It's time to start thinking about the courses you might take in your first semester at Sewanee, and we've gathered everything you'll need right here.

Find Your Academic Passion

steps to completing your Course Selection form:

Step 1: Watch the above video!

Step 2: Review our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Step 3: Look over all the available courses for incoming First-Year Students or Transfer Students.

Step 4: Make a list of twelve (12) different courses from the First Year Course Listings:

  • (4) courses should relate to your areas of academic interest (including a potential major—but know that all incoming students are considered "pre-major": you'll get to explore before committing!);
  • (4) courses should be in new and intriguing disciplines you want to explore;
  • (4) additional courses that you find interesting, including courses that seem challenging—but you're up for the challenge!

Step 5: Complete all prompts and submit the twelve courses on your Course Selection Form on your Applicant Status Page from June 6 to June 30.   See here for additional tips on the course selection process.


In July, after students have completed their course selection form, a team in the Office of Integrated Advising will be making schedules and registering students in their fall classes, based on the information provided on their forms.   

Students will meet with their assigned faculty advisor during orientation in August at which time they may discuss their schedules and will be eligible to make changes, if desired.

Academic Guides

Academic Guides will build you a balanced schedule of four classes from the twelve you select. They will do so based on the preferences and interests you express on your Course Selection Form (CSF), and will also keep information in mind from your academic inventory, student life requests, athletics, and more. In early August you will receive an email announcing that your schedule is ready to be viewed with instructions on how to access it. As you work through the CSF, be sure to check the Frequently Asked Questions for help.


While these faculty members have their own areas of specialty, they are all experienced advisors who are qualified to discuss all areas of our curriculum. Beginning in June, you can email the Guides or set up an appointment to ask questions or receive assistance. Check back here for more information about scheduling an appointment.

For this year, your Academic Guides are:

Dr. Don Rung

Dr. Rung holds a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. Dr. Rung currently teaches in Sewanee's French and French Studies department.

Dr. Robert Bachman

Dr. Bachman holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Rice University with a focus in inorganic, organometallic, and organic chemistry. Professor Bachman's current research focuses on the construction of new metal-containing liquid crystalline materials with potentially useful physical properties.