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Get the facts about Furman University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Furman University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Furman University was awarded 44 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is communication and media studies.

Overall Quality

Furman landed the #123 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Furman held the #143 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 34 colleges in South Carolina, Furman is ranked at #1.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Furman?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Furman University is a competitive 61%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

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 )
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SAT Math Scores for Furman University  ( 590 to 690 )
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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

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Furman it is much better at 10 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much 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
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Retention and Graduation Rates at Furman University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Furman University has a freshmen retention rate of 93%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  93 out of 100
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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 79%, which is better than 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 2,734 undergraduates at Furman with 2,658 being full-time and 76 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

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 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?

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. That's great news for Furman students since it is 29% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.

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Location of Furman University

Furman University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Greenville, South Carolina. The suburban atmosphere of Greenville makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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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
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 46 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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