Founded in 1826, Furman is the oldest private university in South Carolina. The school is named for Richard Furman, a clergyman considered the most important Baptist leader before the Civil War. Furman was pastor of the First Baptist Church in Charleston, S.C., and became the first president of the Triennial Convention, the first national body of Baptists in America.
Furman provides students a distinctive education in fine arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics and the sciences, as well as select professional disciplines. Our challenge is to grow students, faculty and staff in knowledge and understanding. We do this through small classes, individual instruction, hands-on learning, empathetic advising and personal attention. Our goal? To be a diverse community of different races, religions, geographic origins and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Greenville is fast-paced, yet still charming. Fortune 500 companies and rapidly growing start-ups continue to populate the area. Furman’s relationships with local businesses allow students unique access to internship, research, and career opportunities in a variety of sectors. Large corporations like BMW, Fluor, General Electric and Michelin lead the way in hiring new Furman graduates. In fact, Greenville has the highest foreign manufacturing investment per capita in the nation.
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Built on the concept that your living experience is a critical part of your education, our residential campus is a place where your ideas and passions can be fully explored. We require our students to live on campus for four years, cultivating a strong and inclusive community that encourages collaboration and self-discovery. Every housing option provides a myriad of opportunities to develop lifelong bonds with your classmates and participate in student activities.
Why are our libraries among the top ranked in the nation for student satisfaction? We seek to engage, enlighten, and empower our students and provide them with the resources and services to excel in their studies. Whether you're researching the work of a 19th century artist or seeking the latest finding in a cell biology journal, Furman's library system can help.
It’s not just the lecture halls, laboratories and auditoriums. When you arrive, the entire campus is your classroom. Whether you’re looking for a club, career advice or volunteer opportunities, it’s easy to get involved and become a part of the Furman family.
An award-winning city, and nationally recognized as a model for urban development, Greenville has been called “one of the 15 best cities for young adults” and “the next big food city in the South.” Spend a few days here experiencing a start-up culture with a touch of Southern hospitality, and it’s easy to see why people want to learn and live here.
With 18 NCAA Division I teams and dozens of club and intramural squads, it’s easy to find a game on our campus—even if you just want to sit in the stands and root for the home team. Our varsity and club teams have won national championships, and students earn serious campus bragging rights through our competitive intramural leagues. In fact, about two-thirds of our students participate in intramural or club sports, making our recreational sports program one of the most active in the nation.
If you’d prefer to work up a sweat without joining a team, you can stay in shape at the Herman W. Lay Physical Activities Center. It’s always packed with students taking advantage of our first-rate workout space.
Furman has more than 150 student organizations-and counting. Join a rock band. Report, write and communicate through one of our student media organizations. Debate your peers in mock trials. Whatever draws your interest, you’ll find a group of students you can connect with. If not, find a few students who share your interest and start your own club, like our Super Smash Bros. video game club, which gained more than 50 members in its first year.
Furman University is accredited to award bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Furman University.
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