At the heart of our university–and your college experience–is an outstanding academic program. At Furman, you’ll enjoy a national caliber liberal arts and sciences education on a campus internationally recognized for its beauty, while preparing for a fulfilling career and a life of purpose. You won’t just become better. You’ll graduate with The Furman Advantage. Don’t just take our word for it. See how Furman surpassed the national average in Gallup’s “Big Six” college experiences survey.
Something Brought You Here
Call it tenacity. Call it grit. You’ve got the determination and the intellect. Combine those with a place with the same drive and spirit, and you get the ultimate advantage.
At Furman, you are guaranteed an unparalleled education that combines classroom learning with real-world experiences and self-discovery. We call it The Furman Advantage.
Founded in 1826, Furman is the oldest private university in South Carolina.
Vision, Mission, and Values
Furman provides students a distinctive education in fine arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics and the sciences, as well as select professional disciplines.
Meet the people who manage Furman’s academic and administrative departments.
Facts & Figures
What makes Furman University one of the nation’s premier undergraduate liberal arts colleges? We believe it’s our academics. Our top-notch faculty are committed to teaching students how to think critically, how to evaluate and create, and how to see things from multiple perspectives. Because of these principles, our students graduate broadly-educated and well-rounded, prepared for leadership and eager to take on the challenges of a complex world.
Rankings & Recognition
Founded in 1826, Furman University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts and sciences universities, offering rigorous academics, broad research opportunities, a robust visual and performing arts program, and NCAA Division I athletics.
Campus Beauty Photo Gallery
Continually recognized as one of the most beautiful college campuses, Furman offers 750 acres of classic building design and park-like greenspace for all to enjoy.
Student Pathways - Meet Addison
Addison Smith ’22
Majors: Spanish and Politics and International Affairs
When Addison Smith ’22 came to Furman for a tour of the campus, he “just fell in love with it,” he says. “I could feel the sense of community when we drove in the gates. I’ve felt that every day since I’ve been here.”
- Becomes an admissions ambassador, giving tours of campus to prospective students.
- Joins orientation staff to extend his leadership experience, named an orientation leader his sophomore, junior and senior years.
- First year, joins the two-year Shucker Institute for leadership development, serves as programs and events coordinator his junior year.
- Summer after first year, becomes the
first intern with Carly Fiorina Enterprises in Alexandria, Virginia, with financial support from the internship office.
- Joins The Riley Institute’s Advance Team, helping plan and organize the campus visits of high-level national speakers.
- Sophomore year was elected Student Government Association president of his class.
- Joins Heller Service Corps, a volunteer public service organization with more than 800 student members. Joins the leadership team in his sophomore year. His junior year, becomes director of programs. As a senior, becomes student director of the organization.
- The summer between sophomore and junior years, volunteers with the Greenville Hispanic Alliance, serving as a translator and helping migrants complete naturalization paperwork.
- Mentors and tutors Hispanic youth in Greenville.
- The same summer, is a research fellow investigating the effects of COVID-19 on immigration to the United States.
- Summer before senior year works at the lobbying firm McGuireWoods Consulting in Washington, D.C.
- Applying to law school and to teach English in Spain.
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Diversity & Inclusion
Our student body represents many different cultural, religious, sexual, gendered and intellectual backgrounds and abilities. Our students’ minds reflect this.
Learn about Furman’s progress and accomplishments in the annual President’s Report.