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How to Apply

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.

International Interactive Viewbook

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
Scholarship Notification by December 15 by March 15 by February 15 by March 15
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 be facing financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we have decided to temporarily waive the $50 application fee for all applicants. 

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.

Submit your high school transcript

A strong college preparatory course of study is essential. We prefer the curriculum to include four years of English, three years of Math, Social Studies and Natural Sciences. Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. All educational documents must be accompanied by official English translations and must carry the seal or stamp of the issuing educational institution. You may submit attested or notarized copies of transcripts or marksheets. A course-by-course credential evaluation completed by a NACES certified organization will be accepted if the transcript is not in English.

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

Statement of Finances

All international students must complete the Furman Statement of Finances, indicating your ability to finance your travel to and study at Furman. In addition, you should provide evidence of financial support such as bank statements, personal sponsor information or other documents.

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 or the Coalition Application online. There is a $50 application fee.
  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

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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