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Furman University


3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC 29613
Enrollment: 2,900

Arguably higher education is as much about a learning environment as it is about faculty excellence, and there is no better example of that than Furman University.

Situated on 750 stunningly beautiful acres in northwest Greenville, the Furman campus includes miles of hiking trails, lakes, S0206314fountains, acres of woodlands and an 18-hole golf course. Serene and somewhat insulated from today’s hustle and bustle, Furman offers its more than 2.900 undergraduates an ideal environment in which to expand their horizons while preparing for their future.

Furman’s Web site will tell you that it was founded in 1826, and is South Carolina’s oldest private university. It moved to its current location in 1953. With roots planted in the Southern Baptist Convention, Furman ended that affiliation in the early 1990s.

Its list of more than 30 majors is what you might expect from a liberal-arts university: Business Administration, English, History, Political Science, Philosophy and so on. There are enough courses in other areas, such as Film Studies, Environmental Studies, Humanities and so forth, to earn a Minor in them.

S0106302Athletics is a big part of campus life. Furman is an NCAA Division 1 school. Nicknamed “Paladins,” Furman varsity teams participate in 20 sports divided evenly between men’s and women’s teams. These include Basketball, Cross Country, Golf and Soccer. Although it’s one of the smallest Division 1 schools, it has racked up 85 regular-season championships and more than 100 tournament championships. In 1988, Furman’s Paladins was the first private-school team to win the NCAA 1-AA national football championship.

Encouraged to live on campus, students have a wide range of housing choices. Furman’s 12 residence halls run the gamut from traditional dormitories to 4-person suites. Although freshmen are paired with a roommate in one of seven freshman residence halls, upper-class students have more choices that might include on-campus, as well as off-campus, apartments.

Furman accepts more than 75 percent of those who apply for admission. Furman estimates the annual cost for a full-time undergraduate student at just over $61,000. This includes room, board, tuition, books and miscellaneous living expenses. Furman does offer tuition payment plans and scholarships.

Within a 15-minute drive to downtown Greenville and 35-minutes from the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, Furman is convenient to everything the Greenville area offers.