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Vision, Mission and Values


Inspiring purposeful living and fostering thriving communities through learning, creativity, and innovation.


Furman University challenges and supports lifelong learners through rigorous inquiry, transformative experiences, and deep reflection to lead lives of meaning and consequence.


In championing the liberal arts and sciences, Furman University cultivates a community of learners engaged in an effort to understand themselves, the world, and their place in it.

To support this quest for knowledge and meaning, we steadfastly protect freedom of inquiry and hold ourselves to high standards of excellence and integrity. We foster a passion for lifelong learning by nurturing the growth of each individual as a whole person: intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

As we draw lessons from thoughtful consideration of our university’s past, we advocate respect for all people and actively welcome perspectives from a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs.

We aspire to advance thriving communities that honor inquiry, promote diversity, strive for equity, appreciate beauty, and act as responsible stewards of our planet.

These aspirations inspire our vision and shape our mission, calling us to meet the challenges and responsibilities of a complex, diverse, and rapidly changing world with courage, moderation, justice, wisdom, and humility.

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The Furman Advantage

Looking for an advantage? Furman promises an education without parallel that combines learning with experience and discovery, all designed to give you a leg up. It’s an integrated four-year pathway that prepares students for a life of purpose, career and community impact. How’s that for an upper hand?

The Furman Advantage

Our History

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

Our History
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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

Inclusive Communities

We seek to build a community that upholds the inherent worth of individuals in an atmosphere of mutual respect, trust and civility. We do this by embracing diversity in all endeavors.

Visit our inclusive communities
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