The University of the South (familiarly known as Sewanee, for the Tennessee town in which the University is located) was founded in 1857 by 13 southern dioceses of the Episcopal Church. The University is purposefully small and dedicated to providing a top-quality liberal arts education, while building a sense of community and lasting relationships. Located on 13,000 acres atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, the University’s campus, known as the Domain, is one of the nation’s largest.
With an enrollment of 1,710 undergraduate students and approximately 220 graduate students, Sewanee has a distinguished college of arts and sciences, a leading graduate school of theology, and an innovative school of letters offering summer master’s degree programs in literature and creative writing. Sewanee has produced 26 Rhodes scholars, a Pulitzer prize-winning author, a U.S. senator and other elected officials, critically acclaimed poets and writers, leading academics who have become college presidents, and three of the last six presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church in the United States.