Facts and Figures Furman University

What makes Furman University one of the nation's premier undergraduate liberal arts colleges? We believe it's our signature approach to the liberal arts. Our academic program teaches students how to think critically, how to evaluate and create, and how to see things from multiple perspectives. Because of these principles, our students graduate broadly-educated and well-rounded, prepared for leadership, and eager to take on the challenges of a complex world. Sure, we're a little biased. But consider the facts:

  • 97 percent of our graduates gain admission to graduate school, or embark upon a career in the job market six months after graduation.
  • Six out of 10 graduates are working in some business-related field, including marketing, accounting, finance and public relations.
  • Furman ranks in the top 10 percent among all college and universities for percentage of graduates earning a doctorate between 2001 and 2010.
  • 95 percent of our faculty have the highest degree in their field.

Frankly, it's no wonder why more than 2,600 undergraduates call our campus their home.

Accreditation

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).
          
Furman is a member of the Southern University Conference, Association of American Colleges and Universities, and South Carolina Association of Colleges, and is on the approved list of the American Chemical Society. The program in music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The Teacher Education Program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
 
Furman is also a member of the Associated Colleges of the South. This consortium of 16 distinguished liberal arts colleges and universities seeks to strengthen the academic programs of its member institutions. The consortium provides a variety of grants and resources for faculty, students, and institutional programs.

Enrollment

Enrollment: 2662
Male/Female ratio: 43 percent / 57 percent
Students from South Carolina: 28.5 percent
African-American students: 5.3 percent
Asian students: 2.3 percent
Hispanic students: 3.0 percent
Multiracial or other (including international): 2.1 percent
Number of states represented: 46
Number of countries represented: 53

Academics

Faculty: 240 faculty
Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
Average class size: 19
Areas of study: 45
Graduate in four years: 84 percent
Graduate in five years: 85 percent
Retention rate: 90 percent

Student activities

Organizations: 150
Academic organizations: 33
Religious organizations: 15
Media organizations: 4
Organizations for the arts: 12
Community/Political organizations: 28
Fraternities: 7
Sororities: 8

Athletics

NCAA Division I teams: 20
Intramural and club teams: 23


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