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

International Application Checklist & Timeline
Applicant submits
Free Common Application Roughly 7 business days after submitting, we will email Applicant Status Page login credentials. 
SAT/ACT scores (optional) Applicants choose on the Common Application if they would like to submit SAT/ACT scores or apply test-optional. Self-report your scores for free here.
English Proficiency Exam Review the requirements and waiver details.
Financial Documents All international applicants must submit financial documents.  
Applied Early Decision? Submit the early decision agreement.
high school Submits
Official High School Transcript Submit an English copy via or by email
School Profile Submit an English copy via or by email
2 Letters of Recommendation We require 1 core teacher and 1 college counselor/principal recommendation. 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


Connect with us!

We encourage prospective students, parents, and counselors to engage with Sewanee at one of the following virtual events! 

  • 15 on the 15th: On the 15 of each month, March 15 through December 15, fifteen liberal arts and sciences colleges across the U.S. will join together with current students from their respective colleges to offer you a virtual session.
  • VirtU-8: VirtU-8 is a group of eight diverse institutions in the United States, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. Events change in Spring and Fall so continue to check back. 

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. It is helpful for us to receive an optional InitialView interview or for you to connect with a current student. 

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I have all additional documents in? 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.


Joe Rodgers