Some of us fill out lots of apps. Some of us fill out one. As far as we're concerned, this is the most important app you're going to complete. Here's an easy guide to get you through the process.
1. Furman accepts the Common Application
with no application fee for an online application. You may also print and mail the application, along with the $50 application fee.
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. Choose the application plan that best suits you.
Please note that international students are required to begin in the fall semester.
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 better choices 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 email@example.com
or calling us at 864.294.2034.
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.
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 Action
|| Regular Decision
| Application Deadline
|| Nov. 1
|| Nov. 15
|| Jan. 15
| Admission Notification
|| Dec. 1
|| Feb. 1
|| Apr. 2
| Decision Deadline*
|| Jan. 5
|| May 1
|| May 1
* Statement of Intent and Enrollment Deposit Due
2. Complete Furman's Supplement to the Common Application
, which is required for all applicants. This can be found on the Common Application website
3. Check with your guidance counselor to make sure he or she has completed the School Report
, also available at commonapp.org
. The report tells us about the courses and programs offered by your school.
4. Submit your high school transcript.
5. Submit 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.
6. 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.
1. 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. 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 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.
2. Complete applications 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
|CSS Profile Priority Filing Date
|| Nov. 15
|| 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
3. Sign up for your Furman Admission Network (FAN) interview.
Applicants may elect to participate in an informal FAN interview with a Furman alumnus or parent volunteer. You are paired with someone in your area and ideally, interview in person. You may also interview by phone or Skype. Though a FAN interview is an optional part of the application process, the Admission Committee strongly urges every applicant to participate, as the interview allows the Committee to learn details about you that may not be expressed in your formal application. FAN interviews are also a great way for applicants to meet others who have experienced Furman and to determine if Furman is the right place for them.
Interviews are arranged beginning in the fall and are only assigned for a student after we have received his or her Common Application. Once your interview has been assigned, you will be contacted by your interviewer to schedule a convenient time and place to meet.
To sign up for a FAN interview, you must create a profile on Furman's Engage Community
. Once you have completed your profile and are matched with your counselor, click on "Home (Feed)" at the top of the page. You will be automatically directed to your home page news feed. On the right side of your home page will be a box titled "Furman Admission Network Interview Request." Click "Sign me up!" and follow the prompts.
If you have any questions about the process, you may email FANManager@furman.edu
||Last day to request an interview
||Interview completion due date
|Early Decision Plan
|| Nov. 1, 2011
|| Nov. 21, 2011
|Early Action Plan
|| Dec. 15, 2011
|| Jan. 23, 2012
|Regular Decision Plan
|| Feb. 6, 2012
|| March 12, 2012
|Regular Decision Plan -- Merit-based Legacy Scholarship Applicant*
|| Jan. 15, 2012
|| Feb. 10, 2012
* Merit-based Legacy Scholarship Applicants are legacy students who have applied for the Merit-based Legacy Scholarship
. As this scholarship requires a FAN interview, an earlier deadline is necessary to allow for time to process the application.
Hints for International Students:
Your application is our main indicator of your academic and extracurricular abilities. Please include as much information as possible in this application in order that we are able to better evaluate you for both admission and scholarship opportunities.
Furman's Mailing Address:
Office of Admission
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC 29613
Please direct any questions you may have regarding international admission to:
International Admission Coordinator