Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.23
Liaison Nick Cookson
Submission Date Jan. 20, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Sewanee - The University of the South
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.98 / 4.00 Amy Turner
Director of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:
Yes

A brief description of any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

Apart from Sewanee's need-based financial aid programs, the institution also lowered its overall price. Sewanee has also frozen the price for each student's four years of attendance for ALL students.


A brief description of any programs to equip the institution’s faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:

N/A


A brief description of any programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

N/A


A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:

Sewanee offers need-based aid for all who qualify. More information can be found at:
http://www2.sewanee.edu/academics/catalog


A brief description of any programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:

N/A


A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

Sewanee works with community-based organizations in feeder markets to recruit qualified candidates, and offers travel vouchers for disadvantaged students visiting campus.


A brief description of other admissions policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

Sewanee completes a holistic application review process, admitting students who are prepared for its challenging academic environment as well as the engaged student experience. The following are strong recommendations for competitive applicants:
Four years of English.
Two or more years of a foreign language.
Three or more years of math (most students have four), including algebra I and II and geometry.
Two or more years of lab science (most students have four).
Two or more years of social science, including history.
Strong high school GPA showing consistent or increasing strength in class work.
Admission essay written clearly and passionately.
Extracurricular activities such as clubs, sports, church groups, or work experience with demonstrated leadership.
Two Positive recommendations: one from a junior/senior core-curriculum teacher, one from a school counselor; two optional recommendations from church leaders, work supervisors, or volunteer coordinators are allowed.
Competitive standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) OR successful completion of the test optional evaluative interview and submission of a graded writing sample.
Student-initiated interest is also taken into consideration throughout the process. So be sure to find time to visit campus or get to know your Admission Counselor.
(also see catalog, http://www2.sewanee.edu/academics/admissions_fees)


A brief description of other financial aid policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

At Sewanee we understand that an investment in private higher education is a substantial one for most families. Support from alumni and the University’s endowment enables us to provide students with scholarships, grants, and other financial aid programs in an attempt to keep cost from being the primary factor in your decision-making process.

Sewanee provides more than $19 million in institutional aid each year. In the 2012–2013 academic year, 80 percent of University students received some form of aid, including University aid, scholarships, and other aid from all sources. In 2012, 73 percent of entering freshmen received financial aid from Sewanee. Almost half of freshmen received need-based aid; their average aid package was more than $28,600.
(see http://admission.sewanee.edu/finaid)


A brief description of other policies and programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students not covered above:
Does the institution have policies and programs in place to support non-traditional students?:
No

A brief description of any scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:
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A brief description of any onsite child care facilities, partnerships with local facilities, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:
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A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (accessibility and affordability indicators)?:
Yes

Indicators that the institution is accessible and affordable to low-income students::
Percentage (0-100)
The percentage of entering students that are low-income 18.70
The graduation/success rate for low-income students 72.50
The percentage of student financial need met, on average 96
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt 60.90

The percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:
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The website URL where information about the institution's affordability and access programs is available:

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