Welcome, Class of 2017!


About 130 more new Sewanee students will arrive on campus August 21 for PRE, joining the 100+ freshmen who have been participating in Finding Your Place. PRE-Orientation offers incoming freshmen the opportunity to get to know Sewanee through trips run by the Sewanee Outing Program and student leaders. New students participate in canoeing, rock climbing, hiking, swimming, outreach, a ropes course, caving and more.

All approximately 494 members of the Class of 2017 will be on campus by August 24 for the start of orientation. The orientation program will acquaint all new students with the school’s programs, services, and faculty and staff, and make the transition to Sewanee easier. It will conclude with an event in All Saints' Chapel for the entire campus community to "launch the new year," with remarks from Vice-Chancellor John McCardell and from student leaders. A picnic in the Quad will follow.

The Class of 2017—Sewanee’s largest class ever—includes 10 students with dual citizenship, 73 first-generation college students, and almost 400 from outside Tennessee. Eighteen of the incoming students are already familiar with campus—they have participated in the Sewanee Environmental Institute (9), the Bridge Program (5), or the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference (4).

The new class represents a variety of interests and accomplishments, including a student who has already published journal articles on herpetology; a beekeeper; traditional Scottish, Korean and Irish dancers; talented artists; a long-distance kayaker; an environmental award winner; and students who have taught and volunteered around the world. We can’t wait to see what they achieve at Sewanee and beyond. Welcome!

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