Furman University

Furman University is a private institution that was founded in1826.Ithas a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,825,its setting is suburban,and the campus size is 800 acres.It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar.Furman University’s ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Collegesis National Liberal Arts Colleges,49.Its tuition and fees are $41,532 (2012-13).

Furman University, a picturesque campus with its own lake, is located in Greenville, S.C., a city of 40,000 residents. The campus is 5 miles away from downtown Greenville, and has its own stop on the local bus route. Students can ride the Greenville Transit Authority buses for $1.25 a way, or can hop on the university shuttle on nights and weekends. In Greenville, students can check out more than 600 restaurants and eateries, and five shopping districts. On campus, there are more than 150 clubs and organizations, and all students must take advantage of campus events through the Cultural Life Program: Before graduation, a student must attend at least 36 school events. All students must live on campus, too, unless they commute from a parent’s home or are married. There are nearly 20 Greek organizations at Furman. The Furman Paladins compete in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference. Every Saturday night, students can showcase their creative skills or cheer on their peers’ at MAINSTAGE, a weekly talent show.

Outside of class, students can grow through programs at the on-campus Shucker Leadership Institute. Through a series of stages—Explore, Engage, and Emerge—Furman students learn how to be effective community leaders. Eventually, Shucker Fellows put their leadership skills to work by serving on a local nonprofit organization’s board of directors and can take a five-day Outward Bound trip through the surrounding wilderness. Notable Furman graduates include Richard Riley, former U.S. Secretary of Education; John Broadus Watson, widely known as the “father of behavioral psychology;” and Charles Townes, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist.

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