Sewanee students, faculty members, and even residents tend to greet one another on the street even if they are complete strangers. You’ll find it pretty hard to make it from your residence hall to the dining hall without exchanging at least a few passing hellos!


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Demonstrated Interest

Sewanee is a close-knit community and one that benefits from students who are “all-in”.

Welcome back to “The Passing Hello!” This week’s post features another aspect of the application review process: demonstrated interest. Here in the Office of Admission, we get many questions about what counts as demonstrated interest and how it’s used in the review process. Don’t worry, I’ll discuss all of that here as well as ways that you can engage during these uncertain times. 


Sewanee is a close community and one that benefits from students who are “all-in”. Because of this, a review of your engagement with our office through campus visits (online or in person), college fairs, off-campus appointments, high school visits, emails, phone calls, etc., is part of our holistic application review process. We usually say that demonstrating your interest throughout the application process will not make or break your application, but it is an important piece of us getting to know you better and vice versa. If you’re interested in learning more about our holistic approach to reviewing applications, feel free to check out our recent podcast episode


Engaging with your admission counselor is a great way to get a better understanding of Sewanee and all parts of the application process. Applying to college can be stressful and unfamiliar for many students, and that’s exactly why we’re here. Reaching out and engaging with the admission staff only helps you in the process. It also helps us get to know you better and have additional context for your application. 


In this time of uncertainty during COVID-19, we understand that in-person opportunities are limited. That’s why we currently offer many virtual visit opportunities as well as one-on-one counselor appointments. We’re here to help, and we look forward to getting to know you throughout this process. 


For more information on ways to communicate with your admission counselor, please check out this blog post by Faith Vaughn. 


Until next time, 

Lateishia Spencer