October 5, 2020

Furman to resume limited campus tours on trolleys.

Dear Campus Community,

The Office of Admissions is partnering with Prisma Health and the Fall Planning Steering Committee to safely resume limited campus tours on trolleys for prospective students, beginning Friday, October 9.

Furman is proceeding with extreme caution while understanding the essential role that campus visits play in helping students select their college. The health and safety of our campus community remains a priority, and the campus tours will follow all of the protocols and requirements outlined in the Paladin Promise and have even greater restrictions.

Students who have volunteered to lead the tours are receiving training this week from Admissions and members of the Public Health and Safety Advisory Group, including the Earle Student Health Center medical director. Participation in the tours for Admissions Ambassadors and other student tour guides is optional.

The visits for prospective students will follow these guidelines and procedures:

  • All Admissions guests will be required to answer a health screening prior to their visit and additional questions upon their arrival.
  • All visitors and tour guides will be required to wear face coverings at all times.
  • Tours will be limited to high school senior applicants only.
  • Tours will be limited to one family per tour guide. A family is defined as one prospective student with up to two guests.
  • All tours will be conducted outdoors only on trolleys. The visitors will remain in the trolleys and will not be allowed to walk around campus, visit inside buildings, or interact in any other way with others on campus.
  • The trolley will have a partition between the student tour guide/driver and the family, who will be seated six feet away from the driver. The trolleys will be thoroughly cleaned after each tour.
  • Visitors will not be allowed to walk around campus after the tour, and will be clearly directed that doing so may jeopardize their student’s application.

Campus tours play an essential role in helping prospective students and their families learn about what a Furman education offers, and influence their decision to attend the university.

For most high school seniors, their college search process has been disrupted since the middle of their junior year. Many have asked if they can visit, as most other colleges and universities in our region are offering tours, to help them make this life-changing decision.

Furman’s first early decision application deadline is November 15. The early action deadline is December 1. Visit the Admissions site for more information.

As a reminder, the parents and families of Furman students who are currently living on campus are welcome to visit, as outlined in our Campus Visitors policy. Other guests invited by faculty and staff, as well as others conducting business on campus, are allowed to visit under these specific circumstances, as long as they follow campus health and safety protocols, including wearing face coverings and physical distancing.

If you have any questions or concerns, please share them at furman.focused@furman.edu.

Be well.

Sincerely,

Ken Peterson, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Connie Carson, Vice President for Student Life

Co-Chairs, Fall Planning Steering Committee