Sewanee welcomes the Class of 2020

freshman class photo 2015

The University of the South will officially welcome 525 members of the Class of 2020 and other new students to the University with orientation beginning August 27. Classes begin Wednesday, August 31.

The Class of 2020 represents 35 states, plus the District of Columbia, as well as China, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Nineteen students have dual citizenship. And 69 members of the class are first-generation college students.

Some of the new students are already familiar with campus from summer programs; ten attended the Sewanee Environmental Institute pre-college program, and four attended the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference. Three-quarters of the first-year students took at least one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course while in high school. Among those who did, students averaged four AP courses and 9 IB courses.

Individually, Sewanee’s newest students bring a wide array of experiences to campus. Among the more well-traveled members of the class, at least three have summited Mt. Kilimanjaro. A gifted singer has performed with her chorus at the White House and Carnegie Hall. One student has founded an organization that gives soccer equipment to developing countries, and another created a documentary on African American civil rights activist Barbara Johns. Two accomplished athletes have competed—and won medals—at the National Junior Olympic level.

The students in C’20 will add a unique mix of talents and interests to the campus community. Welcome to the Mountain!

The week-long student orientation will include residence hall meetings and numerous information sessions, meetings and meals with academic advisors, a community picnic, a class photo on the lawn of Chen Hall, and the solemn signing of the Honor Code. The Honor Code signing is both solemn and celebratory, and marks the official matriculation of students into the University of the South. (Watch the signing of the Honor Code here, live streamed from 9:45-10:45 a.m. CT, Tuesday, Aug. 30.) 

Read the vice-chancellor's welcome remarks to families.