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Furman University

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Introduction

Regarded as one of the oldest colleges in South Carolina and the 64th oldest in the United States; Furman University is named in the honor of Richard Furman of Charleston, a notable minister and president of the first Baptist Convention in America. The institute was originally founded in 1826 as an academy and theological institute. It was chartered as a comprehensive University in 1850. Today, it stands as a private, coeducational, liberal arts institute in Greenville, South Carolina. The beautifully landscaped main campus spans an area of more than 700 acres on the outskirts of Greenville.

Academics

Furman University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, to confer bachelor’s and master’s degrees to students. The University offers majors and programs in more than 40 diverse areas of study such as accounting, art, biology, business, chemistry, classics, communication studies, and mathematics. Furman also offers a course in nature or environmental studies. Furman is also a member of Associated Colleges of the South.

Furman University is composed of several academic departments for Asian Studies, Biology, Business and Accounting, Languages and Literatures, Chemistry, Classics, Communication, Studies, Computer Science, Earth & Environmental Sciences. The University also offers continuing education programs to students who wish to further their education.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Furman University enrolls students from more than 45 states and over 40 foreign countries. The freshman students must send their complete application form along with the necessary official transcripts. The students must take either SAT or ACT entrance test. Students can check their application status online. The Engage Community is an online forum where students can join and chat with their Furman Admission counselor.

Financial Aid

Furman University offers a wide range of financial aid options to the needy and deserving students. If you are seeking monetary assistance then you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Furman provides financial assistance in the form of scholarships and student loans. The scholarships are classified into three types: Odell Scholarship Application for Humanities Majors; Mellichamp Scholarship; and Merit Scholarships.

Some of the scholarships offered at Furman include Herman W. Lay Scholarships; James B. Duke Scholarships; Hollingsworth and Townes Scholarships; Sustainability Science Scholarships; Wylie Mathematics Scholarships; Alden Pre-Engineering Scholarships; Bank of America Sustainability Fellows Scholarship; National Merit Scholarships; Achiever Scholarships; South Carolina Hope Scholarship; and Exploration of Vocation and Ministry Scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Students

Furman University offers an active and diverse student life that aims at overall development. The Student Government Association (SGA) functions under a semi-Presidential system. SGA is composed of a president, the executive council, a secretary, and two senators. This student body acts as the voice of the students, and works for enhancing the University. Some of the SCA funded organizations include Sigma Alpha Epsilon, A Fashionable Cause, Admission Ambassadors, Bowling Club, C.Wright Mills Society (Sociology Club), Cicero Society, Upstate Forever, and Xi Theta Xi.

There are several student clubs and organizations on the campus. Students can either join an existing club or create a new one. The student clubs encourages students to take part in the various campus activities and events. Some of the student organizations include Club Baseball, Furman Power and Fitness Club, Ski & Snowboard Club, Catholic Campus Ministries (CCM), Presbyterian Student Association (PSA), and Furman University Gospel Ensemble (FUGE).

Furman University also has a strong Greek presence on the campus. The student organizations are governed by the following associations: Furman Student Government Associations (SGA) Furman University Student Activates Board (FUSAB), Heller Service Corp, Interfraternity Council (IFC), Panhellenic Association, Religious Council, and Residential Life Council (RLC). The on-site fraternities and sororities at Furman include:

  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Kappa Alpha Psi

Media and Publications:

The Paladin is the student newspaper of the University. It publishes latest news regarding sports, issues and opinions. Bonhomie Yearbook is the annual publication of the University.

WPLS Radio is the student operated radio station of the University. FU2 TV is the television station serving the University.

Campus Facilities:

The James Buchanan Duke Library is the main library for the Furman community. It is located at the center of campus. The library boasts a collection of more than 400,000 volumes of books and references relating to the academic curriculum of the institute. It also provides access to a wide range of information technologies. The main library also includes the office of library administration, archives, special collections, and other library departments.

The University Center or UC is set in the splendid backdrop of the Furman Lake. It is the hub of diverse campus activities and student involvement on the campus. The UC is a multipurpose facility that includes a bookstore, the PalaDen Food Court, the University post office and digital eXpress copy center.

The Counseling Center, located on the upper level of the Daniel Dining Hall offers academic and career counseling services to the students. There is also a career center that advises students to take the right entry into the workforce. It assists students in getting a job in their field of interest. The campus also includes several other academic and recreation facilities such as a science complex housing hi-tech scientific equipment; a chapel; a music complex with technology lab and recital halls; a 2,000-seat auditorium; physical activities center; workout facilities and pool; a 16,000-seat football stadium; tennis center; soccer stadium; and a 18-hole golf course.

Housing & Dining:

All full-time students at Furman University are required to live in the campus residence halls. The south campus housing and lakeside housing are available for the undergraduate students. The south campus housing is composed of the following dorms: the Geer, Manly, Poteat, Blackwell and McGlothlin. The lakeside housing includes the Judson, Townes, McBee, Gambrell, Ramsey, Haynsworth, and Chiles dorm. The dorms are equipped with all the modern amenities such as air-conditioning, closets, wired Internet access, and laundry.

Furman’s North Village is an apartment complex, built for the juniors and seniors. It also offers apartment style living for the upperclassmen. These apartments feature two or four bedrooms, living room, equipped kitchen, balcony, two vanity areas, two bathrooms, closet and storage space. Each bedroom comprises of a full-size bed, desk, chair and dresser/ hutch.

Furman University offers a wide variety of dining options for the students. The main dining facility is the Daniel Hall, which offers a varied menu including a salad bar, pasta bar, homemade pizza, waffle bar, and grill. Einstein Brother’s Bagels, located just above the Dining Hall offers a quieter and more relaxed atmosphere. Students can relax, study or grab a coffee and toasted sandwich at this outlet. Pala Den Food Court, located in the University Center offers Chick-Fil-A, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Freshens, and Pan Geos. Furman also features a dining facility called Tower Cafe, where students can enjoy coffee from Starbucks.

The students can also dine at the several off-campus eateries located in Greenville. There are several restaurants ranging from cheap dining to five-star feasts. Some of the popular places to eat are Soby’s, Coffee Underground, Barley’s, and Sharkey’s Pub.

Points of Interest:

Students at Furman enjoy a wonderful life both on and off campus. During leisure hours, students can enjoy exploring the various on-site points of interests which include Doughboy Statue, honoring the Furman students who served in World War I; Daniel Chapel Organ; and The Bell Tower and Burnside Carillon. The University’s special collections department includes the South Carolina Poetry Archives and the South Carolina Baptist Historical Collection. There are also several off-campus sightseeing points in Greenville worth exploring.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Furman University’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in diverse sports such as basketball, football, soccer, golf, baseball, volleyball, track & field, and tennis. These athletic teams compete in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division I; and are members of the Southern Conference. The teams are nicknamed as the Paladins. Their colors are Royal Purple and White. Furman is the only liberal arts institute to be ranked in Sports Illustrated’s ‘Top 100 America’s Best Sports Colleges’.

Intramural Sports:

Furman University hosts various intramural sports and club sports programs throughout the year. Nearly two-thirds of the student population participates in the intramural sports. The student organization members compete in various recreational and intramural sports such as soccer, softball, team handball, tennis, basketball, volleyball, flag football, bowling, ultimate frisbee, golf, sand volleyball, and spades. The intramural sports brings the students, faculty members and staff together to recreate, enjoy and have a fun experience.

Traditions

From the moment the students step into the campus till they leave it, they become a part of the rich Furman traditions. Orientation for the new students includes familiarizing them with the University through academic sessions, residence hall meetings and fun social activities. Activities Fair is sponsored by the sophomore class. The exhibits help accustom new students with the campus organizations and motivate them to join one.

Homecoming is a popular tradition that marks the event when returning alumni and current students gather at the green mall during a week for a football game, dance, floats and many other enjoyable activities. Some other important traditions worth mentioning are Family Weekends; L.D. Johnson Lecture Series; Furman Fall Fest; Holiday Concert; and Sorority and Fraternity Recruitment.

Alumni

Furman University graduates have gone on to earn reputation and fame in diverse fields. Some of the notable alumni are Charles Townes, winner of Nobel Prize in Physics; John B. Watson, notable American Psychologist and founder of Behaviorism; Jay Bocook, renowned composer and arranger; Herman Lay, founder of the Lay’s Corporation; Sherri Turner, a professional golfer; Mark Sanford, former Governor of South Carolina; and Betsy Byars, a prominent children’s author.

Additional School Information

U.S. News & World Report magazine (2011 edition) ranked Furman University No. 41 among the ‘Best National Liberal Arts Colleges’ category.

Furman University has received several accolades and praises from The Princeton Review, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, Peterson’s Competitive Colleges, and The College Board College Handbook.

Bibliography

Furman University. 2011.

Thompson, Tommy L. Furman University: a timeless place. Harmony House, 1998. Print.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.10
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.10
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 9 0.30
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 7 0.23
Arrest 7 0.23

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 348 0.59
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 5 0.01
Forcible Rape 22 0.04
Robbery 110 0.19
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 732 1.24
Larceny 2,540 4.30
Vehicle theft 223 0.38

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4504

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 126th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $42,784 $42,784 $42,784
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $380 $380 $380
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,337 $1,337 $1,337
FT Graduate Tuition $9,648 $9,648 $9,648
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $402 $402 $402
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $57,276 $57,276 $57,276
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $57,272 $57,272 $57,272
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $45,532 $45,532 $45,532

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $39,560 $41,532 $39,560 $41,532 $39,560 $41,532
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,150 $1,200
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,624 $10,842
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,762 $2,176
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,624 $10,842
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,762 $2,176
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $881 $1,276

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,953 (2,473 male / 3,480 female)
Admitted 3,808 (1,475 male / 2,333 female)
Admission rate 64%
First-time Enrollment 759 (422 male / 334 female)
FT Enrollment 759 (422 male / 334 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment2,953

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southern Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Southern Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Southern Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southern Conference

ACT Test Admission

123rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 53%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 30

SAT Test Admission

135th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 65%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 550 / 670
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 570 / 670
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1120 / 1340

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,475
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$5,818
Board Fee$5,026

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 6 28 16 13 560 22 654
Accounting 18 1 20
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 3 1 4
Art/Art Studies, General 1 1 10 12
Asian Studies/Civilization 1 3 7 12
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 2 40 1 44
Business Administration and Management, General 2 4 6 58 4 74
Chemistry, General 2 18 3 23
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 2 2
Computer Science 3 1 5
Curriculum and Instruction
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 5 6
Economics, General 2 1 15 1 19
Education, General 1 7 8
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances 2 2
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 5 5
Elementary Education and Teaching 10 10
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship 1 4 5
Engineering, Other 3 3
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 28 1 31
French Language and Literature 1 5 6
Geology/Earth Science, General 12 13
German Language and Literature
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 2 45 47
History, General 2 1 23 3 30
Information Science/Studies 1 2 1 5
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching 7 7
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 1 2
Latin Language and Literature
Mathematics and Computer Science 1 1 2
Mathematics, General 8 8
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 1 1 5 8
Music Performance, General 1 12 1 14
Music Teacher Education 2 3
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General 9 9
Music, Other 2 2
Neuroscience 9 9
Philosophy 2 5 1 8
Physics, General 8 8
Political Science and Government, General 2 1 3 1 40 48
Psychology, General 35 36
Reading Teacher Education 1 5 1 7
Religion/Religious Studies 5 5
Secondary School Administration/Principalship 4 4
Sociology 1 25 26
Spanish Language and Literature 1 13 14
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 2 1 22 1 28
Superintendency and Educational System Administration 2 4 6
Sustainability Studies 8 8
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 4 5
Urban Studies/Affairs 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 693rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $80,721 ($83,479 male / $74,075 female)
Number of FT Faculty 244 (160 male / 84 female)
Number of PT Faculty 328
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $8,780,661
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