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Academic Advising

At Furman, your advisor will do much more than just explain general education requirements. They’ll take the time to get to know who you are as a person. Your goals, your interests, and your career plans. Your advisor will answer and ask questions, provide guidance about what classes you should consider, and help you determine what opportunities and resources exist on and off campus. By the end of your time at Furman, you’ll have a mentor you can always turn to for advice.

Expectations of Students and Advisors

The relationship between advisor and student is one of shared responsibility. Learn what to expect.

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Year One: Exploration and Discovery

Your first year is an opportunity to discover your skills, interests, values, identity, and goals by taking courses in a variety of different academic fields.

Explore and discover

Year Two: Focused Exploration and Decision-Making

Year two places an emphasis on inquiry and exploration which involves finding a major that helps you meet life and career goals, but that you also find appealing and fulfilling.

Make decisions
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Year Three: Connecting and Refining

In the third year, you begin to focus your study in a major. It is also a time for you to take the initiative to seek out opportunities where you are able to apply your developing knowledge and skills to meet real-world challenges, through opportunities such as internships, community engagement projects, or research experiences.

Connect and refine

Year Four: Synthesis, Reflection and Closure

The fourth year is the culmination of your academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular experiences at Furman and is the time to reflect upon your accomplishments and your plans following graduation.

Reflect and find closure
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