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$43,164
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: Furman, although they advertise as a very diverse school, they are not. The only black people at school are athletes and if they aren't, there maybe 5-10 of them, and about 1/3 are gay. The majority of the school about 85% is white rich christian conservatives from the South. Some are racist, some aren't. International students are on campus but they don't have much of a presence. Overall, very white southern and rich.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Furman has a very diverse campus in terms of race and sexual orientation for such a small school. Everyone is basically from the upper-middle class to upper class so not very diverse economically.

2 College Junior

Diversity: Lots of rich white kids.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Although not the most racially diverse campus, it is easy to find people who fall into other minority groups at Furman. There is a fairly strong Jewish community and there is am abundance of cultural diversity since many students come from different areas of America and the world.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tenell Felder
Hometown
Columbia, SC
Major
Political Science/Communications
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Clearly the numbers speak for themselves. Furman is not
a diverse place. The administration would desperately like to attract a more diverse student body, and hopefully this will happen in the future. It is true that Furman is more diverse than it used to be, but the student population is still about 90 pecent white. Of course, many of these students come from various geographical and ideological backgrounds, but whatever diversity Furman has is difficult to see just by looking.

Although Furman's professors are dedicated to educating their students on the diverse world beyond Furman, they are immersed in a homogeneous environment. Students would be glad to add more diversity to the student body, but upper-middle-class white kids just keep showing up.

Facts & Statistics

African American
6%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
3%
International
3%
Native American
0%
White
81%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
74%
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 46%
20-21: 44%
22-24: 8%
25+: 1%
Female Faculty
32%
Male Faculty
68%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 3%
Native American: 1%
White: 87%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Furman's (openly) gay community is small; however there are organizations such as FLAG (Friends of Lesbians and Gays) whose presence on campus is remarkably visible.
Political Activity
Although Furman has a reputation for having an extremely conservative student body, there is actually a healthy amount of ideological diversity. Many are outspoken about their political views, while a good portion seems to remain politically apathetic.
Economic Status
True to its country-club atmosphere, most students are upper-middle-class. Although many students help pay for their education through financial aid, most seem to easily support their country-club lifestyles.
Most Common Religions
Most religious groups on campus are some variation of Christianity.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Furman has several minority organizations on campus, especially considering its small percentage of minorities. They achieve a fairly visible role on campus by sponsoring various events and parties, and members don't have to be minority or international students.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 24 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 8% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 25% Conservative
  • 25% Moderate
  • 25% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 17% Very conservative
  • 39% Conservative
  • 17% Moderate
  • 4% Not sure
  • 17% Liberal
  • 4% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 23 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 22 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 25 responses

  • 12% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 8% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 52% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 28% Very accepting.
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