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Make it a grrreat summer!

Tiger Tip #1: Watch your inbox for ways to make the most of your summer.

The Sewanee Tiger has a busy summer in store–helping you get into college. Click the link below to watch our first Sewanee Session, where we introduced the Tiger Tips and answered your questions about what is to come! Stay up to date with Sewanee's Tiger Tips this summer to keep your college application requirements from hanging over your head this fall. Make the most of summer. Enjoy your senior year!

Tiger Tip #2: FAFSA Overview

Get your FSA ID today! You can file your 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid as early as Oct. 1. Check out the link below for our second Sewanee Session about completing the FAFSA, one of the first steps toward finishing your college application. Starting early can help ease some of the pressure. If you run into any snags, feel free to contact our Office of Financial Aid. Our staff will be happy to walk you through any step of the financial aid process. Don’t be shy about asking—we’re here to help you and your family.

Tiger Tip #3: The Common Application

As early as Aug. 1, your college application will be at your fingertips. Creating your Common Application account will be your first step to applying to Sewanee. Listen in to our third Sewanee Session, where we will talk about filling out the Common Application and how to use it to research and apply to hundreds of Universities across the country. There is no place like Sewanee and its 13,000-acre mountaintop classroom. With the Common Application, applying has never been easier. Sewanee is truly just one click away: select the “Add to My Colleges” section at the bottom of your page and add Sewanee to your list. Remember, there is no application fee to apply to Sewanee.

Tiger Tip #4: The College Essay

Get started on those college essays this summer. Listen in to our fourth Sewanee Session where we will talk about brainstorming, writing, and editing (and then rewriting) the Common Application essay. While you’ve got the time (and no homework!), summer is a great time to start thinking about your college essay. It’s tough to get it right on the first try, and the essay is one of the most important pieces of your college application. Use it to unfold those life-changing events in vivid detail, or to talk about those experiences that are central to your identity. 

Tiger Tip #5: Recommendation Letters

When you send off that college application in the fall, you won’t be the only one to write about you. Many colleges and universities require both a teacher and a counselor recommendation. Listen in to our fifth Sewanee Session where we discuss recommendations, types of college interviews, and how to best approach conversations with an admission office. Now is a great time to think about the teachers who watched you grow over the course of your high school career, or the mentors who challenged you and saw you succeed. These teachers will be able to tell us exactly what kind of student you are, and why we need you at Sewanee.

Tiger Tip #6: Visit Sewanee

Visiting a college campus is like trying on a shoe. They all look great in pictures, but it’s really best to try them out for yourself to make sure they fit. Sewanee has plenty of virtual visit options to help you explore the Domain from the comfort of your home. Listen in to hear our sixth Sewanee Session, a webinar where we'll discuss on-campus visits and how to best navigate virtual visit options. Without homework every night, summer can be a perfect time to attend a virtual campus visit, take a virtual campus tour, or learn from our webinars about campus life here on the Mountain. It’s hard to imagine how much there is to do when you have 13,000 acres to explore.

Tiger Tip #7: Financial Aid

For many students and families, financial aid is one of the most daunting aspects of the college decision maze. But it doesn’t have to be. Sewanee’s Office of Financial Aid has the map to success. Tune in below to our seventh Sewanee Session where we built upon the conversation from Tiger Tip #2 and discuss the financial aid process in more detail. By taking time to familiarize yourself with things like the FAFSA form, the CSS Profile, and other key documents, you’ll find the college application process to be a breeze. Our staff is ready and willing to make sure that these steps are as clear and straightforward as possible, so get ahead by contacting them early with your questions. Remember, Sewanee meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all first-year first-time students.

Tiger Tip #8: Applying to Sewanee

Few things in life are free, but your application to Sewanee is one of them. Tune in below to our eighth Sewanee Session where we discussed the Sewanee application process. On Aug. 1, you'll be able to submit your Common Application to Sewanee. Submitting your test scores is now easier than ever, too. Log on to our self-reported score form to submit your test scores today. With no additional supplementary essays or materials, and no application fee, applying to Sewanee is about as straightforward as it can be. For more information on exactly what we’re looking for in a future Sewanee student, check out our admission requirements.

Tiger Tip #9: The Domain

So, why Sewanee? We think we have some great answers to that question. How many universities can offer a 13,000-acre classroom? What about the longest continuously published literary quarterly in the country, the Sewanee Review? Or the oldest college football field in the South? Tune in below for our ninth Sewanee Session, a webinar where we will explore all that Sewanee's 13,000-acre Domain has to offer. Perhaps you would like to take part in some of the Sewanee Outing Program’s weekly outings to the greater Cumberland Plateau area, or you’ve brought your chalk and climbing shoes and are ready to start climbing, or perhaps you’re ready to start playing some frisbee golf.

Tiger Tip #10: The Field Guide

Sewanee students discover all that this place has to offer over their four years here, but it’s always nice to have a place to start. We dreamed up just about as good a starting place as we could manage. Tune into our tenth Sewanee Session where we will discuss the Field Guide to the Domain, your one-stop shop for everything Sewanee. It’s a little book that captures all the big things happening right here on the Mountain. Want to learn more about Sewanee’s academic programs? The Field Guide’s got ’em, starting on page 142. Wonder why those Sewanee students wear gowns? Turn to page 44. Quick reference for local flora and fauna? Yep, it's in the Field Guide. Page 114. If you know that Sewanee is your top choice, consider applying Early Decision today!