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Furman University Data & Information Overview

128 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
65% Acceptance Rate
Find out more about how Furman University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you’ll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Furman University Ranked?

#267 Best Colleges in Nation
#4 Best Colleges in SC
Communication & Media Studies Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 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 128 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is communication and media studies.

Overall Quality

Furman is ranked #267 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 44 colleges in South Carolina, Furman is ranked at #4.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Furman?

65% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
41% Submit SAT Scores

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 )

Learn more about Furman University admissions.

Furman University Faculty

9 to 1 Student to Faculty
84% Full Time Teachers

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 84%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  84 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Furman University

81% Freshmen Retention
74% On-Time Graduation Rate

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

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Furman University.

Furman University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,294 Full-Time Undergraduates
19.5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
61.6% Percent Women

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?

$32,563 Net Price
28% Take Out Loans
$39,224 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Furman is $32,563. 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 +
$21,200 $21,920 $22,076 $30,262 $41,195

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 2.2%. 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?

$58,343 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Furman make around $58,343 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Furman graduates since it is 37% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Furman University make the most money.

Location of Furman University

South Carolina State
2,294 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
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

Furman University Majors

45 Majors With Completions
780 Undergraduate Degrees
62 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 45 majors graduated from Furman University. Of these students, 780 received undergraduate degrees and 62 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
Political Science & Government 82 $36,108
Communication & Media Studies 69 $36,227
Other Health Professions 64 $23,613
Business Administration & Management 60 $47,571
General Psychology 46 $24,821
Economics 37 NA
Romance Languages 37 NA
General Biology 33 $14,357
Sustainability Science 28 NA
Area Studies 27 NA

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

Online Learning at Furman

1% Take At Least One Class Online

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.


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