanee students to conduct research with Professor Cecala on predictors of salamander distributions on the Cumberland Plateau. Specifically, the research will evaluate variables that limit the distribution of the Cumberland Dusky Salamander, a recently described species only found on the Cumberland Plateau.


Career and Leadership Development staff members coach students and alumni as they explore and pursue career possibilities and develop their leadership abilities. We assist in this process by helping students connect their strengths, interests and skills with knowledge about careers as they prepare for lives of leadership and service both within and beyond the gates of Sewanee.


Student services

  • Admission & Financial Aid
  • Registrar
  • Residential Life
  • Dean of Students

Housing services

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (as amended in 2008) have set out key expectations/requirements that we as an institution need to meet. The most frequent ADA-related request the University receives involves students seeking accommodations for documented learning differences, psychiatric illnesses, and/or physical disabilities.

Library services

The primary mission of the Jessie Ball duPont Library is to provide the members of the academic community with access to resources that support the current and anticipated instructional, research, and service programs of the University of the South. In addition, the Library contributes to the culture and informational resources of the surrounding community.

ICT services

Computers with access to the Internet are available on all floors of the library.  

Students, faculty, and staff doing academic research have preference. Community members should use the computers on the main floor of the library.

We reserve the right to limit the amount of time an individual user can devote to a single session.

Medical services

All students must have health insurance coverage. A copy of the student’s insurance card is to be provided to the registrar during orientation. Students will not be allowed to attend classes without proof of insurance.

Student Life

Campus life

The Residential Life Program at Sewanee involves a very high percentage of the student body. Over 98% of undergraduates live in the residence halls and as a result our facilities have been consistently filled at capacity for the past few years. Housing options for undergraduate students currently include: 15 coeducational halls, two all male halls, two all female halls, a women's center, four language houses, a special hall for student emergency personnel (firefighters), several theme houses (Community Engagement House, Green House, Gender and Sexual Diversity House) and Greek housing.

Sports facilities

  • Indoor running/walking track
  • 3-court multi-purpose recreation area
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fitness room
  • Free weight room
  • Indoor tennis courts
  • Squash and raquetball courts
  • Bouldering wall
  • Locker rooms

Student clubs

With over 75 student organizations, 20+ Greek organizations, hundreds of leadership opportunities, a variety of club sports and over 20 varsity sports programs in addition to PE courses and an intramural program — students have many opportunities to engage, to learn and to lead at The University of the South.


The University of the South is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctorate degrees. 

Winchester, Tennessee, United States