Congratulations! You have taken the first step toward a four-year experience at one of the United States' highest ranked universities—an experience that will change your life.  We are pleased that you're interested in joining our community of bright, highly-motivated students.

Our personal approach to the admission process allows us to gain insight about who you are, both academically and personally.  We're interested in getting to know you and all students who seek academic challenge, leadership, service, commitment to the community, and civic engagement.  We hope you take this opportunity to showcase yourself and your abilities.

Questions about your application? Contact Fred Silva, international admission coordinator, at fred.silva@furman.edu.

Required steps

  • Choose an application plan

      At Furman, we treat each applicant as an individual.  To that end, we've tailored three different application processes to meet each student's particular needs.

      Early decision

      If Furman is your first choice and you are confident that you will attend if admitted, apply Early Decision.  Furman's Early Decision is binding, meaning that if you are admitted, you agree to withdraw your applications from all other institutions and commit to enroll at Furman.  After admission, you are free to sit back and relax, while all of your friends scramble to apply to colleges.

      Please note that if you apply for Merit-based Scholarships such as the Lay, Duke, Hollingsworth, Townes, or Departmental Scholarships, you will not be notified of the potential award until the following April.  Therefore, if your college decision is dependent upon financial assistance from Merit-based Scholarships, we believe that either applying Early Action or Regular Decision would be a better choice for you, allowing you to compare financial aid packages from a number of schools in the spring rather than committing yourself now through an early binding agreement.  If you have already applied Early Decision but your enrollment is contingent upon merit-based aid, we strongly encourage you to change your application from Early Decision to either Early Action or Regular Decision by emailing us at admission@furman.edu or calling us at 864.294.2034.

      Early action

      Early Action allows you to apply and learn about your admission decision before we notify applicants in our Regular Decision process.  With Early Action, you're still free to investigate other schools.

      Regular decision

      If you want to keep your options open and need the most time to complete admission applications, apply Regular Decision. Regular Decision is the most traditional way that students apply to colleges.

        Early decision   Early action  Regular decision
       Application deadline  Nov. 15  Nov. 29  Jan. 15
       Admission notification  Dec. 1  Feb. 1  April 1
       Decision deadline*  Jan. 6  May 1  May 1

      *Statement of intent and enrollment deposit due

  • Complete the Common Application

      All students may complete and submit the Common Application online. There is a $50 application fee.

      Keep in mind your application is the best way for us to understand your academic and extracurricular abilities. Please include as much information as possible in this application so that we can better evaluate you for both admission and scholarship opportunities.

  • Submit your school report

      Check with your guidance counselor to make sure he or she has completed your School Report. The report tells us about the courses and programs offered by your school.

  • Submit your high school transcript

      Be sure your high school submits your transcript to us. If you are a college student interested in transferring to Furman, we will waive this submission if you have earned 32 or more transferable semester hours or have reached your 21st birthday.

  • Submit your official test scores

      We require a minimum TOEFL score of 100 internet-based, 260 computer-based, or a 620 paper-based, and an IELTS score of 7 to be competitive for admission.  Furman's school code for the TOEFL is 5222.

  • Submit a certificate of finance

      Limited financial assistance for international students is available.  All applicants must submit a Certificate of Finance, which demonstrates the amount of funding a student is able to provide toward his or her educational expenses.  This form is necessary to process the I-20 form for the F-1 student visa. To complete this step, forward this form via email to Fred Silva, international admission coordinator, at fred.silva@furman.edu.

Optional steps

  • Apply for merit-based scholarships

      We offer two full scholarships to incoming international freshmen each year. These freshmen scholarships are highly competitive and based on academic excellence, strong standardized test scores, and fit to Furman. These scholarships require only your admission application for review. Other merit aid may be available based upon your academic and co-curricular accomplishments.

      International students are also welcome to apply for any of our merit-based scholarships. Unless otherwise specified, these scholarships require separate applications that are due January 15. Please note that all financial aid decisions are not made until April.  If your enrollment is contingent upon financial assistance, please do not apply Early Decision, as the deadline for the deposit is prior to your scholarship notification.

      We do not offer any scholarships or financial aid to international transfer students. The scholarship evaluation is very competitive.  Any international student not selected to receive a scholarship would be responsible for the full cost of attendance.

  • Apply for financial assistance

      We understand that college can be expensive, so we're here to help.  Below are a few steps that will allow you to seek financial aid.  You may also find more detailed steps at the financial aid website.

      Complete the CSS Profile

        Early decision   Early action  Regular decision
      CSS Profile Priority Filing Date   Nov. 15  Feb. 15  Mar. 1
      FAFSA Priority Filing Date  Mar. 1  Feb. 15  Mar. 1
      Merit-based Scholarship Application Deadline  Jan. 15  Jan. 15  Jan. 15
      Financial Aid / Special Recognition Scholarship Notification*  Dec. 15  Mar. 1  Apr. 2

      * Merit-based Scholarship notifications all in early April

  • Schedule a FAN interview

      Furman Admission Network interviews give you the opportunity to talk about all those things that make you unique — your talents, experiences and aspirations. What better way to find out if Furman is right for you? These informal interviews with Furman alumni or parents allow you to speak with someone who knows Furman personally. Though optional, we encourage all applicants to participate in an informal interview. Be sure to sign up for an interview before the deadline.


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