Sewanee-The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, is a private coeducational liberal arts institution that is located on a 13,000-acre site on the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, making it the second largest campus in the United States.
Around 1,000 acres of the campus have been developed for the university purpose, with the other 12,000 acres home to forests, caves, meadows and lakes, as well as providing a research and recreational facility for the Sewanee students and faculty.
Sewanee is owned by 28 southern dioceses of the Episcopal Church and was founded in 1857, with the Sewanee Mining Company and other local landowners donating around 10,000 acres for the new institution. The university opened its doors in 1968 and quickly expanded to include a college, a preparatory school, and seminary programs.
Over the years the student population has gradually grown and the university has survived events including the Great Depression of the 1920s and the Second World War to become a prestigious liberal arts university, celebrating it’s 150th anniversary in 2007.
The university consists of the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Theology, and the School of Letters, which between them offer 36 majors, 32 minor, and 15 special programs.
Almost all students live on-campus, although Sewanee encourages students to study abroad for a proportion of their course and there is a range of options available for students to study in locations all over the world.
Notable former students include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham, photojournalist Stephen Alvarez, and bishop of the Episcopal Church, Rev. Edmond Lee Browning.