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50-50 Profile: Sewanee-The University of the South

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Sewanee The University of the South-Private
Sewanee, Tennessee
1,701 (1,620 undergraduates)
Does College Size Matter?
2012, 2013, 2014

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2013-14 Accepted: 60%
4 Year Graduation Rate: 74%
5 Year Graduation Rate: 78%
Why YOU Should Care About College Graduation Rates

2013-14 Total Expenses: $49,700
Average Net Price 12-13: $25,994
Freshman Non-Federal Loans: 0%
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5 Things to Know About Paying for College Before You Apply

SAT Critical Reading: 670
SAT Math: 650
ACT: 30
The Truth About Scholarships

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Percent Freshman not in top quarter of class: 34%
Percent Freshman with GPA <3.50: 39.5%
Percent of Freshman Need Met: 93.9%
Percent of Non-Need Freshman Receiving Awards: 20.5%
Average Freshman Non-Need Award: $9,984

Class Schedule: Yes
Shows Class Capacity: Yes
Student to Faculty Ratios: Should they be part of your college rankings?

NCAA D3, Southern Athletic Association

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Reasons to consider Sewanee The University of the South (learn more):
Located on 13,000 acres referred to as the Domain
Biehl International Research Fellowships
Sewanee Environmental Institute
Yale Directed Research Program
Theatre Semester in New York
Haiti Institute in Sewanee
Babson Center for Global Commerce
Environmental Residents
Center for Religion and Environment
Landscape Analysis Lab
Island Ecology Program
Italian, French, German, Spanish, and Russian Houses

States with Highest Representation at Elite Colleges

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It seems to me that one of the appeals of attending a nationally recognized college would be to interact with other students from across the nation. And from a more cynical perspective, it allows that school to be “nationally” recognized.

Out of curiosity, I downloaded the “residence and migration of first-time freshman” from the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS) database for a select number of colleges. I picked the colleges based on general prominence and an eye to geographic diversity–no sort of scientific rational involved. + Read More

Are college grad rates “bad data?”

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What data are you supposed to use?

There is a guest post on College Inc by Patricia McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University, arguing that college graduation rates are bad data.

No, they aren’t.

To crib from the gun rights advocates, the information isn’t bad, it’s how it’s being used that is bad. For some reason, Ms. McGuire seems to think that people are using graduation rates to decide if Harvard or Trinity Washington is a better school. + Read More