To apply for a leave of absence for a semester (a.k.a., a “gap” semester), students need to complete the following steps:
After completing these steps, the leave of absence will be processed and students will be unenrolled from courses for the semester in which they are taking a leave. Students retain access to their Furman network credentials during this time away, but all mail will be forwarded to the home address on file.
To facilitate a successful return in the Spring 2021 semester, students should continue checking their Furman email for important updates and announcements throughout the fall. In early October, registration information for spring 2021 will be posted on the web at www.furman.edu/registrar. Spring registration windows can be found on the Academic Calendar and begin in October. In advance of the registration window, students should contact their Academic Advisor to discuss their Spring courses and the registration process. Questions and concerns about the mechanics of the Spring registration process can be found on the Enrollment Services site.
Students must also notify housing of their intentions for the spring semester as early as possible.
If students are considering taking a leave of absence for two consecutive semesters, the process is actually very similar to taking one semester away. Students must complete the steps to request leave of absence for the Fall 2020 semester (see steps above).
In October, if the student wishes to take a full year of leave, they will simply need to complete those steps again to apply for a leave of absence for the Spring 2021 semester.
Students interested in taking classes elsewhere and transferring them to Furman should make themselves aware of important university regulations regarding transfer credits stated here: https://catalog.furman.edu/content.php?catoid=10&navoid=404#Transfer_Credit
Students may transfer credits that are completed during a semester away, subject to the following regulations:
If you are considering transferring credits from another school, you should take the following steps:
Submit the Transfer Credit Authorization form to Enrollment Services at Enroll@furman.edu before enrolling in those courses. Enrollment Services can inform you as to how each course will be applied towards your progress at Furman as long as you submit these requests before enrolling in those courses. To help facilitate this process please provide as much information about the proposed course(s) as possible (e.g., institution taking from, course description, syllabus, required readings, assignments) in your communication with Enrollment services.
Furman (institutional aid) is available for 8 semesters total. For specific aid questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office. You must officially submit an LOA form to the university.