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Furman University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Furman University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Furman University Ranked?

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2021 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 43 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is communication and media studies.

Overall Quality

Furman is ranked #123 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Furman is also ranked #1 out of 34 schools in South Carolina.

See all of the rankings for Furman University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Furman?

Acceptance Rate

Furman University has an acceptance rate of 61%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Furman.

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 600 and 690. Math scores were between 590 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Furman University  ( 600 to 690 )

SAT Math Scores for Furman University  ( 590 to 690 )
Furman received ACT scores from 53% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for Furman University  ( 26 to 31 )

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Furman University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Furman, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 10 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

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 80%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  80 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Furman University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 93% 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  93 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Furman the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 79%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  79 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at Furman

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,768 undergraduates at Furman with 2,665 being full-time and 103 being part-time.

Furman Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for Furman is 83.83 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  83.83 out of 100
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How Much Does Furman University Cost?

The overall average net price of Furman is $27,487. 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 +
$11,788 $20,291 $21,798 $27,486 $36,078

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Furman, approximately 37% of students took out student loans averaging $7,237 a year. That adds up to $28,948 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Furman is 2.7%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Furman with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $51,200 in their early years. 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

Furman University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Greenville, South Carolina. Furman is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Location of Furman University

Contact details for Furman are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC 29613-6162
Phone: 864-294-2000

Furman University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 45 majors graduated from Furman University. Of these students, 732 received undergraduate degrees and 80 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
Business Administration & Management 79 $44,100
Communication & Media Studies 65 $37,400
Political Science & Government 60 $34,100
Other Health Professions 49 NA
General Psychology 40 NA
General Biology 37 NA
Music 30 $18,700
Religious Studies 25 NA
Economics 24 NA
Romance Languages 24 NA

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

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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.


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