Bird's eye view of Furman lake and belltower in the spring


Furman University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top colleges and featured in the most prominent college guides. That includes being listed as the top-rated liberal arts and sciences institution in South Carolina by U.S. News & World Report. Here are some of the recent accolades.

U.S. News & World Report

No. 46 among National Liberal Arts Colleges in U.S. News & World Report
No. 3 in Best Colleges for Veterans in U.S. News & World Report
5th Most Innovative Schools in U.S. News & World Report
No. 12 in Best Undergraduate Teaching in U.S. News & World Report
34 Best Undergraduate research in U.S. News & World Report



The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review’s Among The Best Value Colleges
The Princeton Review’s #9 Best Schools for Making an Impact
The Best 384 Colleges by The Princeton Review
#17 in Most Active Student Government. The Princeton Review
No. 4 for Most Politically Active Students The Princeton Review
 No. 17 for “Most Accessible Professors The Princeton Review
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Forbes Americas' top colleges Top rated in South Carolina
Forbes Americas' top colleges, #21 top colleges in the South
Forbes Americas' top colleges, #112 College with the happiest most successful alumni


The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

Ranked No. 148 out of 968 U.S. institutions in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking, highest among South Carolina schools

Other Publications

Ranked No. 13 among College Consensus’ 50 Underrated Colleges Doing Great
Ranked 45th among more than 250 colleges in Sierra Club’s annual Cool Schools rankings.
STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in recognition of sustainability achievements.
top 10 overall performers (No. 7) in Sustainable Campus Index
The 50 Most Beautiful Colleges in America” by Architectural Digest
Furman Police Department ranked No. 11 among the Top 25 University Departments by Safe Campus, the National Campus Safety Summit.
First Forward Institution. Center for First-generation Student Success