About Furman University

Founded in 1826, Furman University. is a Private college. Located in South Carolina, which is a city setting in South Carolina, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 2,797 full time undergraduate students, and 206 full time graduate students.

The Furman University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 11:1. There are 237 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Furman University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate67%
Application Deadline1-Nov
Application Fee50
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at are considered Selective, with ,28% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 14 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

92% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 72% were in the top quarter, and 40% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE Reviews

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Furman University.

0%
“We”re apathetic”
33%
“We know about current events and vote”
53%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
13%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
13%
“Sometimes, but not often”
69%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
19%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
19%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
81%
“I feel extremely safe”
13%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
53%
“We bought the gear”
33%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
13%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
63%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
25%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
73%
“They keep regular office hours”
27%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
19%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
81%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
6%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
31%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
50%
“We only party on weekends”
13%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
13%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
88%
“There might be people who do”
0%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
0%
“We”re apathetic”
33%
“We know about current events and vote”
53%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
13%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
13%
“Sometimes, but not often”
69%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
19%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
19%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
81%
“I feel extremely safe”
13%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
53%
“We bought the gear”
33%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
13%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
63%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
25%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
73%
“They keep regular office hours”
27%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
19%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
81%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
6%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
31%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
50%
“We only party on weekends”
13%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
13%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
88%
“There might be people who do”
0%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    61 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    43 Students rated off-campus housing 2.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    64 Students rated campus food 3.3 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    63 Students rated campus facilities 4.4 stars. 57 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    64 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 78 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    62 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    63 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    64 Students rated academics 3.8 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.

Furman University REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Furman University?

19 Students rated Furman University

Jennifer - 05/11/2020

Furman is a small enough school where you do not feel alone, but also big enough where not everyone knows your business. Education is competitive, and professors are understanding if anything is happening to students personally. Therapy is available on campus, which is excellent. The music program is the most challenging in the state of South Carolina, so do not apply if you are not prepared for a challenge. Scenery is beautiful, and most of staff are kind and caring.

Emily - 05/08/2020

Furman has many great opportunities for its students, but not opportunities that are worth nearly 70K a year. Furman is greedy for money. As a first generation student receiving full financial aid, Furman has been very unhelpful in trying to find the resources I need to succeed on their campus. If I were able to live off campus, I would be much more equipped to pay for my education there, except Furman requires all students to remain on campus the entirety of their four years there, even though apartments just a few minutes away are much cheaper. They are much less concerned with the voice of the student body than they are with grooming the lawns on campus. That being said, Furman also has amazing staff and incredibly influential professors and a beautiful campus to call your home for the four years you stay there. Only worth it if you really have the money to spare, if not you can get the same quality education for a fraction of the price.

Loni - 12/30/2019

As I reflect on my college experience at Furman University, I think about how much Furman stresses diversity. As a person of color I was intrigued by the amount of improvement that this University has made to continue to strive for a more inclusive and diverse environment. I am very involved in many of the organizations on this campus that are built around many ethnicities and cultural variety backgrounds that are about how we can make changes happen for our campus and our community. To name a few: Furman University International Association, Student League of Black Culture and NAACP. Furman has overall really been a amazing place that I call home for the past three years. There is something special about being apart of organization that provide a space to voice opinions and activate change. I am ever so thankful for this experience that Furman has given me and that continues to promote for all people in this community.

Charles - 11/29/2019

Furman University is a small liberal arts college in Greenville, SC. The school's small size provides for many opportunities. The small class sizes helps students build relationships with faculty and other students. Furman's classes are moderately rigorous, but provide enough challenge intellectually. Furman helps provide students with skills to help them grow as people rather than to just get a degree. The only draw away Furman has is its cost. At times, I find myself thinking that this school is not worth as much as I am paying. However, the university is very generous in giving scholarships and attempt to make everything as affordable as possible. I would recommend any student to visit and/or apply to Furman University.

Furman University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Furman University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Furman University is 67%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Visit the school, stay overnight, sit in on a class. Really get to understand the people. The people build or break the atmosphere that you have formed of the school yourself.

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  3. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I would consider the worst thing about Furman is the dining hall food. Furman has wonderful breakfast and that is the best meal of the day and it should because breakfast is the most important. Furman also has the Paladin which counts for another place to eat food on campus. The Paladin includes Moes, Subs, Chick Fil A, and a Sushi place, only one out of four of these places are a place to eat healthy. I also dislike that out of all the eating places the unhealthiest one stays open the latest which is Moes.

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  4. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    That is was going to be so hard, then I would have put more effort into studying my freshman year.

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  5. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The campus is beautiful, the classes are small, and the professors are WONDERFUL.

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  6. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about my school is its size. At 2,600 students the average class size is aout 15 students. The professors get to know students personally and are always able to take the time to meet with students and offer extra help. Also the size means that a student will never attend a class, cultural, or social event where they don't know at least one person.

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  7. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    It's strong academic focus. It is South Carolina's most prestigious college. Very preppy, wealthy students attend Furman.

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  8. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    The perfect engaged-learning school

    Read all  10 answers
  9. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone with an open mind that doesn't mind if they need to spend the weekends in the library and not just partying.

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  10. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The campus is beautiful.

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  11. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Someone who is not driven to work or willing to adapt to a fairly high and demanding work load. Also, the typical student that should not attend would be someone close-minded and unwilling to accept or at least listen to new ideas and diverse individuals.

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  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The work load can be daunting.

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  13. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are mainly wealthy white conservative students who party and study hard to succeed.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I think Furman is the right size because that is the size university I wanted to attend. There is so much to get involved with on campus and in Greenville that you have no excuse to be bored. There is a ton of pride from students, alums and the larger community. The huge issue last year was all of the political candidates that spoke on campus with the addition of Ann Coulter's visit and President Bush giving the Commencement Address. I was very proud of how most people dealt with it. Not at all proud of the faculty protesters at Commencement - VERY SELFISH on their part.

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  15. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    upper middle class; smart students; well-rounded athletically and academically; fairly conservative; somewhat religious

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  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Great Student Activities and Organizations at Furman from Greek Life to Chorale to ROTC to Athletics.

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  17. What are the academics like at your school?

    I know all of my professors by name and they know me by name. If I miss class they will email or call to see if I am sick or something.

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  18. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    For the most part - NO. While many may be from wealthy families many are from middle class or poor families. Furman is expensive but also gives a ton of Financial Aid and tries to recruit all races from all regions. You do need to study to do well at Furman but you can have time for social and athletic outlets if you plan your time wisely. There are those that love to party hard but most students are very responsible with alcohol if they chose to drink.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    I would say that most people here fit this stereotype. Almost all of my friends are white and are from the South, and those who are not from the South are sometimes seen as outsiders. Almost everyone is Christian (I don't know any Jewish people), and almost everyone is considered to be pretty wealthy. Those who are on scholarships/financial aid do not really openly share their money problems with others.

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Student Body

Students

58%

female

42%

male

2,797

Total Undergrad Enrollment

206

Total Grad Students

72%

Out-Of-State

27%

In-State

1%

International

Organizations

150

Student Organizations

7

Fraternities

7

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

81%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
2%
% Black or African-American
5%
% Hispanic/Latino
5%
% White or Caucasian
78%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

97% of students attending Furman University receive some sort of financial aid. 13% were awarded federal grants. While 36% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$47,164

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,270

Books and Supplies

$11,864

Room and Board

60,298

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$15,817
$30 - $48K
$20,890
$48 - $75K
$23,940
$75 - $110K
$27,008
$110K & UP
$34,572

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