Sewanee's annual report to diocesan convention 2017

November 25, 2017
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Sewanee, The University of the South, 2016-2017


College of Arts & Sciences

  • Enrollment from the Diocese of Missouri: 12 students total (3 report Episcopal heritage)
  • Financial aid awarded to all college students from the Diocese of Missouri: $231,549.00

The School of Theology


  • Enrollment from the Diocese of Missouri: 0 students total (0 in the summer AdvancedDegrees Program)
  • The Beecken Center
  • Education for Ministry (EfM) Groups: 0
  • EfM Diocesan Coordinator: Melissa Jeanne Poole
  • Support Received from the Diocese of Missouri: $500
  • Support Received from the Diocese of Missouri churches: $0


2016–2017 Statistics

  • College of Arts and Sciences total students: 1,734
  • Class of 2020: 514
  • SAT combined: 1760–1983 ACT: 27–31
  • High School GPA: 3.69
  • College tuition and fees: $ 42,400
  • College faculty: Full-Time: 151 Part-Time: 70
  • Student/faculty ratio: 9:9.1
  • School of Theology students: 151 (includes summer and non-degree students)
  • School of Theology full-time tuition and fees: $ 17,058
  • School of Theology faculty: Full-Time: 10 Part-Time: 5
  • Student/faculty ratio: 6:1
  • University Fiscal Year July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017 (unaudited)
  • Endowment: $394.9 million


About the University of the South

The University of the South is home to an outstanding liberal arts College of Arts and Sciences, a School of Letters, and a School of Theology.

Located atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee, Sewanee’s 13,000-­‐acre campus, the second largest campus in the United States, provides students with vast opportunities for research, recreation, and reflection.

Within the traditionally strong curriculum of humanities, sciences, and graduate theological studies, Sewanee faculty members promote intellectual growth, critical thinking, and hands-­‐on research.

The University’s Board of Trustees is composed of the bishops of the 28 owning dioceses, together with clergy and lay representatives elected by each diocese and representatives of other University constituencies. The Board of Regents, to which the Board of Trustees delegates some of its responsibilities for governance, is composed of Episcopal bishops, priests, and lay people, and may include a limited number of members of other Christian bodies. The chancellor of the University, elected by the Board of Trustees, is a bishop from one of the 28 owning dioceses.


An Episcopal Center of Learning

The University of the South is an institution of the Episcopal Church dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom in close community and in full freedom of inquiry, and enlightened by Christian faith in the Anglican tradition, welcoming individuals from all backgrounds, to the end that students be prepared to search for truth, seek justice, preserve liberty under law, and serve God and humanity.

The University was founded by church leaders from the southeastern United States in 1857 and is the only university in the nation that is owned and governed by dioceses of the Episcopal Church, specifically the 28 dioceses that are successors to the original founding dioceses.

The historic ownership and governance of the University by these Episcopal dioceses has produced a living synergy of leadership, resource, and mutual support, enriching the Church and advancing the University’s role in American higher education.

2016–2017 Highlights from the University of the South Details may be found by visiting the College’s website: and the School of Theology’s website:

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