Facts and Figures Furman University

What makes Furman University one of the nation's premier undergraduate liberal arts colleges? We believe it's our academics. Our top-notch faculty are committed to teaching students how to think critically, how to evaluate and create, and how to see things from multiple perspectives. Because of these principles, our students graduate broadly-educated and well-rounded, prepared for leadership, and eager to take on the challenges of a complex world. Sure, we're a little biased. But consider the facts:

  • 65 percent of our graduates are working in some business-related field, including marketing, accounting, finance and public relations.
  • Furman ranked 87th among 1,500 schools in the percentage of graduates earning doctorates in the period from 2004 to 2014.
  • 100 percent of our faculty have the highest degree in their field.

Frankly, it's no wonder why we're ranked the top liberal arts university in South Carolina by U.S. News & World Report.


Furman University is accredited to award bachelor's, master's and education specialist degrees by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Furman is a member of the Southern Conference,  Association of American Colleges and Universities, Associated Colleges of the South, Council of Independent Colleges, American Conference of Academic Deans, Annapolis Group, and Higher Education Data Sharing. The chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society. The program in music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The Teacher Education Program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Furman is also a member of the Associated Colleges of the South. This consortium of 16 distinguished liberal arts colleges and universities seeks to strengthen the academic programs of its member institutions. The consortium provides a variety of grants and resources for faculty, students, and institutional programs.


Enrollment: 2674 undergraduates
Male/Female ratio: 41 percent / 59 percent
Students from South Carolina: 28.3 percent
African-American students: 6.0 percent
Asian students: 2.0 percent
Hispanic students: 5.4 percent
Multiracial or other (not including international): 2.6 percent
Number of states represented: 42
Number of countries represented: 27


Faculty: 254 faculty
Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
Average class size: 16
Areas of study: 46
Graduate in four years: 78 percent
Graduate in five years: 83 percent
Retention rate: 93 percent
Placement rate: 96 percent
Study away participation: 52 percent
Internship or research participation: Over 75 percent

Student activities

Organizations: 165
Academic organizations: 23
Religious organizations: 23
Media organizations: 5
Organizations for the arts: 17
Community/Political organizations: 31
Fraternities: 6
Sororities: 8
Diversity and Inclusion Organizations: 7
Athletic Organizations: 11


NCAA Division I teams: 20
Intramural sports: 7
Club sports: 19

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