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The 51 members of the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee Class of 2020, represented here by the senior proctors, have accepted offers of admission to 35 colleges across the country. The class graduated in a virtual ceremony on May 16. Proctors pictured, from left, are Aidan Smith (Gonzaga University), Evan Fox (The University of Tennessee), Faith Daisy (The University of the South), Harrison Hartman (Trinity University), Nneka Okolo (The University of the South), Cate Bachman (University of San Diego), Gabriel Pongdee (Vanderbilt University), Saje Mangru (University of Chicago), Lucy Carroll (Emory University), Morgan Phares (The University of the South), Jiaying Yang (UC San Diego), Sarah Beth Hobby (Macalester College) and Jayla McLaurin (University of New Mexico). 

In what has perhaps been the most unusual college admissions season of anyone’s lifetime, the 51 members of the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School Class of 2020 received 203 offers of admission to colleges.

Seniors deliberated long and hard to decide where they will matriculate in the fall.

Students are heading to 35 colleges as close as the University of the South and Motlow State Community College and as far away as UC San Diego and Gonzaga University.

A perennial favorite among SAS students, the University of the South will welcome a record 10 members of the class in the fall.

Members of the SAS Class of 2020 have accepted admission offers from Arizona State University, Birmingham Southern College, Carson-Newman University, Chattanooga State Community College, Colorado College, Emory University, Florida Atlantic University, Franklin and Marshall College, George Washington University, Georgia State University, Gonzaga University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Lee University, Macalester College, Maryville College, Middle Tennessee State University, Millsaps College, Mississippi State University, Motlow State Community College, New York University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Roanoke College, The University of Tennessee, The University of the South, Trinity University, University of Alabama–Birmingham, UC San Diego, University of Chicago, University of Connecticut, University of Mississippi, University of New Mexico, Valencia College, Vanderbilt University, Western Carolina University and Wooster College.

“The class of 2020 has impressed me from the start,” said Director of College Counseling Dan Monahan. “When we started working together in their junior year, these students knew what they wanted.”

He went on to say that being required to choose a college in the midst of an unprecedented international pandemic still didn’t shake the students but, in many ways, strengthened their choices.

“These students picked the institutions that they know will be the best fit for them,” Monahan said. “They paid close attention to how the colleges corresponded with them through this and made their decisions to enroll. Their determination to stay positive and move forward will be remembered for years to come.”

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School is a private, co-educational Episcopal, boarding and day college preparatory school serving 250 students in grades 6-12.