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

Plan a Visit

Sewanee in Context

If you are coming from the East, you are farther west than you think — almost due south of Chicago. If you are coming from the North or West, you are nowhere near Florida. This area is referred to as Middle Tennessee or the Cumberland Plateau. “The Mountain” refers to the top of the Cumberland Plateau and, particularly, Sewanee.

Time Zones 

Sewanee is in the Central Time Zone, as are most of the nearby cities except Chattanooga which is in the Eastern Time Zone. If traveling to Chattanooga or further east, remember to factor in the time change!

Where’s the Beach?

If you crave water — then how about a lake? There are lots of lakes located in and around Sewanee with a wide variety of water sports available. For example, anyone can amble over to Lake Cheston during the summer months, grab a canoe, and spend a lazy day on the water.

Flying In or Out

In addition to being served by most of the major carriers, the Nashville International Airport is a Southwest mini-hub and you can get cheap and direct flights to a host of locations for a quick weekend away. The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport is small and very accessible and just under an hour’s drive. There is a shuttle that runs to the Nashville and Chattanooga airports several time a day.

What To Do?

Being on the campus of a prominent liberal arts university means that even though Sewanee is geographically remote, we have access to many arts and cultural events with the wide variety of programming brought in by the college. On campus, you’ll find everything from poetry readings and weekly movies, to a ukelele club, and hiking groups. Rest assured, there will never be a shortage of things to do. The problem at Sewanee is not finding things to do but finding the time to do them!


Although Sewanee’s latitude would suggest hot temperatures, our altitude (1,900 feet above sea level) moderates the temperature. The average low for the year is 35° (January) and the average high is 75° (July) and although you can expect it to get considerably hotter, it’s always about 10° lower than in the valley. Monsoon season usually starts in March, and summer heats up in June and stays warm through September. We have a long gorgeous fall followed by a brief and often foggy winter with one or two significant (by southern standards) snowstorms. Precipitation is about five inches/month and comes in all forms — rain, ice, snow, and awe-inspiring thunderstorms. Statistics aside, the weather can change at a moment's notice. When in doubt, layer.

Visiting the School

The School of Theology invites you to come for a visit and see for yourself who we are and all that we have to offer. Come tour our campus, meet our faculty, and sit in on a class. To make arrangements, please contact Roz Weaver by email or by phone at 931.598.1283.

Come & See Weekends are the perfect time to take in the entire school experience if you are considering a graduate degree in a seminary.

More details about visiting Sewanee may be found on the University website.