Hi @kohsus12! I can offer a few thoughts as a parent whose D21 is considering applying to Sewanee. So, I’ve done a lot of research and we toured in November. However, have you read all the threads here? There are some fairly recent ones that address the party culture and greek life. Also, the Sewanee website has many different ways to virtually tour right now- quite a few student panels.
First, I can’t imagine a better place to study the environment and ecology. The Domaine is vast and gorgeous. The school is very proud of all that they offer to study nature or just enjoy it as a part of life. Check out their course catalog (you can access it from their website). I was looking at it last night and I was surprised at the wide variety of courses they offer for a school of that size.
Secondly, the impression that I got when we toured was not a heavy preppy vibe- nothing like a Southern frat boy or sorority girl vibe. There was definitely a fair amount of quirkiness and any wealth was subdued- definitely present but you’d have to know what you were looking for - if that makes sense. Imagine taking a very nice summer camp and turning it into a college.
Hopefully that is helpful, but seriously if you have real specific questions- reach out to the school. They are very helpful- that is a benefit of a small school- a strong desire to help their community.