Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina

Furman was a pleasure to visit with a sprawling, picturesque campus, located on a lake and an 18-hole golf course. The school has a focus on sustainability where there are research opportunities and a sustainable residential living environment present as well. The student body is welcoming, on the more conservative side and they are there to learn through many different venues. The campus is pristine and the facilities current. Greenville is a lovely town/city with a flourishing downtown, plenty or restaurants, shopping and the arts. See below for my comments and attached for my photos.

– Small Liberal Arts University
– 2700 students
– 75% of students participate in research and/or internships
– 89% retention rate
– 750 acre sprawling, beautiful campus
– 40 acre lake and 18 hole golf course
– 72% of the students from outside SC
– 11:1 student to faculty ratio
– Average class size 19, capped at 32
– 100% residential where students live on campus all 4 years
– Furman farm, sustainability research, can do work study and research
– Suite style living on the lake, apartment housing for upper classmen
– Language houses, where students can live in housing with their choice language and be fully immersed
– Undergraduates doing fully involved graduate level research
– Study abroad/Away (Some programs are within the US) – 45% participate
– Shucker Leadership Program – 2 year program
– Hiking and biking trails
– Beautiful downtown, with local shopping, restaurants, the arts
– Recalculate core GPA during admissions process
– Test optional
– Common App
– Recommendations letters are optional, up to 3
– Demonstrated interest considered
– ED 11/1, EA 11/1, RD 1/15, merit-based scholarships 1/15
– FAFSA and CSS Profile
– 4-year graduation rate – 84%
– Pre-health careers, pre-Law
– Conservative, intellectual and down to earth student body
– Chemistry is a very strong major
– Campus facilities are current, pristine, impressive, clean
– 50% participate in Greek life but it is not your typical Greek life environment. Very inclusive of everyone
– ACT/SAT 26/27, 1240, GPA 3.4/3.5
– Looking to continue to grow geographically – Northeast stats have flexibility
– Crossover: Elon, Wofford, Davidson, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest
– Apply to the college in general, not to a specific major
http://www.furman.edu/Pages/default.aspx

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