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Academics

Furman University is a school that helps its undergraduates “become the best version[s] of [themselves].” That potentially daunting task is made possible thanks to the school’s ample resources ranging from “good study abroad [options]” and “experiential learning” to the “many opportunities for research and internships.” One of Furman’s top selling points is “the strength of its pre-professional curriculum.” The university’s “pre-health and pre-law advisors are exceptional, and they greatly help students get into graduate programs, regardless of major.” Of course, prospective students should be aware that the academics here “are very difficult, particularly [the] science courses.” It’s important that you come prepared to study. Fortunately, the “overwhelming majority of professors at Furman are experts in their field and truly care about helping students succeed.” They seem to excel at creating a classroom environment wherein undergrads “feel comfortable yet challenged at all times.” And it’s definitely evident that they “love teaching and instilling a passion for growth, inquiry, and engagement.” We’ll give the last word to this student who shares, “My professors have changed my life by supporting me and working with me from academic interests to personal crises. They are easily the best part of Furman.”

Student Body

Furman seems to attract students who “are very motivated and driven to perform well academically.” Thankfully, though most everyone has “high aspirations,” this isn’t a very competitive student body. Instead, undergrads here simply “push...each other to be the best people possible.” Students do readily admit that Furman “generally draws a Southern white demographic” with many kids hailing from “generally wealthy backgrounds.” However, they note that the university “has expanded its recruitment initiatives and current on-campus opportunities to invite a greater diversity of individuals especially in regard to race.” Students also stress that you’ll find plenty of people with “unique talents” and “fairly diverse [interests] when it comes to hobbies, interests, majors, etc.” And they certainly “know how to have a good time” and “enjoy stimulating discussions and new experiences.” Best of all, they form a “community of open-minded people” who are “willing to help one another.” As this student explains, “I transferred to Furman because of the student body. I was completely taken aback at how genuine and kind the people here are.”

Campus Life

If you’re lucky enough to attend Furman, you can expect to maintain a pretty busy schedule. “It is very common for everyone to be involved with many clubs and organizations.” After all, there’s so much to discover and partake in outside of academics. To begin with, Furman undergrads are an athletic lot and you’ll often find “people play[ing] pick up games on the sports fields” or participating in intramurals and club sports. Plus, “athletic events are very accessible to students and are free.” For individuals with an altruistic bent, there are a “variety of community service opportunities.” Greek life is also fairly popular at Furman. However, students make a point of mentioning that “party culture isn’t extremely prevalent on campus, and the Greek organizations are very welcoming and open to anyone, regardless of appearances, socioeconomic class, or affinity for partying.” The university itself hosts numerous “cultural events” where undergrads “can go learn about something new or hear an engaging speaker.” And, of course, people can easily join some of the many organizations like Residential Life Council, Eco Reps, and the student run musical theatre group, Pauper Players. Lastly, when undergrads want a respite from campus life, they head into “downtown Greenville and try new restaurants, go to concerts, bar hop and EXPLORE. You can often find students downtown at the various “cute coffee shops [and] farmers markets.” Given its proximity to the outdoors, many also like to “get into nature and hike Paris Mountain” or “bik[e] the Swamp Rabbit Trail.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Brad Pochard
Dean of Admission

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

Phone
864-294-2034

Email
admissions@furman.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Daniel Dining Hall
Trone Student Center
Physical Activities Center
Charles Townes Science Center
Duke Library
Timmons Arena, Bell Tower, Residence Halls or North Village Apartments

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Greenville shops and restaurants
Swamp Rabbit Trail
Greenville Drive - Minor League Baseball
Falls Park
Peace Center for Performing Arts
Bon Secour Center (concerts), Paris Mountain

Campus Tours

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

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Tours generally start at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 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

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

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)

Admissions

Applicants: 5,194
Acceptance Rate: 65%
Average HS GPA: 3.62







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