There are plenty of opportunities for students from different backgrounds and different interests to join our prestigious school. We have our share of superstar students, and we also have plenty of regular, really smart students here as well. So don't stress out. Just apply. Let's get to know one another.
To be considered for admission, you must complete a strong college preparatory course of study. At minimum, your curriculum should include:
- Four years of English
- Algebra I and II
- Three years of social studies
- Three years of natural sciences
- Two years of the same foreign language
When we receive your application, we will recalculate your GPA on a 4.0 scale, including only core classes. Courses like physical education are not included. The average unweighted GPA ranges from a 3.6 to 3.9 on a 4.0 scale.
We do not, however, have a GPA cut-off. Because we take a very personal approach to the application process, we get to know each applicant on an individual basis. Above any scores or grades, we like to see that you have challenged yourself with the courses offered at your school. We'll know what's offered by carefully reading your counselor evaluation and high school profile.
If you have taken AP courses and scored a 4 or greater or IB courses and scored a 6 or greater on the exam, you may receive college credit for your performance.
Optional test scores
We believe that your potential for success cannot be determined solely by standardized test scores. As a result, our admission process is test optional, meaning you are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores.
If you feel like your test scores are a strong representation of your academic accomplishments, then we are happy to review the scores. If you do decide to submit your test scores and submit multiple test results, we will select the scores that offer you the greatest advantage in the admission review process. Furman's school code for the SAT and TOEFL is 5222, and the code for ACT is 3858.
We're often asked how many and what types of extracurricular activities you should be involved in. There is no "should" for extracurricular activities. The purpose of listing them is to help us get to know you through your interests and participation outside of the classroom.
We're looking for commitment, leadership, and passion. While we do like to see that students have been involved in activities at a deeper level (for instance, they have participated in the same club for several years and have been able to take on leadership roles in it), we're also aware that not all students can be the team captain or student body president. Taking a leadership role or participating in activities that relate to each other gives us a better picture of what kinds of activities matter to you and the experiences and passions you'll bring to Furman's campus.
Optional recommendation letters
A recommendation letter allows those who know you best to tell us about your character. That said, you don't need a letter from everyone who has ever known you. Instead, pick a few people (preferably not family members) who know you in different ways—teachers, employers, coaches, or any leaders of clubs, groups, or organizations that you are involved with.
Optional supplementary materials
If you have an extraordinary talent or skill that cannot be adequately conveyed through the application, please feel free to submit supplemental material. Supplements may include musical selections, artwork, DVDs of a performance or event, or a small sample of academic work. In recent years, students have also submitted links to personal blogs, YouTube accounts, and in some cases, iTunes tracks.
What else do you want us to know about you? Use the essay portion of your application to tell us! Consider the content of your application, and then write about something else in your essay. Write in your own voice, and focus on an aspect of your life that will help us get to know you.