CLEARLY FURMAN
We see clearly the promise of setting Furman apart in higher education and preparing our students as never before to be agents of inspiration, leadership and change in the world.

The promise is real

Transformative academic experiences, influential faculty mentoring, intensive opportunities for reflection and growth, active preparation for exceptional careers – these qualities are clearly Furman, as they have been and must always be.

As we approach our third century and contemplate the challenges our students will face in the decades ahead, it is imperative that we lift all that we do. The abilities we nurture, the skills we develop, and the confidence we instill are vital to the success of our students in everything they pursue as graduates – and to an education that makes a difference in society.

The prospect of rising to our potential rests with the most comprehensive campaign in our history. Through a community effort as ambitious as Furman itself, CLEARLY FURMAN will help every student capitalize on all we offer.

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CLEARLY FURMAN NEWS & EVENTS

We’re glad that you’re interested in joining the Furman Family at one of our many events. We are hosting events in a variety of formats and locations across the nation. These events highlight the best of Furman: students, faculty, staff, and our dedicated alumni and donors.
Academics
Inspire Minds Where They Meet

Furman has long stood out for its ability to blend the liberal arts and sciences’ classic emphases on critical thinking, problem-solving and communications skills with hands-on practical learning. Transforming the support possible for scholarships, teaching and innovative and interdisciplinary academic programs, CLEARLY FURMAN will lift the human and programmatic excellence that define the university’s service and reputation.

Academics Funding Priorities
  • Student Scholarships
  • Teaching Excellence
  • Premier Academic Programs
  • Center for Humanities
  • Pianos for Paladins
The Furman Advantage
Power our Defining Difference

Developed with deliberation and intent, The Furman Advantage is an exception in higher education. Concentrating the finest elements of the Furman experience that alumni know well, The Furman Advantage challenges and inspires each student with intensive academic expectations, caring and personal advising, guided reflection with faculty and comprehensive practical learning experiences. CLEARLY FURMAN will strengthen all aspects of The Furman Advantage so that every student can take full advantage of all it offers.

The Furman Advantage funding priorities
  • The Pathways Program
  • Engaged Learning Experiences
  • Mentoring and Advising
  • Campus Vitality and Student Experiences
  • Career Preparation
  • Malone Center for Career Engagement
Wellness, Belonging and Community
Make Personal Promise Matter

Today’s students and families increasingly expect that excellent universities will not only support intellectual growth but also develop the whole person – and prepare graduates for leadership in a diverse society. These holistic qualities of learning and community have long been intrinsic to Furman’s mission. As part of this campaign, we will take our approach to education further, investing in physical and emotional wellness, spaces that support student fitness and teamwork, and initiatives that foster diversity, inclusion and understanding.

Wellness, Belonging and Community funding priorities
  • Academic Commons
  • Belonging & Wellbeing
  • Inclusive Campus Initiatives
Institutes
Drive Innovations with Impact

Alumni across the decades know the rigors of study and research at Furman. Working alongside faculty in our classrooms, labs and studios, our students come to appreciate that thinking through hard problems is as important as understanding the facts. And we have a special advantage: four institutes, which no other undergraduate liberal arts and sciences institution of our size can claim. Our institutes engage students every day in professional and community decision-making. Through this campaign, we will capitalize on our unique strength to make our learning experience, and the Furman degree, even more powerful.

Institutes funding priorities
  • The Hill Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • The Riley Institute
  • The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities
  • Institute for the Advancement of Community Health
Athletics
Inspiring Greatness

We have great ambitions for investing in our student-athletes because they are champions of today and tomorrow. Here, academic and athletic excellence are one. Through CLEARLY FURMAN, we will create endowments that forever advance our recruitment and support of outstanding student-athletes – and renovate and expand the spaces in which our alumni and fans can come together to cheer on our Paladins.

Athletics funding priorities
  • Basketball Facilities Enhancement
  • Student-Athlete Scholarships
The Annual Fund
Every Day Impact

The Annual Fund is unlike any other giving opportunity, for it unifies and magnifies the gifts of individuals across the community who want to join with others to boost the work of the university, meet urgent campus needs and demonstrate the depth to which supporters stand with students as they learn and grow. Our ambition is to build this fund into a more potent resource than at any time in our history. Every donor who contributes to the Annual Fund will bring Furman a step closer to this pivotal goal and make a meaningful and daily campus difference.

Annual Fund funding priorities
  • The Annual Fund
Total Goal
$
426M
$
426M
398M RAISED TO DATE
DONOR GOAL
22.5K
22.5K
23.4K DONORS
ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT Goal
65%
65%
61% ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT
MAKING AN IMPACT

Dedicated to Making a Difference

Watch to learn why donors support Furman and how your gift impacts our students' trajectory toward lives of meaning and purpose.
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    Faculty Stories
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    Student Stories
The Potential is Extraordinary

Guided by our strengths as a university, focused on learning experiences that empower students to achieve their most inspiring ambitions, we will do more than meet our mission and advance Furman’s reputation for excellence. As we become a national model for higher education, we will, through our graduates, influence action and ideas across the 21st century.