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 Common Application if you would like to submit your SAT/ACT scores or apply test-optional
English Proficiency Exam Review our requirements or how to request a waiver. 
Financial Documents All international applicants must submit financial documents.  
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

It's important for applicants to meet the required deadlines and please know that documents take time to be marked as received. Supporting documents include transcripts, recommendation letters, school profile, exam scores, financial documents and/or anything listed on your Sewanee Applicant Status Page.

Admission Round Common Application deadline Supporting documents deadline Admission & scholarship notifications Deposit deadline
Early Decision I Nov. 15 Nov. 19 Early December Jan. 15
Early Action Dec. 1 Dec. 6 Late January May 1
Early Decision II Jan. 15 Jan. 21 Early February March 1
Regular Decision Feb. 1 Feb. 8 Early March May 1


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Scholarships & Aid

All applicants applying to Sewanee have at least two types of aid available, academic aid and need-based aid. Please review the requirements in the link below.

English Proficiency

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

Review & Timeline

Every application submitted to us is reviewed by multiple members of the admission staff. We're looking to say yes and it's how you craft your application that gives us the ability to do so. Be sure you understand our review process and admission timeline.

International Transfers

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


We do not take interview requests. We will interview every international applicants that we are considering for admission.  It is 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 class. Sewanee's enrolled students from JCB Public Senior Secondary School (Shimla), Riverside School (Ahmedabad), Indus International School Pune (Pune), Heritage School - Vasant Kunj, and Emerald Heights International School. 

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.