Athletics

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

Athletics: Furman students care about academics more than sports.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Furman football games always draw a big crowd of tailgaters but not everyone goes and actually watches the game. Students are very supportive of teams that would receive less attention at other schools, such as the soccer team.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Furman athletics aren't the best, but people still go to some of the games and support the players. Our soccer teams are really good!

2 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The athletics on campus are not a huge focal point.

3 College Junior

Athletics: They're slow and the team spirit hardly exists. No one really looks forward to watching Furman football games. Most people who bother to wake up on a Saturday morning are only there to tailgate with their friends before/during the game.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 402nd
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1173rd
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tenell Felder
Hometown
Columbia, SC
Major
Political Science/Communications
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Furman athletics are not nearly as big as they are at many larger institutions. However, Furman does have several very strong teams. Football gets the most attention on campus and has the best turnout, but the soccer and golf teams are also very competitive. Intramural and club sports have a strong presence on campus with a high level of participation. There seems to be something for all students, whether they are serious about their sport or they are trying it out for the first time.

Students actually seem to get more excited and competitive about their intramural team than varsity sports. Besides football, the majority of students don't attend Furman athletic events. The athletic department is constantly trying to increase student attendance, and students who do go usually end up getting hooked. Furman's teams are great for such a small school; they just need more student support.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southern Conference
Basketball: Southern Conference
School Colors
Purple and white
School Nickname
Paladin
Men Playing Varsity Sports
226 - 21%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
108 - 7%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 77
Basketball: 27
Baseball: 32
Cross Country/Track: 26
Other Sports: 94
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 89%
Basketball: 80%
Baseball: 75%
Cross Country/Track: 33%
Other Sports: 74%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Baseball
  • Boxing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Powerlifting
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Triathalon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Football
  • Sand volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Belk Complex for Track & Field
  • Furman Golf Course
  • Herman W. Lay Physical Activities Center
  • Mickel Tennis Center
  • Sports Medicine Center
  • Strength & Conditioning Center
  • Timmons Arena
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, football, and soccer are the major sporting events on campus. Students attend the games as social events and follow the teams with some regularity.
Most Overlooked Teams
Sports such as volleyball, track and field and tennis often do very well each season but do not gather the hype of the more popular sports such as football and soccer.
School Spirit
While Furman students may not have as much school spirit as students at other schools, most are still full of Furman pride. Most sporting events have low turn-outs, but the football games are the place to be on fall weekends. The fraternity and sorority members usually dress up, and others proudly wear their purple and white. However, we are not the most dedicated fans, as the student section has often emptied by the fourth quarter. But with an acronym like FU, it's not difficult to have school spirit. Students can't wait for the cheerleaders to lead them in their favorite school cheer: "FU one time! FU two times! . . ." Well, you get the idea.
Getting Tickets
All sporting events are free with a Furman ID; otherwise, call (864) 294-3099.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Around the lake

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 16 responses

  • 6% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 12% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 81% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 17 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 29% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 24% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 47% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 16% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 68% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 16% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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