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The six-week summer session at Sewanee offers an opportunity for College students to take one or two courses (up to eight credit hours) and thereby facilitate progress toward earning their degree. Additionally, summer school can provide incoming first-year students an opportunity to adapt themselves to the academic demands of College in a focused environment.
To a large extent the summer session is a projection of the academic year. Regular Sewanee faculty provide the instruction, and the course content and academic standards in most courses are the same. However there are some basic differences which give the Summer School a distinct character of its own.
- A small student-faculty ratio makes possible an intimate classroom environment.
- Except as noted, classes meet 75-minutes daily, Monday through Friday.
- Tuition in the summer session is less per semester hour than during the academic year. This, together with the short length of the summer session, provides an opportunity for students to take courses at approximately one-half the cost per semester hour during the academic year. Thus, considerable savings are possible to the student who completes his or her degree requirements in three years by going to two or three summer sessions.
During the summer the facilities of the University are utilized by a variety of programs which bring to Sewanee people of all ages and with diversified interests. The range of well-established annual summer activities can be found at Summer in Sewanee.
The physical environment of Sewanee is particularly pleasant in the summer months. The days are warm, but the nights are usually cool due to the 2,000-foot elevation. Several small lakes scattered over the University Domain offer opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, and biological observation. Many miles of trails through uninhabited woodlands are available for hiking and riding. For students with scientific interests, the geology of the region, especially the incidence of limestone caves, is attractive. The tennis courts, athletic fields, and the Robert Dobbs Fowler Sport and Fitness Center are available for use by students in the Summer School. The Bishop's Common, containing snack bar, pub, lounges, and game rooms, serves as the center for campus student activity. A charge for use of the Common and the Fowler Center is included in the activity fee.