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Furman Acronyms

Last updated February 29, 2024

By Katelyn Wong

Are you a Furman Paladin?

What you need to know before you arrive on campus


If you know where to go after the Lib to meet in the PDEN before the FUSAB event on LDOCin the MUBU, then you are a Furman Paladin. Furman students have a lingo all their own. The Lib is the library where Furman students spend many hours, but there are two libraries, and if you are meeting for a study group, you need to know where to go.


The Main Library study lounge is open 24/7 during the academic terms in the James B. Duke Library. The Library Café offers grab-and-go and made-to-order hot and cold beverages, sandwiches, salads, smoothies, and snacks. The Sanders Science Library is located in the middle of Plyler Hall at the heart of Furman’s campus. 


Music students are familiar with MUBU, home to Daniel Recital Hall, the premier acoustic recital venue on campus with adjustable ceiling acoustic panels. The Herring Pavilion, rehearsal spaces, multimedia classrooms, the music reference/research library and media center, MAC computer lab, recording console, and space for event receptions are all available in the MUBU (music building).

Dining Hall, Food
Dining Hall at Furman University

If you are looking for food on campus, you want to check out the DH (Daniel Dining Hall) offers multiple serving stations with a variety of cuisine. My favorite is the dessert station. The Furman cookies are famous and should never be skipped. Inside the Trone Student Center, the PalaDen, or PDEN, has Chick-fil-A, Moe’s Southwestern Grill and Sushi with Gusto. Starbucks is across the hall in the campus bookstore.


The PAC is a great place to work out to keep off the Freshman Fifteen that can happen from all the dining options. The Herman W. Lay Physical Activities Center (PAC) offers a full gym with aerobics and weight lifting machines, a dance studio, and a swimming pool- that I have never tried but looks good! I have used the gym and taken dance studio classes, which have been great.

On-campus groups have their own acronyms. FUSAB (foo-sab) Furman University Activities Board is the student-run group that plans the fun stuff. Student Government is SGA, FUOC Furman University Outdoor Club, FUPEC Furman University Percussion, and the BTB Bell Tower Boys is the men’s acapella singing group. Pauper Players is the student theater group but does not have an acronym.


FUPO (fu-poe) Furman Police are always available on campus and work hard to build relationships that foster mutual trust and respect. First-year students should stop by the FUPO table at the Activities Fair the first week of school; they usually have donuts and great campus swag. 

Making your way around campus, first-year students live in SOHO (so-ho) South Housing, sophomores are in Lakeside, and Juniors and Seniors live in the Apartments. However, if you want to venture off campus, you must know that downtown Travelers Rest is TR (tee-ahr). Favorite off-campus restaurants are Salsas (Mr. Salsa), JOT (jott) Joy of Tokyo, WaHo (wah-hoe) Waffle House, and ABC (ay-bee-see) Atlanta Bread Company. Do not forget to take your Furman ID for discounts at ABC and Publix if you are going to pick up a PubSub (pub-sub) Publix Sub before your hike or bike ride on the Swamp Rabbit, the 23-mile walking and bicycling greenway through campus that connects to TR and DT.


Furman students must attend a series of events called CLPs. Four Cultural Life Program events are required per semester, with thirty-two needed for graduation. CLPs are a variety of artistic and cultural experiences offered each month on a wide range of topics and issues. Students may select lectures, discussions, guest performers, and author events to attend. The first semester of the first year is a great time to get a few extra CLPs and meet new people by inviting other students to attend an event. You must check-in and present your Furman student ID card at events to earn credit! Class registration priority is based on class standing as determined by credits earned and CLP events attended.


These are just some of the insider acronyms at Furman. Do not worry if you do not have them all memorized by FDOC (eff-dock) First Day of Class because you will be sure to have it all straight by LDOC (el-dock) Last Day of Class.