<p>I am a Sewanee graduate of a few years and signed up to the forum specifically to answer this question.</p>
<p>Sewanee should definitely be on your list if you are interested in LACs in the South. Having said that, it is a very unique place and while 90%+ alumni seem to love it, it is honestly not for everyone. A campus visit is absolutely essential and you will probably know by the end of your visit whether you really want to go there or if you should move on.</p>
- Simply put, the vast majority of people who go there love it. Alumni are very strongly bonded to the place and people.
- The faculty is absolutely outstanding, highly accessible and dedicated. Therefore, the academics are challenging but very enlightening.
- It is, again, a very unique place. I have been to many similar campuses but nowhere seems to be quite the same. It sticks with you and draws you back over time.
- Non-alumni who know the school tend to think very highly of it. This has come in handy in grad-school and job applications.</p>
- Social life is highly active, but you are after all on a rural campus. 80% of the campus is Greek, yet there is a surprising diversity within the Greek culture since, again, 80% of the students are involved. Alcohol is common but drugs are not especially prevalent. There are a couple of "Cheers"-like restaurants in town, but there are no nightclubs or bars, so almost all activity is on-campus. Students tend to either love the social life here, or hate it. Usually depends on their taste in what is "fun".
- Along similar lines, you will either love or hate the dormitories. There are almost no off-campus living options and no cable TV, which is are good things in my view. These are true dormitories, not apartments.
- Living there is like 4 years of adult summer camp. Take that how you will.</p>
- Though there is financial aid available, it's still an expensive school.
- I knew many non-drinkers there, who enjoyed the place and went on to do great things there, but Sewanee has a long-established drinking culture and is not a place for teetotalers.<br>
- The school keeps its secret a little too well sometimes. Due in part to a small-time sports scene, it doesn't get much national press.
- The population is becoming more diverse, but it's still pretty homogenous.<br>
- Culture shock can be an issue at first for non-southerners. </p>
<p>Overall I could not endorse the place more strongly to someone who has visited and is agreeable to what it offers. What you see is what you get with Sewanee, it really is what the brochures claim -- beautiful, cultured, challenging, life-changing. I'm happy to answer questions via email.</p>