Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.15
Liaison Sara McIntyre
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Sewanee - The University of the South
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.68 / 4.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have policies and programs to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

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

Sewanee offers need-based aid to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds by remaining need-blind in the admission office. Students can apply for both need-based aid and automatically eligible for any academic scholarships. Need-based aid packages can include student work, grants, and federal loans. Sewanee has partnered with RaiseMe to provide students a way to become more involved in their college application process. By creating a free RaiseMe account, students can begin earning microscholarship awards for working through Sewanee's application objectives. If admitted, RaiseMe students' microscholarship amounts will be included in their financial aid package.

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

No programs exist today; however, a committee on Diversity, Inclusion & cohesion has been created and is working towards developing programs to better equip faculty and staff. These include: **Nancy Berner email

A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide and prepare students and families from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

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

We have a broad range of scholarships that are strictly for students with demonstrated need

A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

A brief description of the institution’s other 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)

Does the institution have policies and programs to support non-traditional students?:

A brief description of the institution’s scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

N/A - no part-time students

A brief description of the institution’s on-site child care facility, partnership with a local facility, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):

On average, the percentage of need that was met for students who were awarded any need-based aid (e.g. as reported to the U.S. Common Data Set initiative, item H2) (0-100):

The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt or for whom no out-of-pocket tuition is required (i.e. the percentage of graduates who have not taken out interest-bearing loans) (0-100):

Estimated percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students (0-100):

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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