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Sewanee: The University of the South

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Sewanee: The University of the South  735 University Avenue  Sewanee, TN 37383


Sewanee: The University of the South

735 University Avenue  

Sewanee, TN 37383



CAMPUS AT A GLANCE (brief description)

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. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate teaching assistants, and close faculty-student interaction ensures that each student enjoys a rich and personal educational experience. It is not unusual for students and faculty members to work shoulder to shoulder on research projects and journal articles, to meet for coffee at a local eatery, or to serve together as members of the university orchestra, volunteer fire department, and other civic groups.


The result of such individualized education is clear in the academic success of Sewanee students and alumni. The university has had 26 Rhodes Scholars—a number that puts Sewanee in the top four nationally among American liberal arts colleges—as well as 27 NCAA Postgraduate Fellows, 42 Watson Fellows, and dozens of Fulbright Scholars, and has an acceptance rate to graduate and professional schools that far outpaces its peers. The School of Theology has added to its alumni ranks countless bishops, including three of the last four presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church.


Sewanee offers 36 majors, 32 minors, and 15 special programs, along with pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-law, and pre-business. More than 40 percent of students participate in study-abroad programs, and a comprehensive endowed program that provides financial support for summer internships has greatly strengthened career development for undergraduates.


In an era of specialization, Sewanee upholds the broad-based ideals of liberal education as a surer means to success. At the University of the South, the adherence to outstanding liberal arts education and enduring traditions of honor, community, and respect have transformed many generations of students, and have earned the abiding loyalty and support of alumni who are enjoying lives of integrity, leadership, and service.


The University is located atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sewanee’s physical environment, which includes the 13,000–acre Domain (as the campus and surrounding area is known), provides a remarkable academic and recreational resource, and an unparalleled place in which to study and reflect. It invites students to engage in both a multitude of outdoor activities and careful study of the natural environment.


As the University celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2007–2008, it looked back on a rich history and forward to new opportunities for the next generations. “The essence of Sewanee is consistent from generation to generation,” said Vice Chancellor emeritus Joel Cunningham. “We are a university dedicated to liberal education, to time-honored traditions, and to our commitment to serve our students and this nation. We have been successful in advancing our mission, and I believe we have the resources and the will to ensure that Sewanee’s best years are still to come.”




Location: Sewanee, TN

Enrollment: 1478

Other interesting tidbits:  The University sits atop the Cumberland Plateau, between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sewanee’s 13,000-acre campus—affectionately called the Domain—features forests, meadows, lakes, caves, more than 50 miles of trails, and 15 miles of rock outcroppings for students to explore.  



Name of Campus-Wide Center: Community Engaged Learning

Relevant website: http://academics.sewanee.edu/cel 


Type of Program: Sewanee Bonner Leaders Program

Year Begun: 2011, first recruited Bonner class:  2012-13

Bonner Program website: http://academics.sewanee.edu/cel/bonner


Number of Bonner Scholars/Leaders: 19

Active in Bonner AmeriCorps Ed Award: 2

Active in Other AmeriCorps Ed Award:

Active in Learn & Serve CBR:no

Active in FIPSE Civic Ed Certficate/Minor:  no



President: Dr. John M. McCardell Jr.

Center Director:  Dr. Jim Peterman (jfpeterm@sewanee.edu)

Bonner Coordinator:  Robin Hille Michaels (rhille@sewanee.edu)
Bonner Office Intern:  Megan Hall: (hallmc0@sewanee.edu)

Bonner Senior Intern: Caitlin-Jean Juricic (juricca0@sewanee.edu)

Bonner Congress Representatives: not determined yet



MORE ABOUT US (our partners, trips, structure, best or unique practices)

At Sewanee, we understand that there are ways to learn that have nothing to do with sitting at a desk.  Our students participate in service and community engagement in a number of ways:

  • Through roles as volunteer EMTs and firefighters
  • On service break trips over fall, winter, and spring break (trips go to New Orleans, Miami, New York, Haiti, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Jamaica)
  • By living in community with a focus on community in our Community Engagement House
  • As part of Alpha Phi Omega, a new co-ed service fraternity
  • In connection with one of the 15 - 20 community engagement courses offered each semester
  • Through paid service internships, either during the academic year as Canales or Bonners, or during the summer months with the Lilly Summer Discernment Institute, SEED: Social Entrepreneurship Education Program, Tonya Public Affairs Internships, Biehl International Research Internship Fund, ACE internships, or doing collaborative research with faculty.  





Feel free to upload photos, especially of events like Orientation, First Year Trip, Second Year Exchange, Congress Representatives and Senior Interns, Campus-Wide projects, or the Bonner community.  Provide brief captions if you can.

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