Founded in 1826, Furman is the oldest private university in South Carolina. The school is named for Richard Furman, a clergyman considered the most important Baptist leader before the Civil War. Furman was pastor of the First Baptist Church in Charleston, S.C., and became the first president of the Triennial Convention, the first national body of Baptists in America.
The primary mission of Furman as a liberal arts institution is to provide a distinctive undergraduate education encompassing humanities, fine arts, social sciences, mathematics and the natural sciences, and selected professional disciplines. In addition to its primary emphasis on undergraduate education, Furman offers graduate programs in education and chemistry.
The Office of Institutional Assessment and Research provides management information, assessment support, and policy analysis for the Furman community and provides coordination for the University assessment process.
The Malone Center for Career Engagement seeks to equip students with the information and tools needed to make well-informed career decisions. We can help you:
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The Student Employment Office (SEO) provides assistance to both students and employers in meeting their employment needs. SEO provides free job postings of on campus employment, assists students in completing their employment paperwork and provides satellite payroll services for students.
If you're a first-year student, you'll be paired with a roommate in one of seven freshman residence halls. Our detailed questionnaire helps us match you with someone who has similar interests, a process that has proved very successful. Not knowing your roommate may seem intimidating at first, but it's a great way to meet new friends and get involved in new activities. Though you'll have the option to choose your roommate as a sophomore, many students end up keeping their same roommate from the beginning to the end of their academic careers.
The centerpiece of the library system is the James B. Duke Library, which houses more than 600,000 volumes. Take advantage of our Special Collections to find unique historical documents, photographs and artifacts or browse for digital versions of some of these resources through the Digital Collections Center.
The IT Service Center is your first point of contact for all Furman information technology services. It's where you can report a problem, or request a service. The Service Center will either help you directly, or connect you with an ITS staffer who can.
Our health services program is considered one of the best in a college setting. If our qualified staff can't provide the care you need, they can refer you to a medical facility in Greenville.
We have 12 residence halls, ranging from four-person suites to traditional dormitories. Some of our residence halls are coed, but men and women live on different floors with separate bath facilities.
With 20 NCAA Division I teams and dozens of club and intramural squads, it's easy to find a game on our campus—even if you just want to sit in the stands and root for the home team. Our varsity and club teams have won national championships, and students earn serious campus bragging rights through our competitive intramural leagues. In fact, about two-thirds of our students participate in intramural or club sports, making our recreational sports program one of the most active in the nation.
If you'd prefer to work up a sweat without joining a team, you can stay in shape at the Herman W. Lay Physical Activities Center. It's always packed with students taking advantage of our first-rate workout space.
Whether you're interested in shaping Furman's student government or putting your ideals to work in the community, it's easy to find classmates who share your interests and passion. Furman has more than 150 student organizations - and counting. Join a rock band. Debate your peers in a mock trial. Or discuss the global issues that are important to you. Whatever draws your interest, you'll find a group of students you can connect with.