Sewanee: The University of the South

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The University of the South, also known as Sewanee, is located between Nashville and Chattanooga, atop the picturesque Cumberland Plateau. The small enrollment fosters a strong community resulting in close faculty-student relationships. Physically beautiful Sewanee encompasses 13,000 acres fondly called The Domain.

Visitor Information: Tour Sewanee

Stay: Right on campus is the beautiful Sewanee Inn with gorgeous vistas of the rolling Tennessee mountaintop plateau. Book ahead as they only have 43 rooms.  The Holiday Inn Express and the American Eagle Inn are also good options.

Coffee: Stirlings is a coffee house owned by the University and operated by students set in a charming yellow Victorian house right on campus.

Breakfast: If you are staying at the Sewanee Inn, head to a delicious breakfast right in the hotel at Eighteen58. The Blue Chair Cafe is two minutes from campus and offers good coffee and a hardy breakfast.

Lunch: Student go-to Shenanigans offers good burgers, pizza and salads. Stirlings is also a popular go-to for lunch.



Casual: For dumplings and more from the Pacific Rim go to Cross Roads Cafe specializing in Singaporean cuisine. Around seven minutes away, Sewanee students head to Mountain Goat Market for their delicious pizzas as well as sandwiches.


A Step Up: Presumably financed by Al Capone, High Point is a true steakhouse housed in a beautiful 1920’s mansion. On the Domain,  Modern American Ivy Wild's menu is based on using the best seasonal and local ingredients. The atmosphere is relaxed and the food is delicious at Shakerag.

Local Attractions: Bring your hiking shoes! One student tells us: The best part about our beautiful school is the easily accessible hikes and views. The 22 mile “perimeter trail” goes around the entire exterior of the 13,000 acre campus. If you do not have to time conquer that, you could always do a portion of it or hike down to the majestic Bridal Veil Falls. Stunning views can be seen from Piney Point (about a 1 mile hike), Greensview (no hike required), Morgan’s Steep (amazing at sunset) or the Cross - I’d strongly recommend hiking from Morgan’s Steep to the Cross.


Anyone who has any affiliation with the school would agree that Sewanee is the greatest place in the world. The people, the buildings and the landscape are truly amazing and unlike anywhere else.
— Katie
Although the town and the school might be small, don’t allow that to keep you from attending Sewanee. I promise you will never be bored nor will you ever know everyone on campus. I can guarantee that Sewanee will undoubtedly be one of the greatest/most cherished experiences of your life!!!
— Tucker





Sewanee Tiger

School Colors

Purple & Gold

Acceptance Rate


Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

ED1,ED2 and EA








Admissions Office

735 University Avenue
Sewanee, TN 37383-1000

(p) (931) 598-1238
(f) (931) 598-3248

LeeAnn Backlund, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division III

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

John Meacham
Gene Robinson

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