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4 College Junior

Local Area: I love Greenville! If I could find a job in the county, I would definitely stay here after graduation.

4 College Senior

Local Area: While Greenville isn't a big city, there seems to be at least one resource for every interest. The zoo is small but cute, Falls Park downtown is a popular place to go in nice weather, and people seem to love Furman students.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Greenville is a lovely little town. It has charm, lots of restaurants, but people complain about lack of nightlife. There are lots of art and cultural events and it's really beautiful and green.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: If you go down town to Greenville, the food options are great. Most are average priced for normal people, but for college students it can be kind of pricey. Greenville is in no way shape or form a college town, so don't expect lots of college bars or die hard Furman fans in Greenville.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Love Greenville! Great mid-size city.


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For a city of its size, Greenville has much to offer. There is an array of restaurants and interesting cultural activities. The city is also on the national tour of many Broadway shows and has several excellent music venues. Although Greenville does not have a college-town atmosphere, students don't really seem to mind. The friendly Southern tone makes the town an inviting place to live. Of course, with Southern hospitality comes Southern conservatism. While this is a draw for some students, others find it hard to digest the Bible-belt mentality. But Greenville residents are not all Bible-thumping conservatives. The city has a wide variety of cultural and ideological diversity.

Coming from a major city to Greenville may be a bit of a shock, but students soon discover that there is much more than first meets the eye. The biggest downside to Greenville is that it is so spread out. However, downtown is the center of cultural activity. There are theaters, museums, galleries, upscale restaurants, and retail shops. Although many students find it difficult to venture out of the Furman bubble during their freshman year, as soon as they immerse themselves in the downtown atmosphere, they will wish they had done it sooner.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Downtown Greenville earned a 2003 Great American Main Street Award for its revitalized downtown district.
  2. There are nine life-size bronze mice located throughout downtown. You'll have to walk through downtown with your eyes on the ground in order to spot them all.
  3. Old Spice named Greenville the second sweatiest city in America in its top "100 Sweatiest Cities" list.
  4. Greenville has an unusually large number of cultural activities for its size. The Peace Center downtown hosts national tours of Broadway shows that ordinarily only come to cities several times larger.
  5. Paris Mountain, located just outside of Furman's campus, got its name from a mistranslation of the name 'Pearis.' Richard Pearis was the first white man to enter the area, which was then part of the Cherokee nation, in 1765.
Notable Natives
  • Jesse Jackson
  • "Shoeless" Joe Jackson
  • Edwin McCain
  • Frank Selvy
  • Aaron Tippin
  • Josh White
  • Joanne Woodward
Local Slang
  • ATL: Short for Atlanta
  • G-Vegas: Nickname for Greenville
  • TR: Short for Travelers Rest, the town just north of campus
Points of Interest
  • Bi-Lo Center
  • BMW Zentrum
  • Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery
  • Caesar's Head Overlook
  • Falls Park on the Reedy
  • Greenville County Museum of Art
  • Main Street
  • Paris Mountain State Park
  • The Peace Center for Performing Arts
Shopping Centers
  • Cherrydale Point
  • Greenville Mall
  • Haywood Mall
Movie Theaters
Cherrydale 16
3221 N. Pleasantburg Dr.
(864) 370-9166
Movie Theaters
Regal Hollywood 20
1025 Woodruff Rd.
(800) 326-3264
Major Sports Teams
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Asheville: NC: 1 hour
  • Atlanta: GA: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Charleston: SC: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Charlotte: NC: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 21 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 21 responses

  • 5% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 48% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 29% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 14% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 5% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 21 responses

  • 24% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 71% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 5% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 20 responses

  • 25% Totally.
  • 60% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 15% No way.
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