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

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.

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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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 15 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 17 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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