Furman at a Glance

Introduction

Founded in 1826, Furman University is an independent, coeducational, liberal arts college located on the outskirts of Greenville, South Carolina. Furman is accredited to award bachelor's and masters' degrees by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. More

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Mission

The primary mission of Furman as a liberal arts college is to provide a distinctive undergraduate education encompassing humanities, fine arts, social sciences, mathematics and the natural sciences and selected professional disciplines. More

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Core Values

Furman University is an institution of liberal learning offering a comprehensive education in an ecumenical and interfaith setting. The University is committed to a set of values which it believes to be enduring and basic. More

Full Statement of Character and Values

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Campus

Situated in the scenic Carolina foothills on a beautifully designed 750-acre campus, Furman has 36 major buildings on campus, most of which are faced with handmade Virginia brick. The campus includes a newly renovated science complex with a planetarium; 2,000 seat auditorium; music complex with recital halls and technology lab; physical activities center with pool and workout facilities; chapel; 16,000 seat football stadium; tennis center; soccer stadium; lake; and 18-hole golf course.

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Library

The James Buchanan Duke Library houses more than 500,000 volumes and acquires approximately 10,000 new titles each year. An expansion of the library that doubled the size was completed in Fall 2004. Electronic subscriptions to all major journals are maintained. There are separate music and science libraries, in addition.

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Enrollment

For the Fall 2013 term enrollment is 2,712--1,547 women and 1,165 men. Of this student body 5.4% are African-American, 4.2% are Asian, 3.5% are Hispanic, 84% are white and 2.9% are multiracial or other. International student representation is 3.7%. The entering freshman class for 2013 is composed of 422 women and 333 men, of whom 5.0% are African-American, 4.0% are Asian, and 4.9% are Hispanic. International representation is 5.4%.  46 states and more than 50 countries are represented in the student body.

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Retention/Graduation

89% of Furman freshmen return for their sophomore year. 83% graduate in four years; 84% in five years. More

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Post-Graduate Outcomes

Ten years of post-graduate employment and graduate school information for Furman graduates can be found here.

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Admissions

For the entering class in Fall 2013, 5,935 applications were received for a freshman class of just over 755. The middle 50% range for SAT scores for those entering was 1130-1340 and of those who reported class rank, 48% were in the top 10% of their high school classes.

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Financial Aid

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Programs of Study and Degrees

Furman offers majors in 45 subjects, the ability to choose a supplementary concentration, such as women's studies, Latin American studies, classical studies or environmental studies. Additionally, a teacher education program and premedical, prelaw and preministry as well as pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, nursing and ROTC programs are available. Students can participate in cooperative programs in engineering and forestry and environmental studies and may also craft an individualized curriculum program. The university offers the bachelor of arts, bachelor of music, bachelor of science, bachelor of liberal arts, master of arts and master of science degrees.

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Engaged Learning

Furman prides itself on its focus on internships, cooperative education, independent study and research programs. More than 50% of all students take part either during the regular term or summer in such programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Furman has 239 full-time faculty with 96% holding the doctoral or terminal degree in their field. 113 hold the rank of professor; 53, associate professor; and 72, assistant professor. The student-faculty ratio is 11:1. The university has approximately 900 full-time employees with approximately 600 administrative and staff employees. There are also approximately 65 part-time faculty and staff employees.

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Finance

The operating budget for Fiscal Year 2012 was approximately $140 million. The university's endowment as of June 30, 2013 was $593 million.

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Tuition, Fees, Room and Board 2013-2014 Academic Year

Tuition $42,784
Fees $380
Room (weighted average) $5,818
Board (unlimited meal plan) $5,024
Total $54,006

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Athletics

Furman is a strong competitor in NCAA Division I sports. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and track. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and volleyball. Intramural sports offer 20 activities for student participation. In addition, the Club Sports program offers competition against other universities in Aikido, Baseball, Basketball, Cycling, Equestrian (Dressage and IHSA), Fencing, Golf, Hockey, Lacrosse (M&W), Powerlifting, Rugby (M&W), Soccer (M&W), Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Ultimate Frisbee, and Volleyball (M&W).

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Music

Furman has a long history as a school for the training of performing artists in all areas of music. Regular performances are given by the Furman Symphony Orchestra, Furman University Band, Furman Singers, Furman Chorale, Furman Chamber Group, Furman Jazz Ensembles, Woodwind and Brass Ensembles and Opera Theater. The university also hosts performances by the Greenville Chorale, Greenville Symphony Orchestra and numerous guest artists.

Music Department

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Furman University is one of the nation's premier undergraduate liberal arts colleges. We offer outstanding academics, opportunities for a broad range of talented students with a passion for learning, a robust arts program, and NCAA Division I athletics.

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