First-year international applicants are students who plan to enroll at Sewanee as first-time international college students.

International Application Checklist
Applicant submits
Free Common Application Roughly 7 business days after you hit submit, we will email your Applicant Status Page login credentials. 
SAT/ACT scores (optional) You will decide on your application if you would like to submit your SAT/ACT scores or apply test-optional. You can self-report your scores.
English Proficiency Exam Review our exam requirements.
Financial Documents Sewanee requires financial documents of all international applicants. 
Applied Early Decision? Submit the early decision agreement.
Request from your high school
Official High School Transcript Your high school must submit an English copy via or by email
School Profile Your high school must submit an English copy via or by email
2 Letters of Recommendation We require 1 core teacher and 1 college counselor/principal recommendation. Your recommenders must submit an English copy via or by email


International Transfers

All international applicants will be reviewed by the International Enrollment Coordinator. This includes all international first-year and transfer applicants. 

English Proficiency

Sewanee considers several standardized tests to evaluate English language proficiency and we reserve the right to require additional exams. 

Scholarships & Aid

All applicants applying to Sewanee have at least two types of aid available, academic aid and need-based aid.


We offer invitation-only appointments with international applicants that have completed their application and are competitive in our applicant pool. If a student is invited for an online appointment, they will be conducted by the International Enrollment Coordinator and are required. It is often helpful for us to receive an optional InitialView interview or for you to connect with a current student.

Next Genius

Since 2019, Sewanee has partnered with the Next Genius Scholarship Program to recruit and award scholarships to students from India. Sewanee provides one full tuition award in each cohort. We've enrolled 5 students from the following high schools: JCB Public Senior Secondary School (Shimla), Riverside School (Ahmedabad), Indus International School Pune (Pune). 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Sewanee have a supplemental essay? How much does it cost to apply? Is Sewanee test optional? All of these questions and more answered below.


Any student who is not a U.S. citizen will qualify as an international applicant. The University of the South is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. Be sure to review the below resources on Sewanee.

Admitted Students

Your Domain

Excited to begin your journey here on the Mountain? This is where you can make your enrollment deposit, register for an admitted student event, keep up with our Sewanee Sessions, and learn more about the people, places, and opportunities you will soon be acquainted with.

Office of Global Citizenship

From your application through your graduation (and beyond!), we support your academic, social, and personal endeavors with international student orientation, immigration and acculturation advising, off-campus trips, on-campus events, Friendship Families, and more.