Furman's three application dates let you decide when you would like to make your college decision. Here's a guide to get you through the process.

Questions about your application? Contact us at 864.294.2034 or admission@furman.edu.

Required steps

  • Choose an application plan

      At Furman, we treat each applicant as an individual.  To that end, we've tailored three different application processes to meet each student's particular needs.

      Early decision

      If Furman is your first choice and you are confident that you will attend if admitted, apply Early Decision.  Furman's Early Decision is binding, meaning that if you are admitted, you agree to withdraw your applications from all other institutions and commit to enroll at Furman.  After admission, you are free to sit back and relax, while all of your friends scramble to apply to colleges.

      Please note that if you apply for Merit-based Scholarships such as the Lay, Duke, Hollingsworth, Townes, or Departmental Scholarships, you will not be notified of the potential award until the following April.  Therefore, if your college decision is dependent upon financial assistance from Merit-based Scholarships, we believe that either applying Early Action or Regular Decision would be a better choice for you, allowing you to compare financial aid packages from a number of schools in the spring rather than committing yourself now through an early binding agreement.  If you have already applied Early Decision but your enrollment is contingent upon merit-based aid, we strongly encourage you to change your application from Early Decision to either Early Action or Regular Decision by emailing us at admission@furman.edu or calling us at 864.294.2034.

      Early action

      Early Action allows you to apply and learn about your admission decision before we notify applicants in our Regular Decision process.  With Early Action, you're still free to investigate other schools.

      Regular decision

      If you want to keep your options open and need the most time to complete admission applications, apply Regular Decision. Regular Decision is the most traditional way that students apply to colleges.

        Early decision   Early action  Regular decision
       Application deadline  Nov. 1  Nov. 15  Jan. 15
       Admission notification  Dec. 1  Feb. 1  April 1
       Decision deadline*  Jan. 5  May 1  May 1

      *Statement of intent and enrollment deposit due

  • Complete the Common Application

      All students may complete and submit the Common Application online. There is a $50 application fee.

  • Submit your school report

      Check with your guidance counselor to make sure he or she has completed your School Report. The report tells us about the courses and programs offered by your school.

  • Submit your high school transcript

      A strong college preparatory course of study is essential. At minimum, it must include four years of English, algebra I and II, geometry, three years of social studies, at least three years of natural sciences, and two years of the same foreign language.

  • Schedule an interview if you are home-schooled

      If you are a home-schooled student, we ask that you participate in a phone interview with Lindsey Waters, our Home-School Student Coordinator. Interviews allow us the opportunity to better understand the curriculum and opportunities available to you.  Please submit your Common Application before you request an interview.

      Interviews are available according to the decision plan in which you apply. Request an interview on the links below:

      Early Decision: November 18
      Early Action: December 19
      Regular Decision: February 18 

      If you have any questions, please email lindsey.waters@furman.edu or call 864.294.2034.

Optional steps

  • Apply for merit-based scholarships

      We offer a number of scholarships to students who demonstrate strong ability based on their academic achievements, or who are gifted in other areas. Unless otherwise specified, these scholarships require separate applications that are due January 20. Please note that all decisions regarding Merit-based Scholarships are not determined until early April.  If your enrollment is contingent upon these scholarships, please do not apply Early Decision, as the deadline for the deposit is prior to your scholarship notification.

  • Apply for financial assistance

      We understand that college can be expensive, so we're here to help.  Below are a few steps that will allow you to seek financial aid.  You may also find more detailed steps at the financial aid website.

      Complete the CSS Profile.

      Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


        Early decision   Early action  Regular decision
      CSS Profile Priority Filing Date   Nov. 15  Feb. 15  Mar. 1
      FAFSA Priority Filing Date  Mar. 1  Feb. 15  Mar. 1
      Merit-based Scholarship Application Deadline  Jan. 20  Jan. 20  Jan. 20
      Financial Aid / Special Recognition Scholarship Notification*  Dec. 15  Mar. 1  Apr. 2

      * Merit-based Scholarship notifications all in early April

  • Submit standardized test scores

      Our personal approach to the admission process allows us to gain insight about who you are, both academically and personally.  Furman's Admission Committee is interested in getting to know the whole student — one who seeks academic challenge, leadership, service, commitment to the community and civic engagement.  We view the admission process as an opportunity for you to showcase yourself and your abilities.

      The Admission Committee believes that your potential for success cannot be determined solely by standardized test scores.  Therefore, submitting your SAT or ACT scores is optional.

      Our goal is to shape Furman's community with students of all different talents, backgrounds, personalities, interests, and passions.  We invite you to let us get to know all about you.

      If you do decide to submit your test scores and submit multiple test results, the Admission Committee will select the scores that offer you the greatest advantage in the admission review process.  Furman's school code for the SAT and TOEFL is 5222, and the code for ACT is 3858. If you do not wish for us to consider your scores, please indicate so on the Supplement to the Common Application.

  • Schedule a FAN interview

      Furman Admission Network interviews give you the opportunity to talk about all those things that make you unique — your talents, experiences and aspirations. What better way to find out if Furman is right for you? These informal interviews with Furman alumni or parents allow you to speak with someone who knows Furman personally. Though optional, we encourage all applicants to participate in an informal interview. Be sure to sign up for an interview before the deadline.

If you have any questions about applying to Furman, feel free to contact us.

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