Located on the western face of the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, the campus, residential areas, the village of Sewanee, lakes, forests, and surrounding bluffs comprise a tract of 13,000 acres owned by the University and called the Domain.
This physical environment provides a remarkable academic and recreational resource, and an unparalleled place in which to study and reflect. It invites students to become involved with nature and to engage in careful study of the natural environment. Rock-climbing, caving, cross-country running, and mountain biking are popular among students and faculty, and one of the University’s strategic goals is to be a national leader in environmental studies and sustainability.
The distinctive campus architecture borrows from the Gothic tradition of Oxford and Cambridge, with native sandstone buildings and garden pathways nestled into a wooded landscape, soaring bell towers, and—at the spiritual and physical center of the campus—the majestic All Saints’ Chapel, modeled on the great European cathedrals.