Furman University

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3300 Poinsett Highway

Greenville, SC 29613

Phone: (864) 294-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#52 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Furman University is a private institution that was founded in 1826. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,753, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 800 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Furman University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 52. Its tuition and fees are $43,164 (2013-14).

Furman University, a picturesque campus with its own lake, is located in Greenville, S.C., a city of about 64,000 residents. The campus is five miles away from downtown Greenville, and has its own stop on the local bus route. Students can ride the Greenville Transit Authority buses for $1.50 a way, or can hop on the university shuttle on nights and weekends. In Greenville, students can check out more than 600 restaurants and eateries, and five shopping districts. On campus, there are more than 200 clubs and organizations, and all students must take advantage of campus events through the Cultural Life Program: Before graduation, a student must attend at least 36 school events. All students must live on campus, too, unless they commute from a parent’s home or are married. There are more than a dozen Greek organizations at Furman. The Furman Paladins compete in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference. 

Outside of class, students can grow through programs at the on-campus Shucker Leadership Institute. Through a series of stages - Explore, Engage and Emerge - Furman students learn how to be effective community leaders. Eventually, Shucker Fellows put their leadership skills to work by serving on a local nonprofit organization’s board of directors and can take a five-day Outward Bound trip through the surrounding wilderness. Notable Furman graduates include Richard Riley, former U.S. Secretary of Education; John Broadus Watson, widely known as the “father of behavioral psychology;” and Charles Townes, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

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 nation and the world. Furman is a leader among liberal arts colleges in the percentage of students who engage in undergraduate research during the summer; the university supports student research and internships both on and off-campus, including overseas opportunities. One of Furman's major strategic goals is its commitment to sustainability made evident in the University's curriculum, construction projects, and promotion of community awareness of sustainability. A new initiative in the fine arts aims at the recruitment of additional students in art, art history, theatre and music.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1826
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $550,265,503


When applying to Furman University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are November 15 and November 1, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at Furman University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 77.5 percent and an early acceptance rate of 85.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 77.5%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Furman University is 11:1, and the school has 56.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Furman University include: Political Science and Government; Business Administration, Management and Operations; Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other; Biology, General; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 90.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 79%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Political Science and Government 10%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 7%
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 7%
Biology, General 6%
Psychology, General 6%

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Student Life

Furman University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,753, with a gender distribution of 43.2 percent male students and 56.8 percent female students. At this school, 96 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 4 percent of students live off campus. Furman University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,915
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Furman University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Furman University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Furman University, 92 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Furman University.

Students who have cars on campus 92%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Furman University, 38.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $24,227.

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Tuition and fees $43,164 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,844 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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