Congratulations! You have taken the first step toward a four-year experience at one of the United States' highest ranked universities.  We are pleased that you're interested in joining our community of bright, highly-motivated students.

Furman's three application dates let you decide when you would like to make your college decision. Here's a guide to get you through the process.

Early Decision (Binding)* Early Action* Regular Decision
Admission Application Deadline
Nov 1 Nov 1 Jan 15
Admission Decision Notification
Nov 15 Dec 20 Mar 1
Admission Decision Deadline
Jan 5 May 1 May 1

Questions about your application? Contact Candice Chan, Dean of International Admissions at

Required steps

  • Choose an application plan

      At Furman, we treat each applicant as an individual.  To that end, we've tailored three different application processes to meet each student's particular needs.

      Early Decision

      If Furman is your first choice and you are confident that you will attend if admitted, apply Early Decision.  Furman's Early Decision is binding, meaning that if you are admitted, you agree to withdraw your applications from all other institutions and commit to enroll at Furman.

      Early Action

      Early Action allows you to apply and learn about your admission decision early.  With Early Action, you're still free to investigate other schools.

      To be considered for Early Action, you must have all materials submitted by November 15. This means that your application should be submitted by November 1 with all supplementary application materials arriving by November 15. Supplementary materials include your school report, high school transcript, and test scores.

      Regular Decision

      If you want to keep your options open and need the most time to complete admission applications, apply Regular Decision.

  • Complete the Common Application

      All students may complete and submit the Common Application online. There is a $50 application fee.

  • Submit your school report

      Check with your guidance counselor to make sure he or she has completed your School Report. The report tells us about the courses and programs offered by your school. If you are applying Early Action, your school report must be submitted by November 15.

  • Submit your high school transcript

      A strong college preparatory course of study is essential. At minimum, it must include four years of English, algebra I and II, geometry, three years of social studies, at least three years of natural sciences, and two years of the same foreign language. If you are applying Early Action, your high school transcript must be submitted by November 15.

  • Demonstrate English Proficiency

      Minimum scores required:
      TOEFL: 85 (Average 21 in each category)
      IELTS: 6.5 (Overall band score)
      Cambridge English Exam Advanced (CAE): 180 (Overall score)

      Furman’s school code for the TOEFL is 5222

​​Optional steps

  • Participate in an Optional Interview

      As an additional way to demonstrate your English language proficiency, we recommend scheduling an interview with Initial View or Vericant. Please note that the submission of a TOEFL or IELTS is also required. A fee will apply.

  • Submit standardized test scores

      The Admission Committee believes that your potential for success cannot be determined solely by standardized test scores. Therefore, submitting your SAT or ACT scores is optional. If you do decide to submit your test scores and submit multiple test results, the Admission Committee will select the scores that offer you the greatest advantage in the admission review process. Furman's school code for the SAT is 5222, and the code for ACT is 3858. If you do not wish for us to consider your scores, please indicate so on the Common Application.

  • Share your ZeeMee with Us

      In keeping with Furman’s holistic review process, we have partnered with ZeeMee, a free online platform that helps students showcase their true, authentic self through the admission process. If you have a story to tell, we want to see it. After creating a free ZeeMee account at, copy and paste your link into the Common Application – that’s it!

EducationUSA centers around the world can be a wonderful free resource to assist you through the application process to U.S. universities. ​


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