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International Students

Congratulations! You have taken the first step toward a four-year experience at one of the United States’ highest ranked universities.  We are pleased that you’re interested in joining our community of bright, highly-motivated students.

Furman’s four different application dates let you decide when you would like to make your college decision. Here’s a guide to get you through the process.

Admission Dates

Early Decision I
Early Action Early Decision II
Regular Decision
Admission Application Deadline November 15 December 1 January 15 January 15
Expected Decision Notification by December 1 by January 15 by February 1 by March 1
Enrollment Deadline January 5 May 1 February 15 May 1

Questions about your application? Contact Candice Chan, Dean of International Admissions, at

Required Steps

Choose an application plan

At Furman, we treat each applicant as an individual.  To that end, we’ve tailored three different application processes to meet each student’s particular needs.

Early Decision
If Furman is your first choice and you are confident that you will attend if admitted, apply Early Decision.  Furman’s Early Decision is binding, meaning that if you are admitted, you agree to withdraw your applications from all other institutions and commit to enroll at Furman.

Early Action
Early Action allows you to apply and learn about your admission decision early.  With Early Action, you’re still free to investigate other schools.

Regular Decision
If you want to keep your options open and need the most time to complete admission applications, apply Regular Decision.

Complete the Common Application or the Coalition Application

All students may complete and submit the Common Application or the Coalition Application online. We understand that many families may still be facing financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, there is no application fee to apply. 

Once you have applied for admission, you will receive an email with instructions to log in to your Furman status page.  This page can be used to monitor the status of your application, upload documents, and complete your Furman Financial Information Form form.

Submit your school report

Requested via your application, your school counselor will be prompted to complete their portion of these forms online via the Common Application. Please note that your school report must be submitted in English.

Submit your official transcript

Your high school must submit an official copy of your transcript, which are mark sheets or certificates from all secondary or high schools attended. (Furman requires transcripts for the last four years of pre-university education). Please note that your school transcript must be submitted in English. Unofficial transcripts from students will be not be accepted.

It’s suggested that applicants have completed the following:

  • English: 4 years
  • Algebra I and II
  • Geometry
  • Social Studies: 3 years
  • Natural Sciences: 3 years
  • Foreign Language: 2 years of the same language
Demonstrate English proficiency

Minimum scores required:
TOEFL: 85 (Average 21 in each category)
IELTS: 6.5 (Overall band score)
Cambridge English Exam Advanced (CAE): 180 (Overall score)
Duolingo English Test: 105-110


Applicants who are citizens of the following countries are exempt from providing an English proficiency test score at the time of admission.

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Papua New Guinea
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
Submit the Furman Financial Information Form

All international applicants must fill out the Furman Financial Information Form on their admission status page indicating their ability to finance travel to and study at Furman.

Optional Steps

Submit standardized test scores

The Admission Committee believes that your potential for success cannot be determined solely by standardized test scores. Therefore, the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT is optional of all undergraduate applicants.

If you plan to take the test, lease visit either or to register. When submitting your test scores with multiple test results, the Admission Committee will select the scores that offer you the greatest advantage in the admission review process. Furman’s school code for the SAT is 5222, and the code for ACT is 3858. If you do not wish for us to consider your scores, please indicate so on the Common Application.

Participate in an Optional Interview

In order to provide an in-person interview opportunity for international applicants to Furman, we have partnered with Vericant and Initial View. They will conduct video interviews and provide short writing samples with our non-native English speaking applicants. These third-parties do not evaluate candidates but, instead, post the interviews online for our admissions team to review. Although the interview is not mandatory, we highly recommend you participate in an Initial View/ Vericant interview, as it will give you an excellent opportunity to showcase your language skills and professionalism to our admissions team.

#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship

The #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship at Furman University will recognize two international students who have a vision for enhancing intercultural understanding. This scholarship will cover up to a minimum of 50% tuition and is renewable annually with satisfactory academic progress. The scholarship is open to students of all academic majors and fields of study.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Apply to Furman University as an International student with an F-1 student visa.
  2. Demonstrate interest and personal initiative in activities involving intercultural learning and exchange.

Application Process:

  1. Apply for admission to Furman University using the Common Application or the Coalition Application online.
  2. Complete the #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship Application through your Furman online status page by February 1st.
  3. Scholarship recipients will be notified by March 15th.
  4. Confirm acceptance of scholarship and enroll at Furman by May 1st.

Important Dates:

Application Deadline: February 1st

Scholarship Notification: By March 15th

Enrollment Deposit Deadline: May 1st

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Check the status of your application

Once you've submitted your application to join the Furman family, you can check the status of your application. If you have additional questions about the status of your application, contact your Admissions Counselor.

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