Applying to college can be stressful. We hope these FAQ's can help get you started and should you have additional questions, please reach out to your admission counselor.


First-Year Applicants

  1. Where can I apply? Sewanee only accepts the Common Application
  2. How much does it cost to apply? It's free.
  3. What can I apply? The Common Application opens in the spring of your Junior year. You can begin to add schools to your Common Application in August of your application year. 
  4. What are the deadlines to apply? You can choose your admission deadline that is right for you when you add Sewanee to your Common Application.
  5. When will I hear back on my admission decision?  Check out our admission timeline for more details.
  6. I submitted my Common Application, am I done? No. Your application will remain incomplete until all additional requirements are met. In order to keep track of what is required, please visit your Applicant Status Page. Login credentials are emailed to you shortly after we receive and verify your Common Application.
  7. Where can my high school submit my documents? We prefer you send all documents through the Common Application. Admission documents can be sent via email to your admission counselor
  8. When should I have all additional documents in? All documents must be in by your application deadline. We highly recommend submitting your Common Application 1-2 weeks prior to your deadline.
  9. Can I submit test scores after my admission deadline? No. If you are planning to apply with test scores, all documents must be in by your application deadline.
  10. Should I contact a Sewanee admissions counselor? When? How? Yes. Contact with your admission counselor is always a good idea. Not only are they often helpful through the process, but it also demonstrates your interest in Sewanee. 
  11. Can I submit a resume? Yes. Email it to your admission counselor.
  12. Can I upload an art portfolio? Yes. After applying, you'll be able to upload this directly to your Applicant Status Page. Please do not email these to us. Alternatively, students with exceptional promise in performing or studio arts can apply for Fellowship in the Arts which requires a portfolio. 
  13. Should I submit all of my SAT or ACT scores? It's up to you. Sewanee ‘superscores’ ACT and SAT scores, which means that we combine the highest individual section scores from each test that you submit. Alternatively, because Sewanee is a test-optional institution, applicants are not required to submit test scores at all. Students will specify this option when they submit their Common Application. 
  14. Do you require SAT subject tests or the optional ACT Writing Test? No. However, if a student would like to submit SAT subject test scores or ACT Writing Test scores, we will evaluate those scores as supporting documents to the application. We do encourage home-schooled students to submit SAT subject tests in areas other than math and English.
  15. I am Homeschooled, am I required to submit my SAT and ACT scores? No. Sewanee does not require homeschool applicants to submit the SAT or ACT.
  16. Will Sewanee 'superscore' my English Proficiency Exam? No. Sewanee does not superscore any english proficiency exam.
  17. I am an International Homeschool applicant, what application checklist should I follow? All international students will be reviewed as international applicants. They will follow both the homeschool and international first-year or transfer checklist.  
  18. Do I need to apply for scholarships? Applicants are automatically considered for all academic scholarships from Sewanee when we have a completed application. Admitted students are invited to apply for a fellowship in the arts scholarship. 
  19. Do I need to apply for financial aid? Yes. Students who wish to apply for need-based financial aid should review those requirements. Financial aid deadlines align with your application deadline.
  20. Does Sewanee offer any athletic scholarships? No. As an NCAA Division III school, Sewanee is not able to offer athletic scholarships.
  21. 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.  

  22. I have questions about financial aid. Whom should I contact? The Office of Financial Aid is here to help. 

  23. Can I get college credit for Advanced Placement (AP), A-level, or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses? Yes. Review our transfer credit policy.
  24. Can I get college credit for dual/concurrent enrollment courses? Yes. The Office of the University Registrar assess transfer work on a course-by-course basis to determine comparability to courses offered by the College and applicability toward a University of the South degree. Student’s who matriculate as first-year students may be granted a maximum of 32 semester hours for work completed from any source prior to high school graduation. Please review the online catalogue for more details. 
  25. Can I visit campus? Yes, we are allowing visitors to campus. Please visit visit.sewanee.edu for more details around in-person and virtual options.

  26. 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. 

  27. 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.

  28. 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. 

  29. 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. 

Transfer Applicants


  1. Who counts as a Transfer Applicant? Transfer applicants are students who have graduated from high school and enrolled into an accredited college or university. 

  2. What if I enrolled at another school, but did not complete a full semester before deciding to transfer to Sewanee? A transfer applicant must have enrolled to another accredited institution. Even if no credits have been earned, if a student has graduated from high school and has enrolled at an accredited college or university we will review that student as a transfer applicant. 
  3. What if I'm a high school student taking courses at a nearby college (dual-enrollment)? Students who are taking advantage of dual enrollment coursework while in high school are not considered transfer students.
  4. Am I eligible for scholarships and financial aid as a transfer applicant? Yes, transfer students are eligible for both academic scholarships and need-based financial aid. Incoming first-year students are awarded funding before transfer applicants, making transfer aid more competitive than that of first-year students. As a result, the review process for transfer applicants is need-aware. 
  5. What is Sewanee's Transfer credit policy? Check out the College Catalog and the Student Guide

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