Mission Statement

Engaged Living: The First-Year Experience, is a residential learning community for first-year students where students live together in a residence hall, participate in one of five academic programs taught by Furman faculty and have fun together while getting involved in campus life.

The mission of Engaged Living is "To create and nurture a residential community that promotes student success, supports Furman's academic mission through contributions to borderless learning, and fosters intentional engagement among students, faculty and staff."

Engaged Living is designed to help first-year students establish a connection to Furman by providing them with a unique living/learning environment which supports their intellectual growth and personal development while enabling them to build meaningful interpersonal relationships. 

"Engaged learning," an institutional focus on opportunities for applied learning,  serves as the guiding philosophical foundation for the Engaged Living program and all community goals. This problem-solving, project-oriented and research-based educational philosophy encourages students to put into practice the theories and methods learned within the classroom and apply them to real-world settings.

Community Goals

  1. To establish a connection to Furman by providing students with positive faculty/staff interactions and engagement in curricular and co-curricular activities.

  2. To establish a strong residential community among residents where events and activities develop a strong sense of community spirit while supporting its values.

  3. To develop a strong foundation for continued success in college during the first-year experience.

  4. To provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage each other beyond the classroom and residence hall community.

  5. To help students establish meaningful relationships within their residential community which are expounded upon in the classroom.

  6. To facilitate the growth of critical and imaginative thinking among students by having them put into practice the theories and methods learned in the classroom in a community which is characterized by intellectual and ethical curiosity.

  7. To support students’ intellectual and personal growth and development.

  8. To recruit increasingly select, diverse, and intellectually-engaged students, support retention, and assess the effectiveness of student learning outcomes and student satisfaction.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will understand the importance of academic success during the first-year of college.

  2. Students will learn how to apply the knowledge and theories taught in their classes to real-world environments.

  3. Students will develop effective interpersonal relationships with community members, hall staff, faculty and staff.

  4. Students will learn to work together as a team to plan, implement, and participate in Engaged Living events and traditions.

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