Furman University

College review by Diane Forman

Greenville, SC


Furman is a small, private liberal arts college (2,771 students) located in the mountains of Greenville, South Carolina.  The campus is beautiful with red brick buildings and fountains.  They reported a $600 Million Dollar Endowment. The average accepted unweighted high school GPA is 3.6-3.8.  Admissions said they look at the student holistically and they do accept about 1/3 of their students Early Decision.  Furman super scores both the SAT and the ACT and average SAT scores are 1200-1360, average ACT between 26-31. Popular majors include Science, Business/Marketing and Music.  They have a very high acceptance rate for students applying to medical and law school.  Two unique programs are 5th year MA degrees offered in Education and Chemistry, for no additional cost.  Furman requires each student to take 32 credits in “Cultural Events”. Sports are Division I and adds to school spirit.

Furman believes in engaged learning, with more emphasis in the classroom on participation and experiential learning.  The classes are small and the professors like to know their students.  Career Services works with the students, one on one, to help them obtain their internships. They also have wonderful research opportunities for the students.

There is a good social life on campus, Greek life is big, and approximately 1/3 of the students participate.  The students also like to go to town for enjoyment.  The new president wants to increase diversity on campus.

The vibe at Furman is Southern.  The students are well dressed, conservative and a good number of students are involved in religious activities.

Learning Support At Furman

Coordinated Services


The level of support at Furman is Coordinated Services. Accommodations are provided and there is an LD Specialist on staff to work with the students.  The director is seeking more staff and more funding to help provide more support to the students.

Link to a blog with information about Furman’s Office of Disability Services: http://blogs.furman.edu/com121_02fall2010/2010/11/14/office-for-disability-services-at-furman-university/

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