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First Year Student Checklist

We are excited that you have decided to attend Furman! To confirm your spot at our university, please complete the following steps by the appropriate deadline. As a reminder, you will need your Furman network credentials to complete a number of these tasks, which you will receive in May.

Questions? E-mail us at orientation@furman.edu.

First-Year Students Checklist

Reserve a place at Furman!

Take the first step to enrolling at Furman. Submit our Statement of Intent form along with a $500 deposit. By signing this statement and paying the deposit, you are making a commitment to enroll at Furman. The deposit will be refunded, less any fees owed to the university, once you have graduated. Sign the form and pay the deposit electronically, or you may send a check and printed form to:

Office of Admission
Furman University
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC 29613

Complete our Technology Orientation

Learn about the technology resources available at Furman and get your computer ready to access the campus network by reviewing our technology orientation.

You will receive your network credentials in mid-May. Once you’ve received your credentials, you should log into Workday Student and begin working through your onboarding tasks!

Participate in Summer Orientation

Summer Orientation focuses on your academic path at Furman and the nuts and bolts of class selection. Attend to learn more about navigating the academic transition from high school, attending a liberal arts institution, and preparing for fall course selection. The day will culminate with a one-on-one meeting with a summer academic advisor to discuss fall course options available to you. Additional information, including dates and how to register, will be available in early February.

Request your Furman ID

This form will be available to complete in May. You will receive your ID when you check into housing on move-in day in the fall.

Take the New Student Survey

The information you provide in the New Student Survey will help Furman assign you an initial academic advisor who will work with you as a new student. In order to access the survey, you will need to use your Furman ID number and network credentials, which you will receive in mid-May.

The deadline to complete the survey is June 1.

Sign up for Housing

Furman is a residential campus. If you are not married or planning to live at home with your parents or guardians, you are required to live on campus in university housing.

You will receive additional information about this task in May.

Consider the Engaged Living Program

Ease the transition into your first year by participating in our living and learning community. Engaged Living is one of the best ways to enhance your educational experience at Furman and become a thriving and involved student on campus. Learn more about the Engaged Living program.

Submit your Medical and Immunization Records

The Earle Student Health Center requires several tasks be completed in order remain compliant while a student at Furman. Click here to learn more about creating your MyChart account and completing the health and immunization questionnaire. The deadline for completing these tasks is June 15.

Note: Students who have not completed these tasks may not be able to register for fall semester courses.

Patients under the age of 18 cannot sign up for MyChart without an activation code. If a student is under 18, the Earle Student Health Center will contact you directly via email to provide an activation code.

Complete your Language Placement Exam

At Furman, you’re required to complete a foreign language sequence. If you have studied French, German or Spanish before, speak one of these languages at home, or have lived for an extended period in a country where one of these languages is spoken, click here to take our online language placement test. After clicking the link, you will be prompted to create an account with an original password in order to complete the exam.

If you’ve studied Latin or Chinese in the past, be sure to complete our test specifically designed for those languages.

Chinese Placement Exam

Latin Placement Exam

Placement exams for Japanese may be completed during Fall Orientation.

For all Language Placement Exams, you will need to your Furman credentials. Credentials will be sent out in mid-May.

The deadline for completing your language placement exam is June 15.

Consider your First Year Writing Seminar

All new students are required to complete a First Year Writing Seminar (FYW) in their first year at Furman.  First year writing seminars expose you to the expectations of college-level writing, but they also pose challenging intellectual issues and engage you in thoughtful discussions with your classmates.  Each seminar is attached to one or more interdisciplinary categories and is limited to no more than 12 students to personalize your learning experience.

Before attending Summer Orientation or completing your virtual summer academic advising appointment:  Familiarize yourself with the interdisciplinary categories in which the first year writing seminars are grouped.

During your advising appointment: When you meet with your summer advisor, you will discuss your academic interests and rank in order three of these interdisciplinary categories that most interest you.  These rankings will be used to assign you to an individual seminar that will fit into your initial course schedule.

Learn about Enrollment Services

Enrollment Services is designed as a campus hub where students and families can conduct enrollment transactions and get answers to questions of all types. Familiarize yourself with Enrollment Services by reviewing their website.

For information specific to your tuition bill, please visit the Student Accounts section of the website.

Download the LiveSafe App

LiveSafe is an app that connects you directly with University Police.

Download the LifeSafe app on your phone: Click here to download from Google Play or click here to download from the Apple App Store.

Register your Vehicle or Bicycle

The Furman University Police Department oversees the vehicle and bicycle registration process.

Click here to learn more about our policies regarding bikes on campus and to register your bike.

Please visit the Parking Information website to register your car, request a parking pass, and familiarize yourself with Furman’s parking policies.

Vehicle registration for the 2022-2032 academic year will open in August.

 

Complete the Alcohol, Drug, and Sexual Assault Education Program

We have joined a number of the nation’s top schools in offering “Get Inclusive” as a component of our alcohol and sexual assault prevention initiative. Whether you abstain from alcohol or not, this program will help you make well-informed decisions about alcohol. You will receive an email in August with further instructions on how to complete this step.

Review the Student Handbook

Furman University’s Student Handbook outlines the University’s official policies, procedures, rules and regulations as they relate to the student experience at Furman.

Attend Fall Orientation

First-year & new transfer students will move in on Thursday, August 18th. Furman offers a hybrid approach to acclimating students to academics and college life—Summer Orientation and Fall Orientation. All students are required to attend Fall Orientation. Learn more about Fall Orientation.

Optional Steps

Request accommodations through the Student Office for Accessibility Resources (SOAR)

If you have a disability or medical condition that requires some type of accommodation, submit your disability documentation to us. See the guidelines for documenting disabilities.

Students requesting services should submit a request using our confidential and secure SOAR Student Application. Some accommodations require significant planning; therefore, students should begin the process well in advance and submit documentation as soon as possible. For more information about accommodations, please contact soar@furman.edu.

Apply to become an Admissions Social Media Intern

Like to blog? Are you an Instagram or Twitter junkie? Apply now to be a Social Media Intern for the Office of Admission.​ Social Media Interns will blog, tweet, and Instagram their day to day experiences at Furman throughout the academic year.

Explore your beliefs in Furman's faith-based communities

Learn more about our multifaith groups and connect with a religious organization on campus. Our religious organizations offer opportunities for friendship, dialogue, worship, and spiritual guidance. Complete our Multifaith Interest Form​ to connect with one or more organizations that interest you. Feel free to contact the Office of Spiritual Life​ with any questions.