The six-week summer session at Sewanee has a three-fold purpose.
- First, it offers an opportunity for College students to take special courses not normally available during the academic year to broaden their academic program.
- Second, it serves previously enrolled students in the University who desire to speed the acquisition of their college degrees or to gain additional credits toward completion of their class standings.
- Third, it provides to incoming freshmen an opportunity to adapt themselves to the academic demands of College in an environment which is relatively free of the usual pressures of extracurricular activities.
To a large extent the summer session is a projection of the academic year. Regular Sewanee faculty provide the instruction, and the course content and academic standards in most courses are the same. However there are some basic differences which give the Summer School a distinct character of its own.
- A small student-faculty ratio makes possible an intimate classroom environment.
- Except as noted, classes meet 75-minutes daily, Monday through Friday.
- Tuition in the summer session is less per semester hour than during the academic year. This, together with the short length of the summer session, provides an opportunity for students to take courses at approximately one-half the cost per semester hour during the academic year. Thus, considerable savings are possible to the student who completes his or her degree requirements in three years by going to two or three summer sessions.
During the summer the facilities of the University are utilized by a variety of programs which bring to Sewanee people of all ages and with diversified interests. Other well-established annual summer activities are described in the back section of this bulletin. In addition to formal programs, a number of conferences are held at Sewanee each summer.
The physical environment of Sewanee is particularly pleasant in the summer months. The days are warm, but the nights are usually cool due to the 2,000-foot elevation. Several small lakes scattered over the University Domain offer opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, and biological observation. Many miles of trails through uninhabited woodlands are available for hiking and riding. For students with scientific interests, the geology of the region, especially the incidence of limestone caves, is attractive. The tennis courts, athletic fields, and the Robert Dobbs Fowler Sport and Fitness Center are available for use by students in the Summer School. The Bishop's Common, containing snack bar, pub, lounges, and game rooms, serves as the center for campus student activity. A charge for use of the Common and the Fowler Center is included in the activity fee.
Summer School Housing Registration closes: June 1, 2017