About Furman University
Furman University is one of the nation's premier undergraduate liberal arts colleges. We offer outstanding academics, opportunities for a broad range of talented students with a passion for learning, a robust visual and performing arts program and NCAA Division I athletics. Our campus is nationally acclaimed for its beauty and the residential student body is the ideal size to enhance scholarly activity, personal growth and leadership development. With our more realistic approach to college admissions, we have made the standardized test optional and instead rely on interviews with hopeful applicants.
Founded in 1826, our private university is located in Greenville, South Carolina. Modern, sophisticated academic buildings are complemented by comprehensive athletics, recreational and social facilities. Student housing ranges from traditional dormitory residences to apartments. The James B. Duke Library includes more than 500,000 volumes. The 750-acre campus features an Asian garden, a replica of Henry David Thoreau's cabin, the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, a Florentine bell tower, a spring-fed lake, 13 miles of paved trails through the woodlands for hiking and biking and an 18-hole golf course.
Greenville has experienced a cultural and economic renaissance and its downtown is a major destination for business and tourism. With direct flights by major airlines, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is located just 35 minutes from the Furman campus.
Get to know the people in charge of the university's operations—our Board of Trustees, interim president, deans and senior administrators. Meet our leaders.
Our strategic plan, Vision 2020, is the driving force behind everything we do. It is designed as a foundation for articulating the governing values and principles that will guide Furman through the decade 2011 to 2020. View our plan.
Take a journey into our past, from our founding in 1826 to becoming South Carolina's third school to earn a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Discover our history.