The University began welcoming new students to campus during the second week of August. Classes begin in the College on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

The University began welcoming new students to campus during the second week of August. International students were among the first to arrive, followed by Finding Your Place mentors and then about 200 FYP participants and some student-athletes.

Finding Your Place is a program that introduces new students to campus, course work, professors, and classmates. Its place-based approach combines knowledge and experiences across many disciplines and prepares students for an engaged life in and beyond Sewanee. Participants enjoy plenary sessions, smaller individual sections, and numerous field trips around middle Tennessee. This year’s field trips ranged from canoeing on Lake Dimmick and hiking in Lost Cove to visits to the Chattanooga Food Bank, Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, and the Whitwell Coal Miners' Museum.

PRE leaders and other student leaders were the next to return to the Mountain, then first-year students in PRE and more student athletes. PRE-Orientation offers incoming students the opportunity to spend three days making friends and exploring Sewanee’s 13,000-acre Domain through activities such as rock climbing, canoeing, and community service. More than 210 new students will experience outdoor trips that are available on and near campus.

About 750 College students were on campus before the official move-in day and start of Orientation for new students on Saturday, Aug. 21. From Aug. 21 through 24, the University of the South will officially welcome and prepare the 476 members of the Class of 2025. The first-year students this year hail from 40 states and 12 countries.

Academically, the Class of 2025 is the strongest in recent history. Their orientation includes both virtual and in-person elements. Vice-Chancellor Reuben Brigety and Dr. Leelie Selassie will host a move-in lunch for new students and their families, and a Saturday evening “YSR Picnic” on the Quad will celebrate the beginning of a new school year. The four-day orientation includes residence hall meetings and activities; information sessions, meetings and meals with academic advisors; and a class photo followed by the signing of the Honor Code. The Honor Code signing is both solemn and celebratory, and marks the official matriculation of students into the University of the South. The signing of the Honor Code will be live streamed

Classes begin in the College on Wednesday, Aug. 25.