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Rankings & Recognition

Furman University is regularly featured in the most prominent college guides and consistently ranks among the nation’s top colleges. Whether it’s our prestigious, accessible faculty, the classroom experience of our students, our sustainability efforts, outstanding research opportunities or beautiful, 750-acre campus, Furman earns recognition alongside some of the best universities in the nation. That includes being listed as the top-rated liberal arts and sciences institution in South Carolina by U.S. News & World Report.   

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has accredited Furman, a top-ranked, private liberal arts and sciences university, to award bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees. But addition to these, the university’s four institutes – The Robert and Margaret Hill Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Riley Institute, The Institute for the Advancement of Community Health, and The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities – offer students even more opportunities for engaged learning even as the institutes provide a host of trainings, boot camps and events to the wider community. 

Furman’s academic excellence, diverse opportunities, breath-taking campus and community impact are reflected, in part, in these recent accolades and rankings.

U.S. News & World Report

National Liberal Arts Colleges

Most Innovative School (five years in a row)

Best Undergraduate Teaching

Best Colleges for Veterans

First-Year Experience

Best Undergraduate Research (among all universities)

Best Value College

The Princeton Review

The Best 387 Colleges

Best Schools for Making an Impact

Most Politically Active Students

Most Accessible Professors

Best Classroom Experience

Most Active Student Government

Best College Theater

Best Value College

Forbes - America's Top Colleges

Top Colleges in South Carolina

Top Colleges in the South

Colleges with the happiest, most successful alumni

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

Best Colleges in the US (out of 797 US colleges and universities)

Top-ranked college/university in South Carolina

Other Publications

Underrated Colleges Doing Great Things
College Consensus

Stunning College Campuses in All 50 States
HGTV (one per state)

Stars Rating
Assoc. for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Ed

Overall Performers
Sustainable Campus Index

The 50 Most Beautiful Colleges in America
Architectural Digest - 2018

Top University Police Departments
Safe Campus

First Forward Institution
Center for First-Generation Student Success


Furman University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Furman University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097, by calling 404-679-4500, of by using information available on SACSCOC’s website,

Furman is a member of the Southern Conference, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Associated Colleges of the South, Council of Independent Colleges, American Conference of Academic Deans, and Annapolis Group. The chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society. The program in music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The Teacher Education Program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Furman is also a member of the Associated Colleges of the South. This consortium of 16 distinguished liberal arts colleges and universities seeks to strengthen the academic programs of its member institutions. The consortium provides a variety of grants and resources for faculty, students, and institutional programs.