Furman University Reviews
I loved my time at Furman. The diversity of students is lacking and does not represent the actual workforce which is a disservice to the students. It can also be intimidating for students of color to go to a school that is predominately white. I believe that Furman is trying to be more inclusive and is wanting to increase diversity. The campus is beautiful, the social life is active , and the professors are brilliant and engaging. I love Furman , I would do another four years in a heart beat.
Furman University exceeds all expectations in terms of its faculty and their quality of teaching. They are innovators both in and outside of the classroom, motivating their students to think outside of their comfort zone and to ask the larger questions in life. Students thereby leave Furman with a greater understanding of life and their purpose within it. The faculty also make a visible effort to establish close connections and mentorships with their students; this is aided by the small class sizes, creating an intimate class environment through which students typically excel greatly. The staff work alongside the faculty to foster an environment of comfort, security, and acceptance. The facilities on campus -- classrooms, technology, study spaces. libraries, gym, dining areas, etc -- are up-to-date and easily accessible; essentially, students can find a place to study both privately and in groups at any time of the day or night, the most popular spots being classrooms themselves. The atmosphere of Furman is one of beauty; the lake and the surrounding nature engulfs one in a plentitude of allergies but also an appreciation for the natural beauty both of the world and of people. Furman, being one of the most rigorous schools in the country, thereby offers many outlets through which Furman students can destress and enjoy their collegiate experience, i.e. by walking around the lake. However, the student body lacks in diversity, creating a stifling atmosphere for students who go beyond traditional conventions of belief, dress, thought, gender, etc. Thankfully, the faculty members actively try to counteract the lack of diversity by encouraging diversity of the mind and fostering a culture of openness. The living facilities are quite nice, especially in comparison to the antiquated facilities found at many universities, and they are currently being renovated. There are some departments/majors which require an excess of time (i.e. music and sciences) and may limit students opportunities to become involved in other areas of Furman's campus. However, the plenitude of opportunities offered by both faculty and student run groups makes it nearly impossible to be uninvolved in something outside of one's primary focus. Sadly, there are no dining facilities (or coffee shops) which remain open through the night, but there are places near Furman, particularly in downtown Greenville which is on a brief drive away, that are open late and very accepting of students. The financial aid department is extremely helpful in working with students to receive more aid if needed, making the cost of Furman affordable for many students who otherwise would be unable to attend. In all honesty, Furman University is an excellently geographically placed school which is and should be renowned both for the intellect of its faculty and staff and also its students. It is the ideal place to grow both academically and personally and is a wonderful stepping stone to further education.
Furman University was all I could ask for and more in a college. The academics were rigorous, but rewarding. The professors are very knowledgable and always invested in their students. Furman provides a great environment for learning and growing as a person. I would highly recommend this university to everyone.
Furman University has a beautiful campus on which to study. Students are asked to think critically and to step outside of their comfort zone. The academics of Furman University are very rigorous, but the small class sizes allow for one on one instruction and after class meetings with the professor. When you are not studying, Furman offers a variety of sports and events to which you may attend. These activities include sporting events, movie showings, and concerts. Many students may see the price of Furman and be discouraged from applying. However, the financial aid and scholarships at Furman provide a significant amount of funding for a majority of students on campus.
Furman was one of the best things to happen in my life. I met my best friends. I gained invaluable experience in research and real-life job settings. I had amazing professors who taught me so much more than subject material. I learned how to be humble and think about the world in which I live. I learned to really think about my values and how I can apply them in my everyday life. The opportunities at Furman are abundant but it will be up to you to you to seek and pursue them.
Furman provided many opportunities to expand my thinking, such as study abroad and service learning.
The Furman University Music Department provides excellent training for graduate work in music. This training, combined with the many opportunities to take courses outside of the department--opportunities not available at larger schools of music--makes Furman an ideal place to pursue both serious music study and the liberal arts.
This was a stellar education where teachers actually love teaching. The work is challenging, but the majority of the students are hard -working and strive t9 excel. The political and cultural climate can be narrow, but I believe that is improving every year. And a beautiful campus!
I loved and love Furman. I met my wife and so many friends that I'm certain I'll know for the rest of my life at Furman. It is truly hard for me to imagine what my life would look like if I had gone to another school. That said, it's not to say Furman is for everyone. It is a small school and if you're someone who is very sensitive to that then it is likely to not be a great fit. You'll almost certainly live on campus for the entire time you're a student there, which I found as a positive but some people feel is restricting. My best friend, who I met on my freshman hall at Furman, is fond of saying "Furman doesn't work for everyone but if it works for you, it really works" and I think that is apt.
Furman gave me a wonderful experience that I know I couldn't have had at any other school. From the first week of Orientation freshman year, I knew I was going to love it - I was so sad to leave after graduation. So many of the professors are at the top of their respective research fields, so it was a unique and invaluable experience to be able to form relationships with them and learn from them. Furman is like a big family, where professors and staff truly care about the students' well-being. I learned so much within my field of study and outside of it; most of all, I learned a lot about myself. The course work is certainly difficult but always rewarding. I feel confident that I can communicate intelligently about any field of study, because all Furman students take at least one class in many disciplines. I will forever recommend Furman to any prospective student who is ready to face the challenge and reap the rewards of being a Furman alumni for life.