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4 College Freshman

Academics: So many amazing choices. You also have teachers willing to help guide you through the process.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Furman has a very rigorous academic program. No one department lacks infamy for that. Having a good grade in the class is not impossible, the student just has to be willing to put in the time and effort for the A.

5 College Junior

Academics: Academics are very rigorous! Students have to manage their time well and always be prepared for classes. There are study sessions available as well as tutoring services.

5 College Junior

Academics: Workload is hard but do-able. Ppl transfer because it's too hard-especially sport ppl. Love professors and they care about the students success. Love the study areas and marker boards.

4 College Junior

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

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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 29 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 often do you:    Based on 14 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 14 responses

  • 21% This was my dream school.
  • 71% This was one of my top choices.
  • 7% This was a school I settled for (safety school).
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