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.

Early Decision (Binding)* Early Action* Regular Decision
Admission Application Deadline
Nov 1 Nov 1 Jan 15
Admission Decision Notification
By Nov 15 Dec 20 Mar 1
Merit-based Scholarship Deadline
Jan 19 Jan 19 Jan 19
CSS Profile Priority Deadline
Nov 15 Jan 5 Mar 1
Financial Aid Notification
Dec 1 Jan 15 Mar 15
FAFSA Priority Deadline
Mar 1 Mar 1 Mar 1
Admission Decision Deadline
Jan 5 May 1 May 1

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.

      Early Action

      Early Action allows you to apply and learn about your admission decision early.  With Early Action, you're still free to investigate other schools.

      To be considered for Early Action, you must have all materials submitted by November 15. This means that your application should be submitted by November 1 with all supplementary application materials arriving by November 15. Supplementary materials include your school report, high school transcript, and test scores (if you wish to submit these).

      Regular Decision

      If you want to keep your options open and need the most time to complete admission applications, apply Regular Decision.

  • 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. If you are applying Early Action, your school report must be submitted by November 15.

  • 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. If you are applying Early Action, your high school transcript must be submitted by November 15.

  • Schedule an interview if you are home-schooled

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 19.

  • Apply for financial assistance

      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
      Merit-based Scholarship Deadline
      Jan 19 Jan 19 Jan 19
      CSS Profile Priority Deadline
      Nov 15 Jan 5 Mar 1
      Financial Aid Notification
      Dec 1 Jan 15 Mar 15
      FAFSA Priority Deadline
      Mar 1 Mar 1 Mar 1

  • 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.

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

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