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About

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.

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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.

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Our History

Founded in 1826, Furman is the oldest private university in South Carolina.

Our History

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.

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Elizabeth Davis and students

University Leadership

Meet the people who manage Furman’s academic and administrative departments.

Meet our leaders

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.

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states represented by students
94
placement rate 6 months post-graduation (employed or in graduate school)
14
average class size
155
student clubs and organizations

52
Fulbright scholars (cumulative)
2,600
students
70
areas of study
6
Rhodes Scholars (cumulative)

22
countries represented by students
18
Division I athletic teams
9:1
student to faculty ratio
92
participation in internships and/or undergraduate research

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.

Rankings & Recognition
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A great blue heron sits at the edge of Furman lake

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.

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Student Pathways - Meet Addison

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Addison’s four-year pathway

Addison Smith ’22
Majors: Spanish and Politics and International Affairs
Mobile, Alabama

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.

For a more in-depth understanding of the Furman Advantage, download the guide below!

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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.

Diversity & Inclusion
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Begin with Belonging, 2021 President's Report

President's Report

Learn about Furman’s progress and accomplishments in the annual President’s Report.

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Want to know more about Furman? Be sure to contact the appropriate office with your question or concern.

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