with the plan:
Furman’s broad approach is big appeal
According to a recent survey of Furman freshmen, most students rated themselves highest in academic ability, drive to achieve and cooperativeness. The first-year students rated themselves lowest in artistic ability.
In characterizing their political views, the largest number of freshmen said they are conservative, and the next largest number said they are middle of the road. Few described themselves as liberal or as far right or far left.
With few exceptions, a profile of students entering Furman as freshmen in the fall of 1998 is very much like the profile of freshmen entering other private, highly selective schools. They are predominantly white, American citizens, 18 or 19 years old, who graduated from a public high school within the year with a B-or-better grade average.
Furman freshmen indicated their most important reasons for deciding to attend college were to gain a general education, get a better job and to prepare for graduate school. For most, Furman was their first choice of colleges. They chose Furman because of its academic reputation, size of the school, and because its graduates get good jobs.
The largest number of freshmen plan to major in arts and humanities. Almost all plan to earn a bachelor’s degree, and four out of five plan to earn a graduate degree. As for probable careers, the largest number of freshmen men (14.5 percent) plan to be business executives and the women (16 percent) hope to be physicians.