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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. Please note: You will need your Furman network credentials to complete a number of these tasks, which will be mailed to you in May.

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

First-Year Students Checklist

Reserve a place in the Class of 2024

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

Request your Furman ID

Complete the F​urman ID Card request form​.  Your ID will be mailed to the address provided in the form at some point this summer.

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. Please complete the survey by June 1 in order to sign up for your summer academic advising appointment.

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.

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. Be sure to review Furman’s housing options before applying.

To submit your new student housing preferences, login to your Housing Self Service Portal using your Furman username and password. Once logged in, select the “Personal Information” tab and click “My Info”. Choose the Fall 2020 term, answer all questions and click “Save”. You can update your preferences at any time prior to June 15.

Please complete your New Student Housing Preference form by June 15.

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 and how to complete your application.

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. All students need to create a MyChart account and then complete the requested health and immunization questionnaire by July 1.

Please follow these steps to create your MyChart account.

Once you’ve created your account, you need to complete the appropriate health and immunization questionnaires. Please follow these steps to complete your questionnaire. (Please note: The immunization questionnaire in MyChart will be available on May 19.)

For additional information about the Earle Student Health Center and Furman’s immunization requirements, please visit the Student Health Center website.

Participate in Summer Orientation

Furman offers a hybrid approach to acclimating students to academics and college life—Summer Orientation and Fall Orientation. This year, all Summer Orientation activities will take place online. We are still in the development phase for the virtual summer orientation experience, so will share specific details with you in early May. There will be online modules for both students and their parents/family members to view, as well as a numerous opportunities to engage with current faculty, staff, and students through Zoom and other web-based platforms. Students will also still complete a one-on-one meeting with a summer advisor in order to discuss fall course selection, just as you would have during our traditional Summer Orientation program.

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, 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. You will need to log in with your Furman username and password to access these two exams:

Chinese Placement Exam

Latin Placement Exam

Placement exams for Japanese may be completed during Fall Orientation.

Remember, there is no need to take a placement test in a language you have not studied before or don’t speak at home.

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 your 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.

To manage your tuition bill, view fee and payment schedule, and enroll in paperless billing, please visit the Student Accounts section of the website.

Register your Vehicle

The Furman University Police Department oversees the vehicle registration process. 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 2020-2021 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 AlcoholEdu for College and Haven 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

Learn about Furman’s code of conduct, procedures and policies by reviewing the student handbook.

Attend Fall Orientation

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. Documentation may be mailed, faxed or emailed to:

Student Office for Accessibility Resources
Furman University
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC 29613
Fax: 864.294.3044
soar@furman.edu

Along with that documentation, be sure to complete our Initial Contact Form. Review of these documents may take three to four weeks. Once your information (both documentation and the Initial Contact Form) has been received, you will be contacted to arrange a telephone intake interview to discuss accommodations. Information may be sent at any time, but needs to be received by June 30 to ensure accommodations are in place by the start of the fall semester.

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.