Welcome to the Class of 2021!

picnic in quad

The University of the South will officially welcome more than 450 members of the Class of 2021 and other new students to the University with orientation beginning Saturday, August 26. Classes in the College begin Wednesday, August 30. Many first-year students arrived on the Mountain earlier for Finding Your Place (which began August 16) and PRE (August 23).

Members of the Class of 2021 hail from 30 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, as well as the Bahamas, China, Estonia, Hungary, Japan, Myanmar, Rwanda, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe. In addition to the 14 international students, six students have dual citizenship. And 64 members of the class are first-generation college students.

Eighty percent of the first-year students took at least one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course while in high school. Among those who did, students averaged four AP courses and 9 IB courses. Individually, members of the class have talents ranging from birding to stand-up comedy and from singing to playing squash. We look forward to the contributions they all will make to the Sewanee community over the course of the next four years!

The four-day student orientation will include residence hall meetings and activities; information sessions, meetings and meals with academic advisors; a community picnic; and a class photo followed by the signing of the Honor Code. The Honor Code signing is both solemn and celebratory, and marks the official matriculation of students into the University of the South. (Watch the signing of the Honor Code here, live streamed from 9:45-10:45 a.m. CT, Tuesday, Aug. 29.)

Read Vice-Chancellor McCardell's welcome remarks to new students and families. And see photos from the freshman photo and the signing of the Honor Code.