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Furman University Overview

Furman University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Greenville, South Carolina. Greenville is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is Furman University Known For?

732 Undergraduate Awards
$35,126 Avg Cost After Aid
61% Acceptance Rate
  • Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at Furman since the student to facuty ratio is 10 to 1.
  • The student loan default rate at Furman is 3%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The master's degree is the highest award offered at Furman.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 80% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Furman makes roughly $51,200 a year. This is 25% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • It takes the average Furman student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Furman University Rankings

Furman is ranked #222 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Furman has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#145 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Furman.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#15 Most Popular Religious Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#64 Most Popular Area Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#69 Most Popular Philosophy & Religious Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#88 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#117 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#139 Most Popular Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Furman has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#23 Best Value Colleges for Political Science & Government College Factual
#50 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Media Studies College Factual
#54 Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies College Factual
#66 Highest Paid Communication & Media Studies Graduates College Factual
#76 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates College Factual

Where Is Furman University?

Location of Furman University

Contact details for Furman are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC 29613-6162
Phone: 864-294-2000

How Do I Get Into Furman?

You can apply to Furman online at:

Admission Requirements for Furman

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program considered but not required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Furman?

61% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
41% Submit SAT Scores
Furman has an acceptance rate of 61%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 38% of accepted students are men and 62% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 59%, and the acceptance rate for women is 63%.

Average Test Scores

About 41% of students accepted to Furman submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 690. Math scores were between 590 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Furman University  ( 600 to 690 )

SAT Math Scores for Furman University  ( 590 to 690 )
Furman received ACT scores from 53% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 26 and 34. Math scores were between 25 and 29. Composite scores were between 26 and 31.

ACT English Scores for Furman University  ( 26 to 34 )
ACT Math Scores for Furman University  ( 25 to 29 )
ACT Composite Scores for Furman University  ( 26 to 31 )

Can I Afford Furman University?

$35,126 Net Price
37% Take Out Loans
2.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Furman is $35,126. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Furman, approximately 37% of students took out student loans averaging $7,237 a year. That adds up to $28,948 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Furman is 2.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Furman University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,603 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,688 undergraduate students at Furman, with 2,603 being full-time and 85 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Furman

There are also 140 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,603 full-time undergraduates at Furman, 39% are male and 61% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Furman

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Furman University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Furman Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 65
Black or African American 156
Hispanic or Latino 133
White 2,069
International Students 68
Other Races/Ethnicities 112

Geographic Diversity

South Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at Furman University. At this time, 35 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 32 countries are represented at Furman. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, United Kingdom, and Canada.

Furman University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 79 0 79
Communication & Media Studies 65 0 65
Political Science & Government 60 0 60
Other Health Professions 49 0 49
General Psychology 40 0 40
General Biology 37 0 37
Teacher Education Subject Specific 11 21 32
Music 30 0 30
Religious Studies 25 0 25
Romance Languages 24 0 24
Economics 24 0 24
Educational Administration 0 23 23
Accounting 22 0 22
History 22 0 22
Chemistry 20 2 22
Teacher Education Grade Specific 9 11 20
Area Studies 20 0 20
Sociology 16 0 16
Fine & Studio Arts 16 0 16
Computer Science 15 0 15
General English Literature 15 0 15
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 14 14
Mathematics 13 0 13
Geological & Earth Sciences 13 0 13
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 12 0 12
Sustainability Science 12 0 12
Public Health 11 0 11
Philosophy 10 0 10
Physics 10 0 10
Anthropology 9 0 9
Drama & Theater Arts 9 0 9
General Education 6 2 8
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 8 0 8
Information Science 7 0 7
Special Education 0 5 5
Classical Languages & Literature 5 0 5
Germanic Languages 5 0 5
Teaching English or French 0 2 2
Other Engineering 2 0 2
Urban Studies 1 0 1
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0
TOTAL 732 80 812


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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