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Furman University Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 136 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 2 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

59% Women
41% Men


NCAA Division I-AA

Southern Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $98,524)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $65,602)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 27 28 Yes -
Baseball 43 - Yes -
Basketball 16 27 - Yes
Football 91 - - Yes
Golf 10 7 Yes -
Soccer 27 21 Yes Yes
Softball - 16 - Yes
Tennis 21 10 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 13 Yes Yes
Bowling - - - Yes
Court Sports - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Swimming and Diving - - Yes -
Weight Lifting - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2.0%
Black/non-Hispanic 6.8%
Hispanic 1.5%
Non-resident alien 1.8%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 12.3%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 75.5%
Percent of students with disability 6%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 19 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 1
Liquor Law Violation 1
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 1
Property Crime 16

Notable Alumni

  • Beth Daniel (Class of '78), Professional golfer in the LPGA Tour
  • Brad Faxon (Class of '83), Professional golfer in the PGA Tour
  • Charles Hard Townes (Class of '35), Inventor of the laser and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Dick Riley (Class of '54), Former Secretary of Education
  • Dottie Pepper (Class of '87), Professional golfer in the LPGA Tour
  • Keith Lockhart (Class of '81), Conductor of the Boston Pops
  • Herman W. Lay (Class of '30), Co-founder of Frito-Lay, former CEO of PepsiCo
Reviews Dorm Life
  • D. Cody from South Carolina
  • 4
  • the dorms are pretty decent in size when compared to other campuses. the activity level in the hall can vary greatly, though. my hall has closed doors most of the…

  • Feb-06-2012 Read More
  • Student from Chicago
  • 3
  • Dorms are a good size. Make sure that you live in South Housing rather than Lakeside. South Housing is where all the fun happens. …

  • May-05-2014 Read More
  • UniqueBoy
  • 2
  • This is a catch 22 because although the dorms are nice, the lottery system can really mess people up by aligning them with roommates they may not particularly like and…

  • Jun-03-2012 Read More
  • Anonymous
  • 4
  • If you like your space but are ok with having a roommate, Lakeside dorms are a great option. The freshmen dorms there are very spacious and there is a kitchen…

  • Jun-11-2013 Read More
  • Anonymous
  • 5
  • The dorms are great! The rooms are really big and clean and fully furnished with desks couches etc. The dorms themselves are always quiet, even on the weekends because the…

  • Oct-26-2013 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 1
  • Student from Chicago
  • May-05-2014 I am a current student here

    Absolutely awful. The Furman dining hall just does not try. Make sure that you are not fooled if you visit the school. On accepted student days, Furman buffs up their dining hall and makes the food pretty good, but once the accepted students leave, it goes back to the normal gross food.

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  • 4
  • Anonymous
  • Oct-26-2013 I am a current student here

    The food is not so bad, and there is always something to eat. If you are concerned with gaining weight at school, don't go near the cookie station. The chocolate chip cookies are to die for.

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  • 3
  • Anonymous
  • Jun-11-2013 I am a current student here

    The dining hall (DH) tries to change things up every now and then by having themed dinners. However, the day to day burgers, pizza, and variations of pasta and salad gets old after a while. There is also the PDen which has fast food and to-go options when you're looking to save time. In addition, there is a Starbucks in the bookstore (but it doesn't take meal points) and an Einsteins Bagels which is open late.

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  • 3
  • Elizabeth from Chicago, IL
  • May-31-2013 I am a current student here

    The dining hall on Furman's campus is pretty good. There are many options for different kind of eaters. The Paladen is good and is getting revamped this summer.

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  • 3
  • FUstudent from Florida
  • May-05-2013 I am a current student here

    They have a dining hall and Paladin cafe. At first glance the DH is your new favorite buffet: yeah that feeling goes away quickly. Its your average Dining Hall - no one is boasting about it. The cafe is pretty good and most students like it. There are great restaurants right next to campus and downtown is barely 15 minutes away.

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  • 3
  • Emanuel from Middletown, OH
  • Apr-04-2013 I am a current student here

    The Dinning Hall (DH) have very bland food that sometimes make me sick so I try to not eat there as much as possible. The secrete is to use your campus cash (Paladin Points) at the Furman Golf Club clubhouse. There, they have great burgers and club sandwiches and even boneless wings!

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  • 3
  • Hannah from Marietta, GA
  • Jan-26-2013 I am a current student here

    The dining hall is an average college cafeteria. Some days the food is really good, other days not so much. There is a wide variety of food options, so everyone can usually find something they like. However, if the DH becomes too dull, there is always the Paladen Food Court and Einstein's Bagels on campus.

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  • 4
  • Mikaela
  • Jan-16-2013 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    One word.. YUM.

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  • 4
  • Perry from Mauldin, SC
  • Dec-29-2012 I am a current student here

    Food is ok in the dining hall (DH). The best place to go (though it's expensive) is the PalaDen (PDen) food court. The DH is the place that has some type of food for everyone. Whether you can (or like) to eat everything or you're on some dietary restriction there is usually something in the dining hall for you.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Student from Chicago
  • May-05-2014 I am a current student here

    There are 6 fraternities on campus and 6 sororities. Furman will be adding a new sorority in 2015 as well. 50% of students on campus are in fraternities. 60% girls, 40% guys. Greek life is starting to go down hill. Unfortunately, Jason Cassidy is trying to ruin greek life on campus. New rules and restrictions prevent fraternities from basically having parties in general. Jason Cassidy is out to get greeks and he won't quit until we're all off campus. If you want to join a fraternity, save yourself and don't come here.

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  • 0
  • Anonymous
  • Jun-11-2013 I am a current student here

    If you're into trying it, it's great. You get to meet so many new people while giving back to the community through philanthropy events and having a blast at the functions. If going Greek isn't your style, however, there are plenty of people who aren't Greek. I have both Greek and non-Greek friends.

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  • 0
  • FUstudent from Florida
  • May-05-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek life is basically your social life at Furman. Well, I mean, there are the sports groups and band groups and art groups that do their own thing and love it. However, expect Greeks to dominate the social aspect of Furman. They highly encourage you to rush, and for about 90% of students (including me!) it's totally worth it. Which explains why its still so popular. Furman has some of the best fraternities and sororities that exist in the nation, and you'll never be bored once you join. That being said, don't expect a lot of crazy activities or huge parties on the weekends if you plan to avoid Greek life.

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  • 0
  • Hannah from Marietta, GA
  • Jan-26-2013 I am a current student here

    About one third of campus goes greek here, but there is no pressure to do so. There are enough non-greeks for people to not feel left out. Rush happens at the beginning of spring semester each year. It is time consuming, but well worth it all if you get accepted into a sorority or a fraternity.

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  • 0
  • Perry from Mauldin, SC
  • Dec-29-2012 I am a current student here

    There are a lot of Greek sororities and fraternities on campus. I don't know a lot about them since I'm not planning to join a sorority.

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  • 0
  • Erin from Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Jul-26-2012 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    A great thing about Greek Life at Furman is you do not have to rush until January- giving students plenty of time to decide on which sorority they will consider or become a part of!

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  • 0
  • UniqueBoy
  • Jun-03-2012 I am a current student here

    They're so annoying. There's so many of them and they take their rules very seriously. Girls don't hang out with other girls and guys fight over these things. If that's your thing, then this school is good for that but it's not particularly mine.

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  • 0
  • Rebecca from Dillsboro, NC
  • May-21-2012 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Like I said, there are greeks, but- they aren't the typical stereotypes. Everyone gets along with everyone else. Furman is already a small school (at 3,000 students) but getting to know a smaller group of people is great also. An interesting part to Furman is when the greeks rush. Furman makes sure students are ready and situated in being alone from home. They rush in the spring instead of fall. It really is a great benefit (people are able to see all of Furman's greeks compete during homecoming).

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  • 0
  • D. Cody from South Carolina
  • Feb-06-2012 I am a current student here

    greek life is big, especial for guys, but not a necessity. it provides a great opportunity for networking but if you are not involved, it will not close any doors.

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