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
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
Underrated Colleges Doing Great Things
Stunning College Campuses in All 50 States
HGTV (one per state)
Assoc. for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Ed
Sustainable Campus Index
The 50 Most Beautiful Colleges in America
Architectural Digest - 2018
Top University Police Departments
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, www.sacscoc.org.
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.