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Furman University
Furman has emerged as a national leader among liberal arts colleges by giving students...

Furman University

Greenville, South Carolina

Furman has emerged as a national leader among liberal arts colleges by giving students the chance to learn through independent study, research projects with professors, study abroad, community service and internships around the world.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
2,810 undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
43% male — 57% female
68% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
231 full-time faculty
67 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

96% of students living on campus. Other information pertaining to housing.

School Location

Furman University has a picturesque campus with its own lake. Located in just 5 miles outside of downtown Greenville, students can enjoy the city and all it has to offer.

Retention Fall 2014

89% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

84% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 5%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 5%
White 79%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%

Academic Programs

Asian Studies, Biology, Neuroscience, Accounting, Business Administration, Speech Communication, Computer and Information Sciences, Computer Science, Information Science, Elementary Education, Music Education,  Engineering, English, Greek, Classics, French, German, Latin, Spanish, Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, History, Mathematics, Computer Science, Fitness, Kinesiology, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Psychology, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Studies, Art, Drama, Music 

Furman is a liberal arts institution with a focus on student-faculty interactions. The University recognizes the immense value of these interactions as a system of intellectual give and take. Students are taught to think critically, communicate effectively, and engage in higher-level conceptualization.

A Liberal Arts Education
A liberal arts degree is incredibly useful in today’s global society. Furman provides its students with a well-rounded educational experience—one that transcends disciplines and departments. Ultimately, students will commit themselves to a specific area of study, but they will also be equipped with a wide range of skills. Students are given responsibility over their educations and are encouraged to take advantage of all the academic and personal resources Furman has to offer.

Signature Programs
Furman is noted for its integration of special learning programs into its core curriculum. Students are given the opportunity to participate in experiential learning, undergraduate research, and study abroad. These signature programs give students the chance to put academic theory into practice.

Study Abroad
Furman offers abroad programs in over 30 countries. Furman’s faculty-led programs are an awesome way for students to explore their new surroundings with the help of their professors. Professors are able to transfer the value of a Furman education to different locations, teaching students to remain well-rounded, adventurous learners.

Furman has 240 full-time faculty members, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1. Furman makes student-faculty interactions the core of its educational experience. Communication between students and professors should be open and focused toward intellectual progress and innovation. Furman faculty take an interest in each student, knowing their name and areas of interest.

Academic Advising
Academic advising is taken seriously at Furman. Each student is assigned an advisor who provides academic and career counseling. The goal of academic advising is to help students discover their intellectual and personal talents. Advisors also help students figure out how to apply their passions to a career path.

While Furman is known for its top-notch academics, the University also has an exciting community life. Students have access to over 150 clubs and organizations, the interests of which span from Greek life to film clubs.

Furman has 20 NCAA Division I teams, affording students several opportunities to cheer on their fellow peers. Students interested in participating in non-collegiate athletics can join an intramural or club sport. The Physical Activities Center is also available for those who are simply interested in exercising and staying fit.

Health and Wellness
It is very important for college students to maintain healthy lifestyles so that they may perform to their fullest potential. Furman’s health services assist the needs of the students, whether they are physical or emotional. There are counseling services to help students sort out their academic and social stresses, as well as tips for eating healthy.

The student success rate at Furman is very high, and this is due to a dedication from both the faculty and the students themselves. Within six months of graduation, 97% of grads find employment. Furman is committed to fostering meaningful, educational experiences and grooming students into responsible leaders and innovators.

Career Services
Career Services is dedicated to the progress of each student. Furman provides services to help students prepare for their first interview, write a great resume, and choose a career path. Students are encouraged to utilize these services for the many benefits they offer, including a competitive edge over other graduates.


Admissions Fall 2014

4,583 Total Applicants
3,149 Total Admissions
729 Total Freshmen Enrollment

68.71% of applicants admitted


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $44,288
Fees $380
Total $44,668
Room and Board (on campus) $11,204
Room Only $6,022
Board Only $5,182
Estimated Total On Campus $55,872


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

96% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
35% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$26,555 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$9,061 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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