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Prospective First-Year Students

We’re so excited that you’re interested in joining the Furman family. Applying to Furman is simple: We have no application fee, have been test optional for many years, and are here to help guide you through the entire application process. Take the first step toward joining the Furman family by starting your online application. We look forward to getting to know you!

Required Steps

  • Complete an application: You may complete and submit the Common Application or the Coalition Application online.
  • Submit your school report: Check with your school 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.
  • Submit your high school transcript: A strong college preparatory course of study is essential to being successful at Furman.
  • Choose your Application Plan: Early Decision, Early Action, or Regular Decision (pertinent details further below)

Optional Steps

Apply for financial aid

Below are a few steps that will allow you to seek financial aid.  You may also find more detailed steps on the financial aid website.

Complete the CSS Profile.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Early Decision Early Action Regular Decision
CSS Profile/FAFSA Priority Deadlines November 15 December 15 February 15
Financial Aid Notification by December 15 by February 15 by March 15
Submit standardized test scores

Our personal approach to the admission process allows us to gain insight about who you are, both academically and personally.  Furman’s Admission Committee is interested in getting to know the whole student — one who seeks academic challenge, leadership, service, commitment to the community and civic engagement.  We view the admission process as an opportunity for you to showcase yourself and your abilities.

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.

Our goal is to shape Furman’s community with students of all different talents, backgrounds, personalities, interests and passions.  We invite you to let us get to know all about you.

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 and TOEFL 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 Supplement to the Common Application.

Schedule an interview if you are home-schooled

If you are a home-schooled student, we ask that you participate in a phone interview with Maggie Murphy, our Home-School Student Coordinator. Interviews allow us the opportunity to better understand the curriculum and opportunities available to you.  Please submit your Common Application or Coalition Application before you request an interview.

If you have any questions, please email maggie.murphy@furman.edu or call 864.294.3407.

Important Admission and Financial Aid Dates

Early Decision I
(Binding)
Early Action Early Decision II
(Binding)
Regular Decision
Admission Application Deadline November 15 December 1 January 15 January 15
*deadline extended to April 15
Expected Decision Notification by December 1 by January 15 by February 1 by March 1
CSS Profile/FAFSA Priority Deadlines November 15 December 15 January 15 February 15
Financial Aid Notification by December 15 by February 1 by February 15 by March 15
Enrollment Deadline January 5 May 1 March 1 May 1

Application Processes

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.

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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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Connect with Admissions

Your admissions counselor is here to help you with any questions you or your family may have about Furman or the application process.

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