Furman University

Furman University

Furman University is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian university located in Greenville, South Carolina, United States. It was established in the year 1826. The university's campus spreads across an area of more than 750 acres. The university offers various undergraduate and graduate degree programs in diverse areas of study. Furman University is well-known for its courses in chemistry, history, music, religion, political science, and psychology.

The University's athletics department sponsors several men's and women's sports teams. It is a member of the NCAA Division I and competes in the Southern Conference. Their sports teams are known as the Paladins. The Paladins participate in various intercollegiate sports including basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.

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Contacting Furman

Furman University
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville , SC 29613-6162
General Phone: (864) 294-2000

Furman Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts255Asian studies, Latin American studies, women's studies, Chinese language, Japanese language, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, ...
Education and Teaching122education, elementary/middle school admin, secondary school administration, social foundations of education, special ed, education of emotionally disturbed, mental retardation education, education of learning disabled, elementary school teaching, ...
Science78biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Business and Management63business management, accounting
Media48communication studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy43health and physical education, exercise science
Religion and Philosophy37philosophy, religion
Therapy and Counseling32psychology
Music25music, music performance, music theory and composition, various music studies
Art Studies11art studies
Mathematics9mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Drama and Performing Arts5drama
Computer Science and Engineering4computer and info science, information science, computer science
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental studies
Engineering0various engineering courses

Number of programs and degrees for Furman in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree65151
Master's degree7118
Postbaccalaureate certificate214

Furman Student Body

In 2007-2008, Furman had a total enrollment of 2,951 students (2,725 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 100%
Full-Time 41%
Part-Time 59%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 87%
Graduate 13%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 82%
Black 7%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 41%
20-21 42%
22-24 8%
25-29 3%
30-34 1%
35-39 1%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Carolina30%
North Carolina9%
(International Students)2%
New York1%
New Jersey1%

Furman Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 90 %
Part-Time 25 %

Furman Room and Board (2007)

Furman offers campus housing for 2,435 of its 2,725 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Greenville, South Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Furman Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal590690
SAT Math590690
SAT Writing580680
ACT Verbal2532
ACT Math2430
ACT Composite2530

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)recommended
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT93%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT58%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Furman Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 34,588
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 34,588
Room and board $ 8,966
Room charge $ 5,044
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,922
Books and supplies $ 850
Other expenses $ 2,636

Financial Aid:
Furman participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 343400)

Furman Faculty

Furman has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3525
Non-tenured and not on tenure track65

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year81$97,41827$88,967
Associate professoracademic year42$71,52620$70,715
Assistant professoracademic year39$56,10926$56,978
Instructoracademic year4$48,5006$46,886
No academic rankacademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year166$79,98380$70,208

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Furman Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southern Conference
Basketball Southern Conference
Baseball Southern Conference
Track Southern Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports395594

Furman Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Biology Teacher Education
Education, General
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
Elementary Education and Teaching
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary School Administration/Principalship
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Engineering, Other

Liberal Arts
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Asian Studies/Civilization
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric


Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Music, Other

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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