Furman University is a private liberal arts school in Greenville, South Carolina. It was founded in 1826, and is considered to be the most competitive of the South Carolina based private Universities. It is the oldest and largest South Carolina institute for higher learning as well. Furman has approximately 2,600 undergraduate students and 525 graduate students attending the school. Most of the student population comes from the Southeastern region of the country, however, over forty states and fifteen other countries are represented in the general demographic, making it a relatively diverse experience in the classroom and on campus. According to the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center, more of these students will continue on to earn PhD’s than graduates from any other private liberal arts school in the South.
Greenville, South Carolina is the third largest city in the state. It’s population is over 60,000 inhabitants, ad the region it is a part of has over one-million people. It is located between Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina. Greenville has many cultural attractions, and is famous for Cross Winds Golf Club, a public course whose holes were each created by a different designer. It is also home to the Greenville County Museum of Art, Bob Jones, University, the Roper Mountain Science Center, Euphoria Greenville, Artisphere and the Indie Craft Parade. There is a lot to experience for students outside of the classroom.
Furman is the recipient of the Duke Endowment, a member of the Associated College of the South, and is ranked number fifteen by Washington Monthly’s “Top U.S. Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings.” This is based on its quality of research as well as a commitment to national service, the problem solving orientation of the classroom, and the engaging learning based academic environment which is hands on and project based. This approach has caused Furman to receive high rankings and praise from The Princeton Review, Peterson’s Competitive Colleges, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, and The College Board College Handbook. The Princeton Review has also noted that Furman is along the top ten most socially conservative schools in the nation.
Furman does not have any distance learning or online courses available at this time. They do offer several academic departments from which students can choose several different major courses of study. Academic Departments are as follows: Art, Asian Studies, Biology, Business and Accounting, Chemisty, Classics, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Studies, Economics, Education, English, Health and Exercise Science, History, Mathematics, Military Science (ROTC), Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, and Theater Arts. Furman also offers undergraduate evening studies, summer sessions, corporate and professional development programs, study abroad, and continuing education.
In-state tuition and fees for Furman University total at $36,656, with an additional approximate $9,000 for room and board. Books and supplies range from $850-$1,110 and the total cost is $46,936. Out of state students pays the same. Financial aid is available in the form of Federal Loans, Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Federal PLUS Loans, Federal Grants, South Carolina Teachers Loan, South Carolina Teachers Loan for Career Changers, the Furman Tuition Payment Plan, and various scholarships.