High School Students Summer Programs 2018

The summer programs listed on this page are designed to give high school students on the verge of their college search a chance to engage in a college environment. Each program has a different purpose in regards to the curriculum, but we want each attendee to utilize their time at the University of the South as a general learning experience. Come and learn what it is like to live in a college residence hall, to listen in a lecture hall, or to debate in a seminar room. Take some time to explore and discover Sewanee.

Sewanee Environmental Institute(SEI): Pre-College Field Studies Experience

Sewanee's Pre-College Field Studies Experience provides an interdisciplinary introduction to environmental studies and is:

  • designed for students who are passionate about the outdoors
  • for those that want to advance their knowledge and skills in the study of the environment
  • for rising high school juniors and seniors with a history of academic success.

Students will have the opportunity to explore Sewanee's ecologically diverse 13,000-acre campus under the guidance of faculty members who are passionate about environmental education.

The SEI APPLICATION is now available, click here to view the application.
Contact: Ken Smith at 931-598-3219 or send an email to sei@sewanee.edu
Program Dates: June 24 - July 7, 2018

Sewanee BRIDGE Program in Biomedical Sciences

The BRIDGE Program in Biomedical Sciences is a summer opportunity for rising high school seniors (students between their junior & senior year). Our mission is to provide an enriching educational experience that allows for personal development, as well as academically prepares you to enter college in the biomedical sciences and beyond. As a Bridge student you will meet with our Admissions counselors and with our Career and Leadership Development Office, allowing you to see the pathway to academic success and career goal options. Additionally, you will see and experience research on campus and learn how to get involved, should you become a Sewanee student (please see Research Bridge). We also will explore surrounding cities, Nashville and Chattanooga, to highlight medical opportunities and learn about what it is like to be a "Medical Student for a Day", and to just relax an experience this beautiful region and see what we have to offer. 

The BRIDGE Program 2018 application is now available. To view the 2018 summer application, click here.
Contac​t: Alyssa Summers, PhD  931.598.1856
Program Dates: June 10 - June 26, 2018

Sewanee Summer Music Festival (SSMF)

The Sewanee Summer Music Festival (SSMF) is an internationally acclaimed summer festival, which combines a four-week program for advanced music students and a professional concert series. Each summer, more than 200 aspiring young musicians from all over the United States and abroad join more than 40 teachers, performers, and internationally recognized guest artists to create a musical community in Sewanee.

ContactHilary Dow Ward 931.598.1225
Program Dates: June 23 - July 22, 2018

Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference (SYWC)

Founded in 1994, the conference meets for two weeks each July, offering to high school students from all over the U.S. some of the resources brought to campus by the adult Sewanee Writers' Conference. In small workshops devoted to poetry, fiction, playwriting or creative nonfiction, serious young writers are able to polish their craft with the help of instructors who are themselves writers of significant accomplishment, and to form friendships with like-minded peers. There are also lectures by members of Sewanee’s English Department and special appearances by such major writers as Horton Foote, Ernest Gaines, Jill McCorkle, Alice McDermott, Andrew Hudgins, and many others.

The 2018 SYWC Application is now available. If you would like to apply, click here to view the application.
Co​ntactElizabeth Grammer 931.598.1541
Program Dates: July 1 - July 14, 2018

SYWC Girls with phones at 4th of July

SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society

SUMMA is an opportunity for high school students who are curious about building their faith through intellectual channels. Held on the campus of the School of Theology at the University of the South—one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States—SUMMA Camp offers a rich, uniquely meaningful experience, which includes:

  • Tools for thinking;
  • Knowledge of the Christian theological tradition;
  • Skills in public speaking and debate;
  • Cutting-edge engagement with topics such as religion and science, social ethics, and interfaith relations.

This comes with fun, friendship, and the opportunity for a deepened and more thoughtful faith.

SUMMA Camp is a college-like atmosphere with challenging lectures and stimulating seminar discussions. Camp is not all work, though! Laughter is resonant in the classrooms and dorms, and there is plenty of time for soccer, basketball, games, movies, and even bowling. Each day begins and ends with prayer and contemplative reflection. “Speaking truth in love” is a practice followed throughout the camp.

Contact: Walker Adams  931.598.3438
Program Dates: July 17 - July 25, 2018

The Choral Institute at the University of the South

The Choral Institute of the University of the South is a weeklong immersive experience bringing together high school students sharing a passion for choral music.

The 2018 Choral Institute at the University of the South application is now available. A review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all 50 spaces are filled.

Contact: Geoff Ward (University Choirmaster) 931.598.1425

Program Dates: June 27 - July 1, 2018