Excellent study abroad program. Great teachers in small class rooms. Very friendly environment.Downers
Everyone knows everyone else (which can create a weird dating culture).Comments
Greek Life is good, but you don't have to be in one to do Student Government or be a leader on campus.Would You Recommend
The class sizes are small. The classes are rigorous and thought provoking. Most classes are demanding, but with dedication and hard work you can do well. In my experience, all the professors have been very open to meet with students and discuss problems or topics that are difficult to understand. The professors care about their students greatly and want them to do well here at Furman. Depending on the classes you take will change the amount of work you receive (i.e. a reading-based class will take a bit more time than others). Every student is required to take core classes (such as mathematics and reasoning, ultimate questions, etc.) and two first year seminars (a writing and nonwriting one).Quality of Life
The quality of life at school is overall pretty good. The residence halls are nice for college housing (I have only lived in Townes hall so I can't speak for everywhere). The campus is BEAUTIFUL and the facilities provided to the students are great.Admissions
The application process is pretty standard. Common Application and a Personal Statement are required.Level
Because we are a liberal arts university there are quite a few general education requirements or GERs that you must obtain along with the credits for your major requirements. These GERs include: 1 math; 2 sciences with at least one lab; philosophy; religion; health science; art, theatre, or music; psychology, sociology, or political science; freshmen english seminars; and history. The requirements for each major differ.
Your academic advisor is open and willing to assist you in any way you need, whether deciding what career path you wish to take, trying to make a plan for your classes over your four years, or to talk. They are as helpful as you personally need them to be. There is also the option of changing your advisor if you believe they are not helping you in a manner you deem best for you.
When in GER classes, the class size may have a maximum of 30 people. As you narrow your focus into your major classes, however, the class average decreases to about 15 students per class. This makes it easier for professors to get to know each student individually and therefore better understand the strengths and weaknesses of each student accordingly. The smaller class sizes also opens up the opportunity to contact professors if you are in need of assistance in or outside of the classroom. The grading done by professors is, naturally, at the discretion of the professor so it can change according to your class. The workload, no matter the class, is quite heavy, but once you figure out the best method of completing your work, then the workload is not deathly, just horrible.
For those students who are interested in research opportunities, there are plenty offered within each department and even in the community. They are advertised via our e-mail system and through the career services office. While classes and research opportunities are competitive, you will find that it changes also depending on the interest of the group of students applying for these opportunities.
Study abroad is highly recommended and a large number of students participate in the program. One of the great things about study abroad is that your tuition travels with you so that the only extra money required is that needed for some additional food items and souvenirs. Study away is also highly encouraged such as the internship program many students (especially political science majors) participate in throughout Washington D.C. If going abroad or away is not feasible during a fully semester because of your class schedules, there is also the opportunity to participate during the May Experience period.Quality of Life
While the cost of living is slightly high, when considering the safety of the campus, it is worth the cost. It is a friendly environment, not only for students, but also for community members who are always on campus exercising, having picnics, or attending events sponsored by the university. The campus is small enough so that walking or biking around campus is not a hassle, but large enough so that you do not necessarily know everyone on campus, but can speak to someone you don't know without feeling awkward.
The hours of operations of dining on campus, on the weekends specifically, could use some changing, but since my attendance at the school over the past four years, the dining in the dining hall especially has improved.Admissions
Admissions for Furman uses the Common Application so that applying to the school is made easier if you are also applying to other schools using this form. There are essay questions outside of the Common Application which allow prospective students to let the admissions counselors to get to know their personality.
Most students who apply for early decision know that they want to attend the school for sure or would like to know the financial aid they could receive from the school so they can better make the decision of what kinds and how many scholarships they need to apply for also. The school does offer many opportunities for various scholarships, from a full ride to the school, to substantially sized scholarships which cover the cost of part of a student's tuition for four years.Level
Academics are definitely rigorous and demanding, however, given the time and effort professors put into their students it is fair that the same effort be expected of the students.Admissions
The Admission process to Furman looks more deeply at intangible qualities about an applicant - beyond the test scores and GPA of the student. The university demands a caliber of students that is dedicated to his or her education but also has a wider perspective on education.Level
I am very close with my professors, wich can be a double edged sword as you are expected to do your best. It is a liberal arts college so you take about half gen ed requirements.Quality of Life
You have to live on campus, but campus is gorgeous. It could be more social. everyone studies all the time.Admissions
Essays, Common App, early action is availableLevel
A broad range of general requirements, very small classes, professors are amazing so far, tough, but you learn a lotQuality of Life
Housing is about average Id say, the area and especially the campus are very safe, food isnt great thoughAdmissions
Regular decision, pretty straight forward application, didnt use the common appLevel
There are core requirements that encompass a variety of disciplines. Students must declare their major by the end of their sophomore year. There are many study abroad options available.Quality of Life
I like the library. It is centrally located, and has a room for all-night study. There is a gym open for use by all students.Admissions
there are some basic essays they ask you to do. Describe your hero and that sort of thing. They are very generous with need based financial aid.Level
Required to take general education classes plus your major classes. You get an academic advisor all four years and you get to pick your advisor after you declare your major. Class size average is around 24 students. Professors are very easy to get a hold of and to talk with. Furman is great about getting students involved in an internship, research, or study away program. Classes are difficult but doable.Quality of Life
General application, essay question, choices of early decision, early action, or regular decisionLevel