Curious about how COVID-19 may impact applying to or enrolling at Sewanee? Check out these FAQ's.


Prospective Students

What if my upcoming ACT or SAT test has been canceled?

Sewanee's test-optional admission policy allows you to choose to submit your ACT, SAT, or no scores at all. If you take the SAT or ACT at a later date and decide you want to submit your scores, you still have until your admission deadline to do so.  

Can I still visit campus?

The Office of Admission is open for self-guided and guided campus tours for Juniors and Seniors in high school. Furthermore, there are many ways for you to explore campus virtually.

What about demonstrated interest if I am unable to visit campus?

Sewanee is a close community and one that benefits from students who are “all-in.” However, we have always taken a broad view of demonstrated interest. Demonstrated interest is not limited to campus visits. We encourage students to engage with us through our virtual sessions, email, and phone calls. 

I’m currently in high school, and all of my extracurricular activities have been canceled. Will this affect my admission in the future?

We completely understand that this spring may look a little different from normal. No need to worry; we will take all of that into consideration when reviewing your application in the future. We would also love to hear how you’ve been keeping busy during this time of social distancing. Read more here.

My high school will now be using a pass/fail grading system. Will this have an impact on my admission decision? 

Sewanee is committed to working with high schools as grading practices evolve, and we plan to be flexible as we review applications. 

My family and I are concerned about college affordability. How does Sewanee plan to support students financially? 

Sewanee has expanded its financial aid program to meet the full need of admitted students who qualify for financial aid. At Sewanee, meeting full need means that financial aid, including federal student loans and work, covers the difference between the cost of attendance and the expected family contribution determined by FAFSA and CSS Profile.  

Admitted Students

How can I learn more about Sewanee? 

Admitted students are encouraged to visit campus in person. Everyone at Sewanee is here for you, virtually! You can schedule a phone call with your admission counselor, sit in on a student panel through Zoom, tune in online to a Sewanee Session, explore campus, and connect with our office through social media. 

I have questions about financial aid. Whom should I contact? 

The Office of Financial Aid is here to help! Please email or call by dialing 931.598.1312. 

Is New Student Orientation proceeding as planned? What about PRE and FYP? 

At this time, there are no plans to delay the start of the Advent semester, which means that New Student Orientation, PRE, and FYP are moving ahead as planned. We will keep you updated if plans change. 

Is the deposit deadline still May 1?

For you, as admitted students, the Office of Admission is making a promise to be flexible with the May 1 deposit date. We want to be sure you are confident in your decision, and we know that extenuating circumstances may make that difficult. If you are having trouble meeting the deadline for any reason, please reach out to your admission counselor. We are sensitive to your needs during these challenging times.

My school is closed, and submission of my final transcript may be delayed. Will that impact my enrollment? 

No. We understand that many schools are closed and that this may delay the submission of your final high school transcript. The University will continue to be flexible. 

Will changes in my senior year courses/AP tests, etc., affect my admission decision?

Admission decisions will not be changed based on things that are out of your control, such as your high school’s changing curriculum or your inability to take AP or IB exams. 

What if I want to take a gap year? 

Admitted students may still apply to for a gap year for a full academic year. Questions about deferring your enrollment should be directed to Senior Assistant Director of Admission Taylor Baird.

How has the University responded to COVID-19? 

Current information on Sewanee’s response plan can be found here

If you are an international student, please check out these FAQ's.

Have a question that is not answered here? Email your admission counselor.