For us, the Greenville community is an extension of Furman’s campus. We’re part of Greenville, and we strive to preserve and enhance the place we call home.
To accomplish this, we partner with public, private and non-profit organizations, host public events and work closely with the university’s faculty and administrators to provide community-based programs and learning opportunities. We do it because at the core of our mission is a belief in establishing a mutually beneficial relationship between Furman and Greenville. Get involved and help us build a stronger community.
Furman students are passionate about helping others—working with the disabled, with children, with the underprivileged, and with medical institutions. Our commitment to giving back is realized through the Heller Service Corps.
Founded in 1965, Heller Service Corps has become the largest student organization at Furman. We place more than 1,800 students in agencies serving the Greenville and Upstate South Carolina community each year. Every service opportunity helps our students grow as leaders.
Furman is committed to providing an education to every student—at every stage of life. On our campus, learning can begin as early as age three at the Child Development Center and continue into post-retirement life through the Osher Lifelong Learning Center. We believe in educating the whole person and creating lifelong learners.
Since 1997, Bridges to a Brighter Future has engaged students whose potential outdistances their circumstances in a comprehensive college access and success program in Greenville County. Our program is designed to not only expose students to college, but to address and eliminate the personal, social, and cultural barriers that often prevent low-income and first-generation students from achieving college graduation. Learn about Bridges to a Brighter Future.
Founded in 1957, Furman’s Undergraduate Evening Studies provides adults the opportunity to receive their education from one of the nation’s leading liberal arts universities. Finish your bachelor degree, boost your credentials for graduate school, or gain the required skills to pursue your CPA, CMA or MBA. Learn about Undergraduate Evening Studies.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Center at Furman allows senior adults to learn new skills, make new friends, and stay physically and intellectually active. Housed at the Herring Center for Continuing Education, the program offers courses, trips, special interest groups, social events, and a lunch-and-learn series. Learn about OLLI.
The Furman Child Development Center provides project-based, hands-on early childhood education to the community in a safe and nurturing environment. This “community” approach capitalizes on teacher strengths and differences working with children individually and in groups. Learn more about the Child Development Center.
Rising high school seniors and juniors can get a taste of the Furman experience through the Summer Scholars program. Led by Furman faculty, Summer Scholars gives students the opportunity to learn what it’s like to study at Furman—through collaboration with their peers and professors both inside and outside the classroom. Register for Summer Scholars.
The Furman College Advising Corps places well-trained recent college graduates in under-resourced communities to establish a stronger college-going tradition. Learn more about the College Advising Corps.
Summer SCOPES is an elementary-to-middle school program featuring summer camps that connect students with microscopes, kaleidoscopes, and telescopes. Camps begin in late June and run through July. The program is founded on the belief that children will thrive in an environment in which they are challenged to think and question. Register for camp.
Since 1850, the histories of Furman and Greenville have been intertwined. Today, Greenville and Furman share a sense of civic pride and duty to help and serve others. Through our civic engagement efforts, we aim to improve quality of life, sustain economic vitality, and lead research and conversation around important civic issues.
Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Through signature events, programs, workshops, mentoring and competitions, the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship helps emerging entrepreneurs move from idea to concept and venture to sustainable business, while making meaningful and socially responsible contributions locally and regionally.
The Shi Center for Sustainability
Established in 2008, the Shi Center for Sustainability has evolved into a powerful think tank where educators, students, and community leaders can work together and explore the most complex issues of sustainability. The center partners with numerous Greenville nonprofits, higher education consortiums, and corporations.
The Riley Institute
The Riley Institute broadens student and community perspectives about issues critical to South Carolina’s progress. Through its speaker forums, diversity strategies, and public education work, it builds and engages present and future leaders, creates and shares information about the state’s core challenges, and links the leadership body to sustainable solutions.
Institute for the Advancement of Community Health
There are challenges that face patients beyond the physician's office. Who better to tackle those than you? With the development of the Institute for the Advancement of Community Health, students have opportunities for medical and health collaboration across campus and community partners, as well as internship, research and mentorship opportunities on issues like diversity and food security.
Collaborative for Community-Engaged Learning
The Collaborative for Community-Engaged Learning promotes the exchange of ideas and positive change by creating collaborations between students, faculty and community partners. Be part of an interdisciplinary research team that collects and studies data to address a pressing local issue. Work with community partners to improve public transportation, identify priority areas for land conservation, develop a community garden in an under-resourced neighborhood, and ensure that all communities thrive.
At Furman, we support and seek partnerships with organizations that enhance the lives of our neighbors in Greenville and Upstate South Carolina and prepare our students to lead their communities. We can help bring visibility to your organization at Furman, and provide volunteer support.
Interested in discovering how your organization can partner with Furman? Contact our director of community relations, Chandra Dillard.