SWIMMING   -   CAVING   -   HIKING   -   CLIMBING   -   ROPES COURSE   -   OUTREACH   -   CANOEING   -   CAMPING   -   Bonfires   -   Exploring your new home!    

PRE-Orientation offers incoming first year students the opportunity to get to know Sewanee in a unique and exciting atmosphere. While familiarizing themselves with the 13,000-acre Domain, students meet other first-year students and upperclassmen in an environment that creates trust and establishes new friendships.


Whether rock climbing for the first time, crawling through winding passages in Walker Springs Cave, or building a house with Sewanee Outreach, PRE-Orientation provides memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

During PRE, 210 students will have the opportunity to experience outdoor trips that are available on and near campus. In addition to two campouts, students will participate in three of the following six activities: rock climbing, caving, hiking, ropes course, canoeing, and outreach. PRE concludes with Contra Night, which includes a live band, wacky dress, and a fun hootenanny with new friends. 


PRE registration is closed for the 2020 year.


PRE bonfire

When is PRE?

August 10-12, 2020 |  Please see below for more detailed arrival information.

Who participates?

PRE-Orientation aims to welcome 210 incoming first-year and transfer students.

How much does PRE cost?

$260. | Students can pay when they register online in April. (See below for info on financial aid).

How do I register?

PRE is full for the 2020 year. Registration takes place on a first-come, first-served basis, and all 210 spots have been filled. Please send an email to dlfortne@sewanee.edu if you would like to be placed on the PRE waitlist.

Arrival and Move-In

First-year students should arrive for PRE 2020 on Monday, August 10th, between 8am and 10am CST. This early arrival window is mandatory and will allow for on-site Covid-19 testing prior to move-in.


Students should plan on moving all their belongings into their permanent dorm rooms upon receiving negative test results.


For more information on the arrival and testing process, please see this fall planning update from Vice Chancellor Brigety.

Packing for PRE

Participating in PRE allows you to move directly into your permanent residence hall on August 10th. Students will move all their belongings into their dorm rooms on arrival day, but we encourage them to finish unpacking and setting up their rooms after PRE ends. 


Students should keep a separate bag packed and accessible specifically for PRE. Note that you will be able to return to your room each day to change and shower. Also keep in mind that parcel post is available to the Sewanee Post Office (SPO) in case additional belongings need to be shipped at a later date.

Parents & Families

This year, only students will be allowed in residence halls to move-in. We therefore recommend that only one family member accompany students to campus to drop them off. That family member will need to stay in Sewanee or nearby until his/her student’s test results are reported (a 5-hour process).  Students’ belongings must stay in their vehicle until they receive their negative test results, at which point they will be able to move into their permanent room in their residence hall.


Note: Family orientation will occur remotely this year. In-person family orientation activities have been canceled.

Sports Conflicts

If you are involved in varsity sports, please check with your coach to be sure your pre-season training schedule allows you to attend PRE. Football, field hockey, soccer, and volleyball currently conflict with PRE. Note: FYP and PRE occur at the same time, so students may only choose to do one.

Financial Aid

Students will be able to apply for financial aid when PRE registration opens in April. Be sure to upload a letter on the registration page stating both the reason you're requesting aid and the amount of assistance necessary for you to attend PRE.

See you in August!