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Furman University

Greenville, SC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate71%
Acceptance Rate71%

Furman University Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Furman University, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is January 15 and the application fee costs $50.

Students who submit their applications to Furman University for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 1.

Furman University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Furman University's admissions stats.

Furman University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 39.5%
Mean SAT Score 1321
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 26%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 29%
Waitlist Yes

Furman University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Furman University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 1
Early Decision II Yes January 6 January 15
Early Action Yes December 1 February 15
Regular Decision Yes January 15 March 1

Considering Applying Early to Furman University?

Furman University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 1.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 6. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before January 15.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is December 1. Furman University will release EA admissions decisions no later than February 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Furman University is 48%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 71%. In 2022, Furman University admitted 92 of the 193 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to boost their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➑️ See a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Furman University Admissions

How To Get Into Furman University

Getting into Furman University is moderately difficult.

In 2021, Furman University accepted 71% of students, around 5,119 of the 7,174 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Furman University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Furman University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Furman University

Furman University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Furman University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Furman University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Furman University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Academic GPA Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Furman University for more information on admission factors.

Furman University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Furman University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Furman University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement √
Transcript of High School Record √

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Furman University?

Students admitted to Furman University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6. Furman University considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 52% submitted a class rank. At Furman University 39.5% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 69% were in the top 25% and 93% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Furman University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 17.97%
3.75 and 3.99 25.35%
3.50 and 3.74 20.89%
3.25 and 3.49 18.28%
3.00 and 3.24 12.14%
2.50 and 2.9 5.23%
2.00 and 2.49 0.15%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Furman University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Furman University considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Furman University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 26% of Furman University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 29% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Furman University?

To be competitive with other Furman University applicants, you should aim to earn between 1260 and 1382 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Furman University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1382 and 25% of scored lower than 1260, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Furman University student is 1321.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Furman University students scored 700 or higher and 75% of students scored 630 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Furman University students scored 700 or higher, and 75% scored a 630 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Furman University?

To be most competitive at Furman University, you should strive to earn between 28 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Furman University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 28 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Furman University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 28.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Furman University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Furman University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is July 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Furman University during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Spring Term

Furman University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Furman University?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Furman University.

Does Furman University accept transfer credits?

βœ… Furman University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Do I have to submit test scores to Furman University?

❌ No, Furman University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Furman University's acceptance rate?

βœ… The acceptance rate for Furman University is 71%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Furman University?

βœ… Furman University's early decision acceptance rate was 48% in 2021.

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Furman University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Furman University? Furman University is a somewhat selective institution. The Furman University acceptance rate is 71%. This means that the institution accepts 71 out of every 100 applicants.


Furman University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Furman University is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Furman University is Jul 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Furman University ACT Scores


ACT Range

28 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above


28 to 32


28 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Furman University is 30. Students with an ACT score of 32 and above have a good chance of getting into Furman University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 28 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 28 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Furman University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1260 - 1382


Math SAT Range

620 - 700


Reading SAT Range

630 - 700

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1382 and Above


1260 to 1382


1260 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Furman University students is 1321. Applicants with SAT scores of 1382 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Furman University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1260 to 1382 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1260 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Furman University.

Furman University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Furman University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.61. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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