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Prospective Freshmen

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 (if you wish to submit these).

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.

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 before you request an interview.

If you have any questions, please email or call 864.294.3407.

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 at 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 Priority Deadline Nov 15 Jan 5 Mar 1
Financial Aid Notification By Dec 15 By Jan 30 By Mar 15
FAFSA Priority Deadline Mar 1 Mar 1 Mar 1
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.


If you have any questions about applying to Furman, feel free to contact us.

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