When Joseph Vaughn enrolled at Furman in 1965, he put the university on a path toward becoming a more diverse and inclusive community. Today, the university is committed to meaningful diversity and equality​Furman's student body represents 44 states, 47 countries and many different cultural, religious, sexual, gendered and intellectual backgrounds.​

As we commemorate the anniversary of Furman enrolling its first African-American students, the university continues to integrate the value of diversity into the fabric of campus life.​ Through a wide range of student organizations and multicultural programs, Furman seeks to build a community that upholds the inherent worth of individuals in an atmosphere of mutual respect, trust, and civility​.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion leads the university's efforts to become a more welcoming, diverse, and inclusive community. To achieve this, the office works with departments and student organizations across campus to ensure Furman is creating an environment where differences are embraced. Visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Student Organizations

Our student organizations exist to encourage and promote awareness of cultural diversity among Furman students, faculty, and staff, as well as the Greenville community. Our organizations are open to all students, regardless of background. Find a student organization.

Office of Study Away and International Education

Every year, Furman helps international students adjust to life in the United States through information sessions and extracurricular activities. Visit the Office of Study Away and International Education.

Office of Admi​ssion

The Office of Admission provides many resources for prospective students:

  • The Mosaic group is a student organization that assists in the recruitment of multicultural prospective students.  
  • The Multicultural Achievement Program (M.A.P.), occurring in the winter of every year, gives high school juniors an idea of the daily life of a Furman student in a relaxed and informative setting. Participants enjoy a tour of campus, sit in on a mock class, and have conversations with current multicultural students.
  • The Multicultural Student Evening, occurring after one of our Accepted Student Days, offers accepted multicultural students and their families the experience of community through panel discussions, dinner, and evening activities.

For more information, contact Fred Silva, our admission coordinator for international recruitment.

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