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Academics

Students can’t stop talking about Furman University’s “beautiful campus” and “warm, but challenging, academic community.” This combination of brains and beauty is what makes Furman “an ideal choice” for four years. “Furman is about academic excellence through engaged learning,” says one undergrad. Expect to hear “engaged” used “ad nauseum” on campus, but students claim that such a term “truly describes the kind of personal education available” thanks to “small class sizes,” professors “who love to teach and enjoy getting to know their students,” and “numerous” academic and extracurricular opportunities. Furman’s science programs are “especially” challenging. Professors here are “very qualified (sometimes overqualified), passionate about what they teach, and are not easy graders.” That said, they’re “very willing to help their students.” Students praise the administration, which is “really accessible.” In the words of one undergrad, “They work with students to solve problems and genuinely care about making Furman a better school and not just a higher-ranking institution.” However, some students find that the administration can be “very conservative in their thinking about student on-campus social life.” Ultimately, while “Furman is not for the academically faint-of-heart,” there’s pride in knowing that “you’re receiving a great education that will help you after you graduate.”

Student Body

Many find that Furman is something of a “country club” when it comes to its student body, not just “because it is private and somewhat expensive,” but also because the “typical” student is “wealthy, white, conservative, and preppy.” Some find that “the majority of the student body is obsessed with being as ‘generic’ and ‘normal’ as possible, so that any student who does not fit the norm, be it due to a difference in religion or clothing style, will find it harder to fit in.” However, others have found that there’s more to the student body than first meets the eye. As one undergrad says, “The longer I stay at Furman, the more I realize that many students don’t fit the stereotype.” One thing that everyone seems to agree on is that everyone is “very accepting” and “very committed to their academic pursuits.” That said, some wouldn’t mind seeing the school “improve by attracting a more diverse student body, as well as lowering the cost of tuition.”

Campus Life

With so many students reporting that Furman’s campus is “absolutely gorgeous,” it’s a wonder they ever leave it. However, “the surrounding city of Greenville is great,” and its “thriving, small-town feel” brings in plenty of students on the weekends. Life at school is “busy, but so much fun.” Students here spend “a lot of time thinking about academics, classes, and their future,” but they also “invest a lot of time in their relationships with their friends.” The school’s “inclusive, close-knit community” is complemented with “lots of interesting things to do on campus, from music concerts to improv shows to sports games.” “Weeknights are mostly spent studying,” says one undergrad, which makes the library “a popular social spot.” However, once the weekend rolls around, students spend their nights “out on the town.” “There are tons of bars, restaurants, and clubs for people to go to” in Greenville. While the university “is not as crazy party-wise as larger schools,” students “can find a party if they want to.” Mostly though, students are happy to “meet up with friends for meals, coffee, or just to hang out.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Brad Pochard
Dean of Admission

Address
Office of Admission
3300 Poinsett Hwy.
Greenville, SC 29613

Phone
864-294-2034

Email
admissions@furman.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Daniel Dining Hall
Trone Student Center
Physical Activities Center
Charles Townes Science Center
Duke Library
Timmons Arena, Bell Tower, Residence Halls or North Village Apartments

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Greenville shops and restaurants
Swamp Rabbit Trail
Greenville Drive - Minor League Baseball
Falls Park
Peace Center for Performing Arts
Bon Secour Center (concerts), Paris Mountain

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and selected Saturdays
8:30am-5pm
864-294-2034

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Tours generally start at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Check with Admissions Dept.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Greenville-Spartanburg Airport is 20 miles from campus. To arrange for limousine service to campus from the airport, call 864-879-2315; after business hours, call 864-235-1713. Amtrak trains serve Greenvile; public buses or taxis are available from the station to campus. Greyhound buses stop on the east side of town; taxis are available at the terminal for the ride to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Asheville, NC, and the northwest, take I-26 to Hendersonville, NC; then take US 25 S. In Traveler's Rest SC, US 25 South and US 276 East join briefly; where highways divide, take 276 East to Furman exit. From Charlotte, NC and the northeast, take I-85 to Greenville, then take I-385 into downtown. Bear right onto Highway 183, which becomes Beattie Pl. Follow Beattie Pl. (which becomes College St.) until eventually bearing right onto US 276 West. Continue 5 miles to Furman exit. From Atlanta, GA, and the southwest, take I-85 to Greenville, then take I-185 exit. Follow I-185 into Greenville, where it becomes Mills Ave., then Church St. Turn left from Church St. onto Beattie Pl. (which becomes College St.) until eventually bearing right onto US 276 West. Continue 5 miles to Furman exit. From Columbia, SC, and the southeast, take I-26 to I385. Continue on I-385 approximately 45 miles into downtown Greenville. Bear right onto Highway 183, which becomes Beattie Pl. Follow Beattie Pl. (which becomes College St.) until eventually bearing right onto US 276 West. Continue 5 miles to Furman exit.

Local Accommodations
Your best deal for price and location is the Comfort Inn-Executive Center (540 N. Pleasantburg Dr.; 803-271-0060), a 15 minute drive from campus. A little more expensive and a litte farther away (about 20 minutes) is Courtyard by Marriott (70 Orchard Park Dr.; 803-234-0300). Opened in 1991 this hotel is near downtown and shopping. Guests have privileges at the Greenville Health and Raquet Club. At the Hyatt Regency-Greenville (220 N. Main St.; 803-235-1234), about 15 minutes away, the rates are moderate. The Hyatt Regency also offers privileges at the Greenville Racquet Club. For bed-and-breakfasts in the area call Clarion Carriage House Inns in Charleston (800-CLARION)

Admissions

Applicants: 5,258
Acceptance Rate: 57%
Average HS GPA: 3.59







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