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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 by doing through independent study, research projects with professors, study abroad, community service, and internships around the world.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,731 undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
43% male — 57% female
69% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
247 full-time faculty
70 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 2015

89% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

83% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 6%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 5%
White 78%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
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 that places a dedicated 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 still commit themselves to a specific area of study, but they are also equipped with a wide range of skills. They are given responsibility over their educations and are encouraged to take advantage of all the academic and personal resources that 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 as well as faculty-led programs that 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. With this tightly knit community 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, and so Furman faculty take an interest in each student’s individual interests.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is taken seriously at Furman, putting students in close contact with all they need to succeed. Each student is assigned an advisor who provides academic and career counseling. The goal of this advising is to help students discover their intellectual and personal talents so that they may understand how their interests fit within their field and the workforce at large.

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 both the physical and emotional needs of students, offering guidance to anyone looking to improve their well-being. There are counseling services to help students sort out their academic and social stresses, nutrition advice for staying healthy, and more.

The student success rate at Furman is very high thanks to the dedication of both the faculty and the students themselves. Within six months of graduation, in fact, 97% of graduates find employment. Furman is committed to fostering meaningful, educational experiences as well as grooming students into responsible leaders and innovators.

Career Services

Career Services is dedicated to the progress of each student as they work toward their future goals. Furman provides services to help students prepare for their first interview, write a great résumé, 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 2015

5,143 Total Applicants 
3,268 Total Admissions 
672 Total Freshman Enrollment

63.54% of applicants admitted


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $45,632
Fees $380
Total $46,012
Room and Board (on campus) $11,522
Room Only $6,202
Board Only $5,320
Estimated Total On Campus $57,534


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

97% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
37% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$27,818 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$8,995 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

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