Furman at a Glance
Furman University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s degrees, and education specialist degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the status of Furman University. Learn more about our history.
The primary mission of Furman as a liberal arts college is to provide a distinctive undergraduate education encompassing humanities, fine arts, social sciences, mathematics and the natural sciences and selected professional disciplines. Read our mission statement.
Furman University is an institution of liberal learning offering comprehensive education in an ecumenical and interfaith setting. The University is committed to a set of values which it believes to be enduring and basic. Learn about our core values.
Situated in the scenic Carolina foothills on a beautifully designed 750-acre campus, Furman has 36 major buildings on campus, most of which are faced with handmade Virginia brick. The campus includes a newly renovated science complex with a planetarium; 2,000 seat auditorium; music complex with recital halls and technology lab; physical activities center with pool and workout facilities; chapel; 16,000 seat football stadium; tennis center; soccer stadium; lake; and 18-hole golf course. Learn about campus life.
The James Buchanan Duke Library houses more than 600,000 volumes and acquires approximately 10,000 new titles each year. An expansion of the library that doubled the size was completed in Fall 2004. Electronic subscriptions to all major journals are maintained. There are separate music and science libraries, in addition. Visit the Library website.
For the Fall 2019, total undergraduate enrollment is 2,629–60% women and 40% men. Of this student body 6% are African-American, 4% are Asian, 5% are Hispanic, 80% are white and 3% are multiracial or other. International student representation is 2%. The entering freshman class for 2019 is composed of 390 women and 262 men, of whom 4.3% are African-American, 2.9% are Asian, and 4.4% are Hispanic. International representation is 2.6%. 48 states and more than 22 countries are represented in the student body. Read more on Enrollment.
91.4% of Furman freshmen return for their sophomore year. 80% graduate in four years; 83% in five years. View our retention rates.
We have compiled eleven years of post-graduate employment and graduate school information for Furman graduates. See our outcomes.
For the entering class in Fall 2019, 5,258 applications were received for a freshman class of 652. The middle 50% range for SAT scores for those entering was 1160-1360 and of those who reported class rank, 45% were in the top 10% of their high school classes. Visit the Admissions website.
Programs of Study and Degrees
Furman offers majors in 45 subjects, the ability to choose a supplementary concentration, such as women’s studies, Latin American studies, classical studies or environmental studies. Additionally, a teacher education program and premedical, prelaw and ministry as well as pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, nursing and ROTC programs are available. Students can participate in cooperative programs in engineering and forestry and environmental studies and may also craft an individualized curriculum program. The university offers the bachelor of arts, bachelor of music, bachelor of science, bachelor of liberal arts, master of arts and master of science degrees. Explore the Academic Catalog.
Furman prides itself on its focus on internships, cooperative education, independent study and research programs. More than 70% of all students take part either during the regular term or summer in such programs. Visit the Center for Engaged Learning.
Faculty and Staff
Furman has 251 full-time faculty with 98% holding the doctoral or terminal degree in their field. The student-faculty ratio is 10:1. The university has approximately 820 full-time employees with approximately 580 administrative and staff employees. There are also approximately 105 part-time faculty and staff employees.
The operating budget for Fiscal Year 2020 was approximately $167 million. The university’s endowment as of June 30, 2019, was $694 million.
2019-2020 Annual Cost of Attendance
|Room (weighted average)||$7,874|
|Board (unlimited meal plan)||$5,902|
|Total Direct Costs||$64,620|
|Total Indirect Costs||$2,780|
|Total Cost of Attendance||$67,368|
Furman is a strong competitor in NCAA Division I sports. Men’s sports include basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, and track. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and volleyball. Intramural sports offer 20 activities for student participation. In addition, the Club Sports program offers competition against other universities in Aikido, Baseball, Basketball, Cycling, Equestrian (Dressage and IHSA), Fencing, Golf, Hockey, Lacrosse (M&W), Powerlifting, Rugby (M&W), Soccer (M&W), Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Ultimate Frisbee, and Volleyball (M&W). Visit Athletics.
Furman has a long history as a school for the training of performing artists in all areas of music. Regular performances are given by the Furman Symphony Orchestra, Furman University Band, Furman Singers, Furman Chorale, Furman Chamber Group, Furman Jazz Ensembles, Woodwind, and Brass Ensembles and Opera Theater. The university also hosts performances by the Greenville Chorale, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and numerous guest artists. Visit the Music Department.