Every learner finds their own way and might need different types of learning environments or support to manage the rigors and expectations of the classroom. Sewanee offers a range of academic resources that can help in many ways.

Just as the University is committed to challenging you in the classroom, so too is the University committed to providing a structure of support to assist you in your academic efforts. Whether you are a first-year student navigating orientation and registration, or a transfer student learning about academic programs, or a sophomore wanting to get more involved, or a junior or senior planning for your years after Sewanee, we have resources that can help.

If you need help, talk to your faculty members, seek out your advisor, and check the links associated with this page. You will find information on all sorts of programs and links to offices across campus that can help you. 

Most of all please know that we really, truly want you to succeed at Sewanee!

—Alexander M. Bruce, Associate Dean of the College for Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Integrated Advising

Recognizing that students benefit from having support and advice in all facets of their experiences, Sewanee is committed to a model of integrated advising to promote the full development of each and every student, embracing all interests, skills, traits, and ambitions.

Wellness

Students can be seen by a physician, nurse practitioner, or registered nurse, or to be referred to a consulting physician at University Health Services (UHS). Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides free short-term counseling and psychotherapy for undergraduate students seeking confidential assistance with social, emotional academic, or interpersonal concerns. Either office can be reached at 931.598.1270.

Student Accessibility Services

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) ensures that students with disabilities are afforded an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the programs, services, and activities of The University of the South through the identification and enactment of reasonable modifications to institutional policies and procedures, the provision of auxiliary aids and services, and the establishment of innovative educational services. The University is committed to a culture of inclusivity that embraces students of all means and backgrounds.

Faculty / Advisor interactions

For help with a specific class, your first and best step is to seek out you professors. Sewanee faculty members expect students to come to their offices for assistance. Additionally, many faculty schedule optional group sessions to help students master a particular topic or understand background information. Your academic advisor can also help with "big picture" questions and help you navigate various aspects of campus life.

Peer Tutoring

Many departments, including classical languages, chemistry, economics, French, German, mathematics and computer science, philosophy, physics, and Spanish, have regular peer tutoring programs. Sewanee students often help one another gain a better understanding of a particular topic, and in fact many classes encourage group work. Occasionally a student in difficulty will pay another student for systematic tutoring over a longer period of time. In all cases students are expected to follow the Sewanee Honor Code. When in doubt, consult your faculty to make sure the help offered is appropriate.

Learning Centers

Various learning centers can help you. At the Writing Center, student tutors representing a range of majors can help you with rough drafts, final drafts, and revisions. The Center for Speaking and Listening has tutors and resources to help you develop your public speaking skills. Finally, the Language Lab has programs and tutors to help you master a second (or third, or fourth . . .) language!

Study Skills

Time management, note taking, test taking: You can learn more about these and other fundamental study skills at regular, free classes offered early in the term. We also partner with Baldridge Reading and Study Skills on a week-long intensive course offered at the start of the Advent semester (cost about $200; contact the Associate Dean of the College for Undergraduate Academic Affairs for information).

Other Resources

Complete the self-assessment tool to gain insight into your study habits. Computer laboratories are located throughout the campus and are open to students when not re-served for a class. The laboratory in the Academic Technology Center on the ground floor of duPont Library includes a help desk that is open every day and most evenings. The Office of the University Registrar supports teaching and learning at The University of the South by maintaining the integrity of academic policies, academic and student information systems, and educational records.