For Lovers of Old, Cozy Traditions
Do old-time traditions and honor give you that warm and fuzzy feeling inside? Then the University of the South-Sewanee, which sits atop the Cumberland Plateau, about 50 miles west of Chattanooga, surrounded by 13,000 picturesque acres of forested land, could be the four-year security blanket you've always dreamed of.
There are many traditions embraced by students, from wearing the "gown" for academic excellence, to not stepping on the school seal before your senior year, to tapping the top of the entrance gate as you enter and leave the school. For some, these time-honored customs may seem superstitious or silly, but for Sewanee students they are embraced as deeply rooted rituals that speak to the school's charm and mystique.
Of course, tradition is only one part of Sewanee's appeal. Academic excellence is paramount at the school. Courses remain purposefully small and are dedicated to building a sense of community. According to their website, "all classes are taught by professors, not graduate teaching assistants, and close faculty-student interaction ensures that each student enjoys a rich and personal educational experience."
Top Four Among American Liberal Arts Colleges
Founded in 1857 by clergy and lay delegates from Episcopal dioceses throughout the south, the University has had 25 Rhodes Scholars—a number that puts Sewanee in the top four nationally among American liberal arts colleges—as well as 26 NCAA Postgraduate Fellows, 36 Watson Fellows, and dozens of Fulbright Scholars. Sewanee offers 36 majors, 27 minors, and 15 special programs, along with pre-medicine, pre-nursing, prelaw, and pre-business.
According to Joel Cunningham, president of Sewanee, "We believe that broadly educated men and women are ideally suited to address the complexities of life and work. Sewanee graduates are better able to perceive connections among disciplines, to think creatively, and to communicate with others. These are the essential characteristics of citizenship and leadership, and we do a better job than most in achieving them."
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