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2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Dating is so weak at this school. It can be very hard to intermingle and I'm not quite sure how I got my current boyfriend, but I don't know how the hell I'm going to go about finding someone else if we break up.

Girls are very beautiful here, the guys are more average. There are a range of students dressing up or in sweats in class. I don't party, but a lot of people complain that the party scene is ridiculously weak.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Printing is limited, but it's a very high limit, and if you run out you just ask for more. Network and wifi speed sucks. They really need to boost it. There are many computer labs, so that's never a problem, but sometimes computers stop working and it's a while before they're fixed which is bothersome when you're in a smaller computer lab.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The majority of girls are in sororities. Far fewer guys are in fraternities, though there are fewer male students overall. The Greek life at Furman is very understated. By that I mean, it's very far from the intensity and stereotyped nature of Greek life at big state schools. Greeks are friends with non-Greeks, it's not a huge deal, but people can feel left out if they're not part of Greek life.

Greek students live in designated halls a part of the dorms.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: This past winter was terribly cold for the south, pretty miserable. The weather is pretty sporadic, but overall, it's not bad. Doesn't really affect the campus experience I don't think.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I chose one of the hardest majors: neuroscience. It's extremely difficult. There are a lot of classes and a lot of very difficult, high-level classes to take. I'm also pre-med, but a lot of the classes in my major overlap with the pre-med requirements. Benefits are I get to take a bunch of great classes with a bunch of great teachers.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Furman academics are very strong. Most majors are very difficult and demanding, but really provide students with a strong academic background they need to succeed in the real world.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Very rigorous, but the relationship I have with my teachers makes it worth it. I have found close friends, and great mentors. And I have found all of this while in beautiful scenery that is almost unparalleled.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Some places take the RLC card which gives a discount, but that usually does apply on weekends, which sucks. There is a great variety of restaurants in Greenville though. Lots of food.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some of the dorms can be a little janky, and definitely need to be redone. But overall, there are pretty nice accommodations. I like that everyone has to live on campus because it does create a nice atmosphere. Everyone's there and hanging out.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: We recently got a new little mini bus car thing that constantly drives around campus. It's great, you can get a quick ride from the dining hall straight to your dorm.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Furman students are required to live on campus all 4 years (expect for senior year you might be able to live in a VERY close by apartment complex). Unless your home residence is close by, you'll be living on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Greenville is a lovely little town. It has charm, lots of restaurants, but people complain about lack of nightlife. There are lots of art and cultural events and it's really beautiful and green.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Majority are affluent, sheltered, white, and religious. However, I do believe the student body is relatively open-minded when it comes to most things.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They give a good amount of financial aid at Furman if you need it. They are trying to amp up their student population here and want you to come. The acceptance rate is 70% for crying out loud

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: If you go down town to Greenville, the food options are great. Most are average priced for normal people, but for college students it can be kind of pricey. Greenville is in no way shape or form a college town, so don't expect lots of college bars or die hard Furman fans in Greenville.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Furman will give you a great education. All of the teachers are willing to talk to you at weird hours and will answer your emails in a blink of an eye. You know that you will get a good education here. The problem is that Furman is not really known around the United States and it can be hard to get jobs outside of the South East unless you know someone. But you are bound to find a connection here at Furman because it is such a small school

1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food at Furman is probably the thing that Most students complain about. If you don't believe me, down load the app Yik Yak. It is an app that allows students to anonymously make comments on campus based on location. About 50% of these posts are about how bad the food is. Aramark runs Furman's food program. They have a scale from 1-8 based on food quality that they can provide. Prison food (which they supply a lot) has a food quality of 1. Furman's food quality that they are willing to pay for through Aramark is a 3. Students pay $55,000 a year to go to Furman and eat terrible food. The hours are weird and they make you buy a meal plan even though you can go to the grocery store for an entire year and make your own food for half the price of campus meals.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Furman is pretty strict when it comes to drinking on campus. FUPO is going to new lengths to break up the fun. Having 8+ in a North Village appartment is considered a party WITH OR WITH OUT ALCOHOL, which is ridiculous. Overall very strict

3 College Sophomore

Majors: It is a liberal arts school, so there aren't that many major options

2 College Sophomore

Majors: Furman doesn't have that many connections because the only people that know of Furman are in the South East

1 College Sophomore

Parking: It is impossible to park anywhere that your parking ticket does not assign, you will get ticketed immediately

1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing lottery is awful. Upper class men have ended up in alcohol free dorms. Housing is way over priced for what you get.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Furman makes it impossible for you to live off campus because that would mean that the housing department does not get your money. The housing department at Furman is absolutely awful. North Village is the only place on campus where students can drink if they are of age, but since Furman does not want anyone to live off campus, they have resulted to putting JUNIORS IN DORMS. Which is absolutely ridiculous! In that case, a 21 year old could not drink in his room because dorms are alcohol free.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am an Economics major and it's pretty tough. There are clubs and societies for every major.

College Sophomore

Academics: Furman is hard, the teachers are tough and they do not grade easily. If you come to Furman, you are expected to study a lot. It is not uncommon to see people in the library on a friday night. If you actually want to learn something, come to Furman. It is one of the most rigorous schools in the nation. But the teachers do care about you. Class sizes are around 15-25. Every teacher will know your name which means they will know if you do not come to class. Unfortunately in recent years, Furman has started to fire teachers in order to put more money into the athletic programs. This year, Furman has made plans to cut out their Middle Eastern Studies minor as well as fire 3 teachers, while the Lacrosse coach is being paid millions of dollars. It is really sad to say that Furman's academics are starting to go down hill. I just hope that their standard for academic excellence does not continue to fall at the cost of athletics.


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Tenell Felder
Columbia, SC
Political Science/Communications
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Furman students are generally crazy about their school. Although it's not for everyone, the ones who decide to attend usually find it a great match. The academic programs at Furman are a huge draw. Students appreciate the quality of education they are getting and the personal attention they get from their professors. And although the workload can be stressful at times, Furman's idyllic campus makes it difficult to sustain any level of stress for too long.

It's true the Furman bubble may seem out of touch with the real world at times. Sometimes, it seems like you are surrounded by homecoming queens, class presidents, and valedictorians. But despite a few complaints, no one seems to want to leave. Just ask anyone on campus. Furman students love to talk about why they love their school.

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