Academics

Location
Greenville, SC
Undergrads
2,623
Tuition
$41,532
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Junior

Academics: Lots of work, but definitely doable. It prepares you for graduate school really well. Professors are difficult and the classes cover a lot (sometimes more than other universities). The chemistry curriculum is very unique.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are extremely harsh graders. The academic work is challenging but rewarding.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Furman professors challenge their students to reach their highest potential. Although classes are not easy, they are incredibly rewarding.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Great profs, and unique opportunities.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Heavy work load, but the professors know what they're talking about.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 84th
    Smartest Professors
  • 237th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 363rd
    Most Caring Professors
  • 511st
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 592nd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tenell Felder
Hometown
Columbia, SC
Major
Political Science/Communications
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Furman prides itself on the high level of personal attention each student receives from his or her professors. Many choose to work at Furman over larger, more research-oriented schools because of their strong commitment to teaching undergraduates. While professors are required to hold office hours everyday, most are available whenever students decide to drop by to discuss a project or just to chat. It is not unusual for professors to invite the class over for dinner or out to a downtown bar to celebrate the end of a term. The only downside to attending a school with such attentive professors is that those classes where you only show up for the final don't really exist at Furman. Professors know when you are there and expect you to be ready to participate in class discussion.

Furman has an excellent academic reputation in the Southeast, and its national prestige continues to grow. The academics are one of the primary reasons most students decide to attend Furman. While every professor may not be your favorite, nearly all of them are extremely dedicated to teaching. This consistent quality of educators makes for a broad base of strong academic departments in every field of study.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
11:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
238
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
26
Total FT Faculty
238
Faculty with Terminal Degree
79%
Average Faculty Salary
$79,939
Full-Time Retention Rate
88%
Part-Time Retention Rate
50%
Transfer-Out Rate
10%
Graduation Rate
83%
Programs/Majors Offered
52
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 62%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 38%
  • 50 or More Students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Other
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • History, General: 3%
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science: 3%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 5%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Academic Buildings
  • The Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask people what professors and classes to take before you register.
  • Check your e-mail all the time.
  • Don't fall behind on your CLPs.
  • Go see your professors outside of class, even if it's only once-it really helps.
  • Go to class.
Did You Know?
CLP stands for Cultural Life Program, intended to supplement the educational experience of Furman students. Students must attend four sanctioned cultural events for each semester at Furman before graduating, or 32 total for four years. CLP events range from classical concerts, theater productions, and political speeches, to debates and films.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 15 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 17 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants
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