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4 College Junior

Academics: The music department is great, and I know that my professors will always support me.

4 College Junior

Academics: My experience has been that classes are as easy or as challenging as you make them. I never to assigned reading, but I pay attention in class and take notes, then I review my notes a little before midterms and finals, and I got a 4.0 this semester.

5 College Junior

Academics: The music professors are fantastic, and they will do everything they can to help you make connections, get into grad school, and get jobs upon graduation. Some of my closest friends will be my professors.

4 College Junior

Academics: My experience has been that most classes can be as easy or difficult as you make them. I almost never do assigned reading, but I pay attention and take notes every day, and I briefly review my notes before tests, and I got a 4.0 this semester.

4 College Senior

Academics: I really enjoy the psychology department. It's somewhat intensive, but easy to fit into schedules as long as you plan (certain classes are only offered once a year). There are internships for course credit, and faculty are happy to give you experience in their lab (volunteer, class credit, or paid over the summer if you qualify). All the faculty I know really enjoy working with students. The only negative I see is that some of the faculty don't seem to be as integrated into the department, I believe due to some drama several years ago.

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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
  • Post-master's certificate
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)
  • Weekend/evening college
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 17 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 19 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.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 35% Herman W. Lay - co-founder, Frito-Lay
  • 24% Charles Hard Townes - inventor of the laser
  • 12% Keith Lockhart - conductor of the Boston Pops
  • 12% Dick Riley - former secretary of education
  • 6% Beth Daniel - professional golfer in the LPGA Tour
  • 6% Brad Faxon - professional golfer in the PGA Tour
  • 6% Dottie Pepper - professional golfer, LPGA Tour
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