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Greenville, SC
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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Furman is a very safe campus. Unless you are a bike. If you are a bike, you are likely to be kidnapped so I would suggest that you lock yourself up at night. There a joke on campus that you could leave your laptop and phone in the library all day and not get it stolen, but if you leave your bike unlocked for an hour it will be gone before you know it. In regards to FUPO (Furman Police), they are very good at busting parties and especially writing parking tickets. They try to be very serious when it comes to Furman safety, but the emails just come out as comical. Overall a very safe campus though. Nothing to worry about

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There isn't much issue with safety and there is a shuttle that operates at night to escort you to your apartment/dorm whenever you need.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Students can leave dorms unlocked and can walk around campus at any time of night knowing they are safe.

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2 College Junior

Health & Safety: We don't have a safety problem, but the administration could be doing more to keep it that way. Lighting paths and enforcing sexual assaults, and cases of stalking.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never been scared on Furman's campus, even walking back alone late at night.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 161st
    Safest Campuses
  • 935th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1174th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tenell Felder
Columbia, SC
Political Science/Communications
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There is no question that Furman's campus feels extremely safe. About half of the students never lock the doors to their rooms during the day or at night. Security may not be as tight as it is on other college campuses, but that's because there isn't really a need. Serious crimes rarely happen on campus, and if a student doesn't feel safe walking alone at night, they can always call on a Public Safety officer to escort them. Although not necessarily the wisest decision, students often feel that they don't have to exercise the same safety precautions as they would in the real world.

Public Safety maintains a highly visible presence on campus, which contributes to its feeling of safety. And while security is not a concern for most students, officers seem to do a good job of taking precautionary measures. Officers are constantly patrolling the campus and are quick to respond to any calls. Residence halls have additional security by requiring a swipe card or key to get into the building. However, doors are often propped open by students. Although Furman's campus is gated, and they close the back gate every night, the front gate is always open. But if Furman's security seems lax in some areas, that is only because there has never been a need for more rigorous safety precautions.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 18
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 3
Security Office
(864) 294-2111
Safety Services
  • Code blue telephones
  • Emergency medical assistance
  • Escort service
  • Investigative services
  • Security alarm systems
  • Shuttle services
  • Specialized education on a given topic by request
Health Center
Student Health Services
Earle Infirmary
Daily 24 hours
Health Services
  • Counseling services
  • Health education
  • Laboratory services
  • Medical/acute care
  • Pharmacy services
  • Physical therapy center
  • Sports medicine
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • You can simply dial 2111 from any University phone to reach Public Safety immediately.
  • Furman offers a free women's self defense course to students.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 20 responses

  • 45% None
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 10% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Theft/robberies
  • 3% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 19 responses

  • 5% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 5% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 16% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 11% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 37% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 26% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 32% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 21% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 47% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 35% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 65% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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