The Facts of Furman
Nestled in the rolling hills outside beautiful Greenville, South Carolina sits Furman University. Furman is on the smaller, with just 2,800 students, but mighty when it comes to advancing its students to graduate school and corporate America. Impressively, Furman boasts 95% acceptance rate of its pre-law students into law school, feeding graduates to highly revered schools such as Vanderbilt and SMU. Pre-med students see close to a 90% acceptance rate into med school, and enjoy internships with the largest hospital system in South Carolina, Prisma Health. Both law school and med school acceptance rates are phenomenal, almost unheard of really, and if your student is set on either of these tracks, Furman is worth a closer look.
Business Administration is also a popular major, and with 200 different companies to intern with in the Greenville area it’s not hard to see why. Internships and job-shadowings begin sophomore year for business majors, with a business-friendly block schedule of classes from 8am – 12pm and internships in the afternoons.
The “Furman Advantage” is another helpful tool for students, a personalized four year pathway to graduation. When parents hear “College is now six years” we groan. Kicking our kids out with a degree in four years is exactly what we want. The Furman Advantage ensures students are engaged in their studies, learning through research, offering internships and study abroad programs. Advisors and mentors are there to help your student “find his path” along the way. In other words, there is accountability. Your student won’t show up on campus and have to figure out for himself what all he needs to do to graduate and get on with a productive, lucrative life (outside your basement).
Furman is 100% residential, contributing to the small, close-knit community atmosphere. There are 18 Division 1 sports, and for you sports fans, yes, they do play Clemson. Furman also hosts 165 clubs and organizations.
During COVID, all students are back on campus. Masks are required and CDC guidelines are followed, but students are physically present in class…an advantage over virtual college in our humble opinion. If you’re interested in a tour, they are currently only doing on-campus tours for seniors who have already applied.
Requirements to get in? So glad you asked. Application, HS transcript, and a school report are all requirements. Letters of recommendation (1-3), test scores, and resume are all optional (and by optional they mean highly recommended, in our opinion). Average ACT® scores range from 27 – 32. All-inclusive tuition is $66,214, and by all-inclusive they really do mean everything: tuition, fees, room, board, sports events entry, etc. All applicants are considered for an Admissions Scholarship (no separate application required). Talent-based scholarships are available for music, D1 athletes, and Army ROTC. Need based aid is also given (FAFSA required).
Demonstrated interest does count, so be sure and get on their mailing list today, and pop by for a visit whenever it is safe to do so again. Visit their website at www.furman.edu and don’t forget to book an appointment with our own college admissions counselor Katie Zylick to help you through the process.