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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Furman's facility is the best. Everything is almost new and its campus beauty is famous nationwide.

3 College Junior

Facilities: meh, bad internet connection (inconsistent)

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Very beautiful and aesthetically pleasing campus

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Furman's campus life is vibrant usually. We have a newly renovated University center and ways to connect to nature. The organizations on campus are a great way to meet people.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: They're all present but because the school is so small, the facilities are often small and obscure. No one has probably heard of that one club with 5 members just because of that reason, no matter what its about. With the student center renovations, campus hangouts are finally starting to form, but the library is still the main place.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 52nd
    Greenest Campuses
  • 160th
    Best Library
  • 396th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 979th
    Best Student Centers
  • 1041st
    Best Athletic Facilities

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tenell Felder
Columbia, SC
Political Science/Communications
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Furman's facilities offer a wide variety of services to students. The Physical Activities Center, or PAC, has a large gym with a climbing wall, indoor pool, and workout facility. While the workout facilities need renovation, most of the equipment is new. The student center perpetuates Furman's reputation for having the atmosphere of a Southern country club. Picturesquely located at the banks of Furman's lake, the student center houses the bookstore, post-office, copy-center, food-court, movie theater, and coffee shop. The typical scene includes students sipping their lattes and chai teas on the patio as the occasional swan scuttles across the grass. Just up the hill, glistening fraternity members recreate Top Gun's volleyball scene on sunny afternoons as sunbathers recline on the lawn, smudging their textbooks with tanning oil.

Furman's campus is known for its beauty. The lake, bell tower, rose garden, fountains, and traditional architecture create a picturesque and idyllic setting. The facilities offered are remarkable for a university this size.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
750 acres
Student Centers
The University Center (UC)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • James B. Duke Library
  • Maxwell Music Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Around the lake
  • The Dining Hall
  • The Tower Café
  • The University Center
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
The Tower Café
Movie Theater on Campus
Burgiss Theater in the University Center
School Slang
  • ABC: Atlanta Bread Company, a popular soup and sandwich place and a good place to study.
  • Chicken Finger Tuesday: The DH serves Chicken fingers every Tuesday. Students anticipate Chicken Finger Tuesday from Wednesday to Monday.
  • CLPs: Cultural Life Program. Every student has to get 36 CLP credits to graduate.
  • The DH: The Dining Hall.
  • E-field: The field in front of Blackwell and next to the UC. There are also sand volleyball and basketball courts there.
  • First Class: Furman's e-mail system.
  • Frad: Freshman Advisor; upperclassmen who live on freshman halls without the full responsibility of enforcing housing rules. There are three on every freshman hall.
  • FUPO: Furman University Police.
  • FUSAB: Furman University Student Activities Board; the student group responsible for planning most campus activities.
  • GER: General Education Requirement, classes that every student must take to graduate.
  • HES: Refers to the Health and Exercise Science department and HES-10, a general education requirement for all students.
  • The Mall: The Furman Mall, or the grassy area leading up to the PAC.
  • O-Week: Freshman Orientation Week, the week before classes start every September.
  • The PAC: The Physical Activities Center. This building houses the workout facilities, gym, climbing well, pool, and the health and exercise sciences department.
  • P-Den: The Pala Den Food Court in the University Center.
  • Recruitment: Synonym for rush (see the Words to Know section).
  • The UC: The University Center. This is the center of student activity on campus.
  • Fountain Float: On the last day of class every spring, seniors bring the beach to Furman. They grab beach toys, rafts, and any other kind of float and go for a swim in the fountain in front of the library.
  • Freshman Birthday Dunk: It's a long-standing tradition that everyone gets thrown into the lake on their birthday at least once during their time at Furman. If you somehow escape it freshman year, you will usually get thrown in next time around, even if there's snow on the ground.
  • Homecoming Competition: During the week before homecoming, sororities, fraternities, and other campus organizations compete in skits, banner decorating, float building, and spirit competitions all centered around a theme like "Superheros" or "One-Hit Wonders." The floats are built during the Friday night carnival on the mall, and winners are announced at half time of the football game.
  • Key Shaking: Before each kick-off at the football games, students raise their keys in the air and shake them until the ball is kicked. Then they yell "FU!" in unison.
  • President's Picnic: During Orientation Week, the entire freshman class is invited to a barbecue picnic on the lawn of the president's house. Everyone gets to tour the house and meet the Dr. Shi, who is said to never forget a student's name after meeting them the first time.
Urban Legends
  • Furman is named after a Southern slave-owner . . . oh wait, that one's true.
  • There is a ghost that lives in Judson Hall.
  • Whoever you kiss under the Bell Tower is the person you are going to marry.
Favorite Things To Do
Furman students tend to spend much of their free time outside, whether they are jogging around the lake, playing a game of Frisbee golf, laying out, or harassing the swans. Sometimes FUSAB (Furman University Student Activities Board) offers fun activities such as a comedian, concert, or free movie in Burgiss Theater. Also, the Tower Café is the place most people go if they want a more social studying environment. On any given day, you can work out in the Student Athletic Center or the Recreation Center, go bowling between classes, play some arcade games in the Student Center, or chill out and listen to some music. For those of you who like being outside, there are the outdoor basketball courts by the Curran and Peters parking decks. You can work out at the PAC, take a walk or jog around the lake, hang out at the Tower Café, play sand volleyball on E-field, watch a free movie in Burgiss Theater, or play golf on the Furman golf course.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 21 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 26 responses

  • 4% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 46% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 42% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 8% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 21 responses

  • 38% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 48% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 10% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 5% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
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