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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are not a big part of the overall Furman experience, but everyone definitely attends at least a few football games and then other sporting events every year.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Not heavily supported by student body

2 College Freshman

Athletics: I think people should ay more attention to the vARISTY SPORTS. I feel like people attend tailgates of things for the social aspect and then don't even go to the games.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Very cool to attend games! Furman cares a lot about their athletic programs.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Our school spirit could probably be better but honestly people don't come here for the athletics, they come for the academics. I think it is interesting to note how fit our general population is though.

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Furman athletics are not nearly as big as they are at many larger institutions. However, Furman does have several very strong teams. Football gets the most attention on campus and has the best turnout, but the soccer and golf teams are also very competitive. Intramural and club sports have a strong presence on campus with a high level of participation. There seems to be something for all students, whether they are serious about their sport or they are trying it out for the first time.

Students actually seem to get more excited and competitive about their intramural team than varsity sports. Besides football, the majority of students don't attend Furman athletic events. The athletic department is constantly trying to increase student attendance, and students who do go usually end up getting hooked. Furman's teams are great for such a small school; they just need more student support.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southern Conference
Basketball: Southern Conference
School Colors
Purple and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
226 - 21%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
108 - 7%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 77
Basketball: 27
Baseball: 32
Cross Country/Track: 26
Other Sports: 94
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 89%
Basketball: 80%
Baseball: 75%
Cross Country/Track: 33%
Other Sports: 74%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Baseball
  • Boxing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Powerlifting
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Triathalon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Football
  • Sand volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Belk Complex for Track & Field
  • Furman Golf Course
  • Herman W. Lay Physical Activities Center
  • Mickel Tennis Center
  • Sports Medicine Center
  • Strength & Conditioning Center
  • Timmons Arena
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, football, and soccer are the major sporting events on campus. Students attend the games as social events and follow the teams with some regularity.
Most Overlooked Teams
Sports such as volleyball, track and field and tennis often do very well each season but do not gather the hype of the more popular sports such as football and soccer.
School Spirit
While Furman students may not have as much school spirit as students at other schools, most are still full of Furman pride. Most sporting events have low turn-outs, but the football games are the place to be on fall weekends. The fraternity and sorority members usually dress up, and others proudly wear their purple and white. However, we are not the most dedicated fans, as the student section has often emptied by the fourth quarter. But with an acronym like FU, it's not difficult to have school spirit. Students can't wait for the cheerleaders to lead them in their favorite school cheer: "FU one time! FU two times! . . ." Well, you get the idea.
Getting Tickets
All sporting events are free with a Furman ID; otherwise, call (864) 294-3099.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Around the lake

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 40 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 12% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 70% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 15% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 39 responses

  • 36% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 21% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 44% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 38 responses

  • 5% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 63% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 26% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 5% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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