Furman University

Furman University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Furman University Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Furman University was awarded 141 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is communication and media studies.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Furman as #176 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Furman is also ranked #1 out of 50 schools in South Carolina.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Furman?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Furman University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 65%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 41% of students accepted to Furman submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 610 and 700. Math scores were between 620 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Furman University  ( 610 to 700 )

SAT Math Scores for Furman University  ( 620 to 700 )
Furman received ACT scores from 42% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 29 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for Furman University  ( 29 to 32 )

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Furman University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Furman is an impressive 9 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Furman University is 81%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  81 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Furman University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 81% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Furman University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  81 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Furman for first-time, full-time students is 74%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  74 out of 100

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Furman University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,345 undergraduates at Furman with 2,294 being full-time and 51 being part-time.

How Much Does Furman University Cost?

The overall average net price of Furman is $30,861. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Furman

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$20,400 $21,335 $22,225 $30,872 $40,315

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Furman, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Furman, approximately 28% of students took out student loans averaging $9,806 a year. That adds up to $39,224 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Furman is 2.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Furman Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Furman make around $51,200 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Furman graduates since it is 29% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Furman University make the most money.

Location of Furman University

Located in Greenville, South Carolina, Furman University is a private not-for-profit institution. Greenville is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Contact details for Furman are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC 29613-6162
Phone: 864-294-2000
Website: www.furman.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FurmanUniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FurmanU

Furman University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 45 majors graduated from Furman University. Of these students, 836 received undergraduate degrees and 43 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 98 $41,295
Other Health Professions 69 $20,921
Political Science & Government 67 $32,391
Business Administration & Management 56 $49,084
General Psychology 48 NA
Romance Languages 43 $20,140
General Biology 42 NA
Music 34 $21,234
Economics 29 $60,094
General English Literature 28 $16,921

Learn more about the majors offered at Furman University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Furman

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 18 students took at least one online class at Furman University. This is an increase from the 0 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 18 0
2018-2019 0 0
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 0 0
2015-2016 0 0

Learn more about online learning at Furman University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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