The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

Our Students


Cuurently the seminary has 83 students enrolled in the residential programs. Over the past three years, the seminary has enrolled, on the average, 24 students per year in the three-year residential M.Div. program. Currently in 2014, there are 70 students in the M.Div. program and 13 additional students in the one- and two-year residential programs. The Advanced Degrees Program students (summer term) number 69. Students come to Sewanee from 35 dioceses in the United States—as far away as Montana and Washington state—and internationally from the Diocese of Central Tanganyika and Bermuda. For information about students, please contact Mary Turner, registrar, by email at, or by phone at 931.598.1342.

Age Range

The residential students range in age from 24 to 82 years of age, with the average age being 35. One third of students entering The School of Theology for the 2014–2015 academic year is age 30 and under, half are married or in a committed relationship, and 45% are female. Currently, six percent of the student body is of an enthicity other than white. The School of Theology continually aspires to be a more diverse community in every sense of the word.


The School prides itself in having a flourishing community for its seminarians, faculty, and staff alike. It is this traditional residential model — of worshiping together, living together, and studying together — that has the proven benefit of building relationships across all possible boundaries and forming priests for the challenges of today's church.


The School of Theology is actively engaged with the students to assist them in finding employment upon graduation. According to a survey by the CPG Research Group, Church Pension Fund, on Episcopal seminaries in January 2012, School of Theology alumni/ae have the highest rate of employment, 88%, after five years after graduation.

Financial Aid

The School of Theology of the University of the South offers generous financial aid to supplement seminary students’ own resources and the financial support of the parishes and dioceses that send them. The majority of our students graduate with little to no theological education debt.