Furman University 2023 President’s Report

A WORLD OF
EXCELLENCE

Ivan Agyaakwah ’25, an economics major and member of the men’s soccer team, presented his idea, College Coach, at The Hill Institute’s pitch competition. College Coach connects college and professional athletes with aspiring players through individualized coaching. Agyaakwah’s goal is to increase homegrown soccer talent through one-on-one coaching and mentoring. Growing up in London, Agyaakwah said he never knew how difficult it was for young people to succeed in their sport until he came to the United States.

It’s a simple, universal hope: to better ourselves through higher education. But at the heart of that purpose is a desire to do so on behalf of others, to make a positive difference in the world through our ability to reinvest in those who come after us.

Furman is where excellence gathers. It is also where students develop the ability and the desire to shape the future in ways that strengthen their communities and advance society more broadly.

After receiving a record-breaking 7,539 applications, the university welcomed a new student class of 650 students in Fall 2022, a group of students with strong academic credentials and exceptional extracurricular accomplishments. The average SAT composite score for the entering class was 1358, and about 40% of these students were in the top 10% of their high school graduating class.

These elements are strengthened through the four-year pathway, with the Pathways Program curriculum helping to ease students’ transition to college by connecting them to campus resources and then encouraging students to reflect on who they are, what they value and what they want to pursue both in and out of the classroom. This is followed by department-specific programming in years 3 and 4 that help students learn about careers in their discipline and discipline-specific expectations.

The substantial increase in high-quality applications allowed the university to admit more students while maintaining and in many cases increasing academic quality and diversity metrics.

Fall 2022 Recruitment
With the welcomed return to more traditional on-campus recruitment events for 2021-2022, we hosted more than 4,200 prospective students and their families on campus for daily visits, Fall for Furman open house events, scholarship day and admitted student events.

We continued to offer a hybrid of in-person and virtual recruiting events to connect with prospective students across the country and internationally, hosting over 800 in-person and virtual high school visits and college fairs, counselor conversations, regional showcases, academic department showcases, college counselor lunch and learns, and a college toolkit series for prospective students and parents.

Our combined efforts resulted in a 5% increase in admissions applications for Fall 2022.

FALL 2022 ENTERING CLASS
APPLICATIONS: 7,539
ACCEPTANCES: 5,053
ENROLLED: 650

African American: 5.2%
Asian: 5%
Hispanic: 7%
White: 74%
Multiracial or Other: 6.9%
International: 4%

FALL 2022 TOTAL ENROLLMENT
2,283
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Men: 41%
Women 59%

African American: 7%
Asian: 5%
Hispnic: 7%
White: 77%
Multiracial or Other: 4%
International: 3.5%

COST OF ATTENDANCE (2022-2023)
Tuition $55,392
Fee- $380
Room- $8,666
Board- $6,482
Books- $1,000
Personal- $1,100
Transportation- $900
Total: $73,920


44 STATES REPRESENTED
43 COUNTRIES REPRESENTED
160 GRADUATE STUDENTS
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE: 14
STUDENT-TO-FACULTY RATIO: 9:1

International Recruitment

  • Furman established a new partnership with Second Chance – a program that helps high-achieving students from around the world who have little exposure to college counseling find a university in the United States. Through this program, Furman enrolled students from Cameroon and Nepal.

  • We continued our partnership with United World College schools for the 2022-2023 recruitment cycle. This included hosting virtual visits to all 18 UWC schools, as well as participating in-person presentations and events with counselors, students and parents in Costa Rica, Mexico, the Netherlands, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and the United Arab Emirates.

  • Through the Council of International Schools, Education USA centers and individual high schools and independent counselors, Furman hosted in-person and virtual workshops, webinars and presentations around the world. These efforts brought powerful results. Our virtual recruitment efforts fueled a 92% increase in international applications for the Fall 2022 incoming class.
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PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS/FAMILIES ATTENDED IN-PERSON ON-CAMPUS EVENTS
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VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON HIGH SCHOOL VISITS, COLLEGE FAIRS, AND TRAVEL EVENTS WERE HELD
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STUDENTS AND PARENTS ATTENDED VIRTUAL OR IN-PERSON RECRUITING EVENTS OFF CAMPUS