Students Say

Students can’t stop talking about Furman University’s “beautiful campus” and “warm, but challenging, academic community.”

Overview

Applicants
4,583
Acceptance Rate
69%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
560 - 670
SAT Math
570 - 670
ACT Composite
25 - 30

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

Overall

Students Say

Students can’t stop talking about Furman University’s “beautiful campus” and “warm, but challenging, academic community.” This combination of brains and beauty is what makes Furman “an ideal choice” for four years. “Furman is about academic excellence through engaged learning,” says one undergrad. Expect to hear “engaged” used “ad nauseum” on campus, but students claim that such a term “truly describes the kind of personal education available” thanks to “small class sizes,” professors “who love to teach and enjoy getting to know their students,” and “numerous” academic and extracurricular opportunities. Furman’s science programs are “especially” challenging. Professors here are “very qualified (sometimes overqualified), passionate about what they teach, and are not easy graders.” That said, they’re “very willing to help their students.” Students praise the administration, which is “really accessible.” In the words of one undergrad, “They work with students to solve problems and genuinely care about making Furman a better school and not just a higher-ranking institution.” However, some students find that the administration can be “very conservative in their thinking about student on-campus social life.” Ultimately, while “Furman is not for the academically faint-ofheart,” there’s pride in knowing that “you’re receiving a great education that will help you after you graduate.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
259
with Terminal Degree
238

162
Men
97
Women
16
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
95%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years
84%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Richard Riley
United States Secretary of Education

Charles Townes
Nobel Prize Winner in Physics

Keith Lockhart
Conductor, Boston Pops

Mark Sanford
former SC Govenor, former US Congressional Representative

Dave Garrett
Former CEO, Delta Airlines

Dottie Pepper
Golf Professional

Brad Faxon
Golf Professional

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
84
Application Deadlines
Jan 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
School
State Aid

Bottom Line

Tuition costs $42,784 with $10,844 being added on for room and board. The vast majority of students receive need-based financial aid, with packages averaging $28,539, and merit-based scholarships are in no short supply for the eligible. Forty-five percent of students will graduate with loans, with the average debt coming in at $27,511.

Bang For Your Buck

The school also offers more than 100 renewable merit-based scholarships such as the four Herman W. Lay Scholarships for full tuition and partial other costs; ten James B. Duke Scholarships for full tuition; up to twenty John D. Hollingsworth Scholarships for incoming students from South Carolina; and ten Charles H. Townes Scholarships for students coming from outside South Carolina. Additionally, Furman offers scholarships for students pursuing specific courses of study such as engineering, chemistry, and teaching.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,708

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,665

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,130

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,903

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
41%

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$44,288
Required Fees
$380
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,182
Transportation for Commuters
$1,079

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Donor sponsored loans for study abroad.
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Many find that Furman is something of a “country club” when it comes to its student body, not just “because it is private and somewhat expensive,” but also because the “typical” student is “wealthy, white, conservative, and preppy.” Some find that “the majority of the student body is obsessed with being as ‘generic’ and ‘normal’ as possible, so that any student who does not fit the norm, be it due to a difference in religion or clothing style, will find it harder to fit in.” However, others have found that there’s more to the student body than first meets the eye. As one undergrad says, “The longer I stay at Furman, the more I realize that many students don’t fit the stereotype.” One thing that everyone seems to agree on is that everyone is “very accepting” and “very committed to their academic pursuits.” That said, some wouldn’t mind seeing the school “improve by attracting a more diverse student body, as well as lowering the cost of tuition.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,810
Out of State
72%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
55

Demographics

57% female
43% male
72% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

Students Say

With so many students reporting that Furman’s campus is “absolutely gorgeous,” it’s a wonder they ever leave it. However, “the surrounding city of Greenville is great,” and its “thriving, small-town feel” brings in plenty of students on the weekends. Life at school is “busy, but so much fun.” Students here spend “a lot of time thinking about academics, classes, and their future,” but they also “invest a lot of time in their relationships with their friends.” The school’s “inclusive, close-knit community” is complemented with “lots of interesting things to do on campus, from music concerts to improv shows to sports games.” “Weeknights are mostly spent studying,” says one undergrad, which makes the library “a popular social spot.” However, once the weekend rolls around, students spend their nights “out on the town.” “There are tons of bars, restaurants, and clubs for people to go to” in Greenville, while those looking for a “party” can head for “fraternity houses.” While the university “is not as crazy party-wise as larger schools,” students “can find a party if they want to.” Mostly though, students are happy to “meet up with friends for meals, coffee, or just to hang out.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
96%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
95
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
82

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Academic Assistance

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Susan H. Clark

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies
29

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
17

41% join a fraternity
54% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

15% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Paladins)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Cycling
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Paladins)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Furman University is committed to sustainability and environmental citizenship as key institutional priorities. Furman is dedicated to providing a comprehensive range of options for students to study sustainability, but the university doesn’t just ask you to take its word. It’s thrived on its own accountability; Furman University is a STARS Charter Participant. Furman received an overall rating of Silver and scored high in the Education and Research section. Furman’s efforts include requiring all students take a course focusing on humans and the natural environment and university faculty approved a Sustainability Science major leading to a BS degree for students who wish to focus their education on sustainability issues. Academic work is complemented and supported by the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, which advances Furman’s sustainability efforts through a focus on curricular opportunities and student-faculty research. Furman students engage in a wide variety of sustainability research and co-curricular activities, including working at the on-campus, organic-practice Furman farm. Furman was a charter signatory to the ACUPCC, and the Board of Trustees approved a sustainability master plan for the university, setting a goal of carbon neutrality by 2026. One would be remiss not to mention Furman’s claim to the first LEED-certified building in South Carolina, Hipp Hall, just another testament to the university’s sterling résumé. “Furman's focus on creating engaged learning opportunities for students to apply their knowledge has led to an array of community partnerships in Greenville, which allow for Furman and Greenville to work together to advance sustainability as one community.”

Green Rating
94
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
5%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
31

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
PC and Mac vendors are available.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Brad Pochard
Associate VP-Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
3300 Poinsett Hwy.
Greenville, SC 29613

Phone
864-294-2034

Email
admissions@furman.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Charles Townes Science Center
Timmons Arena
Library
18-hole Golf Course
Physical Activities Center
Place of Peace, David Shi Center for Sustainability

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Greenville
Blue Ridge Mountains
Minor League Baseball
Bi-Lo Center (concerts)
Peace Center for Performing Arts

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and selected Saturdays for tours and visitation programs
8:30am-5pm
864-294-2034

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Generally 9:30 a.m.--2:30 p.m.
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Check with Admissions Dept.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
marylou.merkt@furman.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Available Sun-Thurs nights, senior only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Greenville-Spartanburg Airport is 20 miles from campus. To arrange for limousine service to campus from the airport, call 864-879-2315; after business hours, call 864-235-1713. Amtrak trains serve Greenvile; public buses or taxis are available from the station to campus. Greyhound buses stop on the east side of town; taxis are available at the terminal for the ride to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Asheville, NC, and the northwest, take I-26 to Hendersonville, NC; then take US 25 S. In Traveler's Rest SC, US 25 South and US 276 East join briefly; where highways divide, take 276 East to Furman exit. From Charlotte, NC and the northeast, take I-85 to Greenville, then take I-385 into downtown. Bear right onto Highway 183, which becomes Beattie Pl. Follow Beattie Pl. (which becomes College St.) until eventually bearing right onto US 276 West. Continue 5 miles to Furman exit. From Atlanta, GA, and the southwest, take I-85 to Greenville, then take I-185 exit. Follow I-185 into Greenville, where it becomes Mills Ave., then Church St. Turn left from Church St. onto Beattie Pl. (which becomes College St.) until eventually bearing right onto US 276 West. Continue 5 miles to Furman exit. From Columbia, SC, and the southeast, take I-26 to I385. Continue on I-385 approximately 45 miles into downtown Greenville. Bear right onto Highway 183, which becomes Beattie Pl. Follow Beattie Pl. (which becomes College St.) until eventually bearing right onto US 276 West. Continue 5 miles to Furman exit.

Local Accommodations
Your best deal for price and location is the Comfort Inn-Executive Center (540 N. Pleasantburg Dr.; 803-271-0060), a 15 minute drive from campus. A little more expensive and a litte farther away (about 20 minutes) is Courtyard by Marriott (70 Orchard Park Dr.; 803-234-0300). Opened in 1991 this hotel is near downtown and shopping. Guests have privileges at the Greenville Health and Raquet Club. At the Hyatt Regency-Greenville (220 N. Main St.; 803-235-1234), about 15 minutes away, the rates are moderate. The Hyatt Regency also offers privileges at the Greenville Racquet Club. For bed-and-breakfasts in the area call Clarion Carriage House Inns in Charleston (800-CLARION)
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Key Stats

4,583
Applicants
2,810
Size
69%
Acceptance Rate
1240
SAT Scores

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