Furman University, founded in 1826, is a private, liberal arts university. Its emphasis on education outside the traditional classroom, including undergraduate research, internships, apprenticeships, volunteer service and study-abroad programs, makes the school distinctive. By supplementing classroom instruction with other opportunities, it gives students greater responsibility for their education, develops their self-confidence and sharpens their leadership skills. Its 750-acre campus, five miles from Greenville, is located at the foot of Paris Mountain.

Website: www.furman.edu/

Private
Co-ed
2,768
Undergraduate
Students
(59.4%) 1,644 Women
(40.6%) 1,124 Men
179
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
61% of 5,469 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
600-700 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
659 average
630-710 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
29 average
28-32 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$65,024
Tuition and Fees
$49,532
Room and Board
$12,712
Average Percent of Need Met
83%
Average Freshman Award
$40,488
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$34,072
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
235
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 11% of classes
10-19 students: 43% of classes
20-29 students: 42% of classes
30-39 students: 4% of classes
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Campus Life

Greenville Population
60,709 
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
91% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Paladin - a Knight on Horseback
Sororities
61% of women participate
Fraternities
32% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.4% Asian
7.2% Black/African-American
5.9% Hispanic/Latino
3.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
79.1% White
2.2% Unknown
International Students
3.5% from 34 countries
First-Year Students Returning
91.4%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
74.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
32%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 3
Foreign Language 2 3
Social Studies 3 4
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Considered if submitted January 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
3300 Poinsett Highway
City, State, Zip
Greenville, SC 29613
Phone
(864) 294-2034
Fax
(864) 294-3127
E-mail
admission@furman.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$50
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 1
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
 
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15
Early Decision Notification
November 15
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
December 1
Early Action Notification
December 20

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
61% of 5,469 applicants were admitted
Women
64% of 3,256 applicants were admitted
Men
56% of 2,213 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
720 (22%) of 3,339 admitted students enrolled
Women
425 (20%) of 2,096 admitted students enrolled
Men
306 (25%) of 1,243 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
86% of 117 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
70% of 3,429 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List
140
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
24

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
600-700 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
27%
Score of 600 - 700
49%
Score of 500 - 600
34%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
659 average
630-710 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
29%
Score of 600 - 700
58%
Score of 500 - 600
12%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
29 average
28-32 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
52%
Score of 24 - 29
42%
Score of 18 - 23
6%
Score of 12 - 17
Not reported
Score of 6 - 11
Not reported
Score of 5 or Below
Not reported

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 41%
Top quarter: 71%
Top half: 92%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$65,024
Tuition and Fees
$49,532
Room and Board
$12,712
Books and Supplies
$810
Other Expenses
$1,970
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
financial.aid@furman.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
March 1
Award Notification
On or about March 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003434
Free
State Aid Form  
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
510 (71.3%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
350 (73.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
350 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
155 (40.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
83%
Average Award
$40,488
Need-Based Gift
Received by 343 (98.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $30,222
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 234 (66.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,351
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 84 (29.9%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
270 (40.3%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $18,616

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,528 (56.7%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,214 (79.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,213 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
528 (39.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
81%
Average Award
$41,883
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,194 (97.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $30,365
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 867 (67.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,779
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 292 (29.6%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
1,212 (48.2%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $18,905

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
40%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$34,072
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Area/Ethnic Studies, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Home Economics, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Religion/Biblical Studies, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Creative Writing, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Community Service, Leadership, Religious Involvement
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children of Faculty/Staff, Ethnic Background, International Students, Local/State Students, Relatives of Clergy, Religious Affiliation, Veterans
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Studies
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Computer Science
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • History, General
  • Information Technology
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Mathematics, General
  • Modern Greek Language and Literature
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Urban Studies/Affairs
  • Voice and Opera
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Business/marketing, Health professions and related sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Double major, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
235
Part-Time Faculty
92
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
71%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 11% of classes
10-19 students: 43% of classes
20-29 students: 42% of classes
30-39 students: 4% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Not reported
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
2,227,063
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
500
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Science

Master's Programs of Study

  • Chemistry

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Greenville Population
60,709 
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
800 acres

Weather

Temperature
30 average low in January, 85.5 average high in September
Rain
119 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
8 mile(s) from campus in Greenville
Nearest Train Station
8 mile(s) from campus in Greenville

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
91% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
 
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Paladin - a Knight on Horseback
School Colors
Purple and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Cheerleading x x    
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Football     x x
Golf x x x x
Lacrosse x x x x
Soccer x x x x
Softball x x    
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Cheerleading x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Football    
Golf x x
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Cheerleading    
Cross-Country Running x x
Football x x
Golf x x
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x x
Softball    
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
equestrian sports, swimming and diving, ultimate Frisbee
Men's Club Sports
rugby, swimming and diving, ultimate Frisbee

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities
Sororities
61% of women participate
Fraternities
32% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
2,768
Women
1,644 (59.4%)
Men
1,124 (40.6%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
2,677
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.4% Asian
7.2% Black/African-American
5.9% Hispanic/Latino
3.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
79.1% White
2.2% Unknown
International Students.
3.5% from 34 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
179

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
91.4%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
74.5%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
80.1%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
80.5%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
32%
Average Starting Salary
32%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 1%
Engineering 1%
Law 9%
Theology 2%
Arts and Sciences 11%
Medicine 6%
Education 3%
Other 8%

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