To commemorate 50 years of coeducation at Sewanee, we have created a portal for you to share your Sewanee story. Open to alumni, faculty, staff, and other Sewanee community members, all of these stories will be preserved in the University Archives. We can't wait to hear about your experiences on the Mountain.
celebrate 50 years of women on the mountain!
When the University of the South first admitted women as full-time first-year undergraduate students in 1969, Judith Ward Lineback was the first to matriculate. She was one of 103 women to enter Sewanee that fall, beginning sweeping changes in the College and the community. By 1971 women made up 16 percent of College students; 10 years later, they were 43 percent of the student body. Women made an immediate mark on the academic life of the University, with members of that first class being initiated into Phi Beta Kappa and other honors organizations. And although the road to athletic inclusion was somewhat bumpier (no locker rooms existed), before long women’s teams were competing and winning championships for Sewanee.