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

International Interactive Viewbook

Admission Dates

Early Decision I
Early Decision II
Early Action Regular Decision
Admission Application Deadline November 15 January 6 December 1 January 15
Expected Decision Notification by December 1 by January 15 by February 15 by March 15
Scholarship Notification by December 15 by February 1 by March 15 by April 1
Enrollment Deadline January 5 February 15 May 1 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.

To be considered for Early Action, you must have all materials submitted by November 15. This means that your application should be submitted by November 1 with all supplementary application materials arriving by November 15. Supplementary materials include your school report, high school transcript, and test scores.

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

All students may complete and submit the Common Application online. There is a $50 application fee.

Submit your school report

Check with your guidance counselor to make sure he or she has completed your School Report. The report tells us about the courses and programs offered by your school. If you are applying Early Action, your school report must be submitted by November 15

Submit your high school transcript

A strong college preparatory course of study is essential. At a minimum, it must include four years of English, algebra I and II, geometry, three years of social studies, at least three years of natural sciences, and two years of the same foreign language. If you are applying Early Action, your high school transcript must be submitted by November 15.

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: 105-110

Optional Steps

#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
  2. Complete the #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship Application to through your Furman online status page by December 15th.
  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: December 15th

Scholarship Notification: By March 15th

Enrollment Deposit Deadline: May 1st

Participate in an Optional Interview

As an additional way to demonstrate your English language proficiency, we recommend scheduling an interview with Initial View or Vericant. Please note that the submission of a TOEFL or IELTS is also required. A fee will apply.

Submit standardized test scores

The Admission Committee believes that your potential for success cannot be determined solely by standardized test scores. Therefore, submitting your SAT or ACT scores is optional. If you do decide to submit your test scores and submit 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.


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