We are so excited to meet you during Summer Orientation – the Orientation Team has been working hard to plan an exciting and informative visit for you!
For those of you attending Summer Orientation, you will be receiving an email reminder with some additional information about 10 days prior to your session.
For those of you unable to attend Summer Orientation, we will miss you! Please make sure you have completed this form, indicating that you will not be attending, so that we can have a summer advisor get in touch with you and assist with course registration.
There are a few items that you need to complete prior to attending Summer O. If you have already completed these items, thank you!
You will be meeting with a Summer Advisor during orientation who will help explain Furman’s academic requirements and assist you with the initial course selection process. Your permanent academic advisor will be assigned later in the summer and you will meet with that person when you arrive at Furman in August. If you would like to begin thinking about the courses you might want to take, feel free to look through Furman’s course catalog, but there is no rush to have your schedule completely planned prior to attending orientation as you will be assisted with the course selection process. It is also important to note that not all courses listed in the catalog are offered every semester, or even every year, but reviewing the catalog can assist you as you start to plan your academic path as well as help you prepare in advance for your meeting with a Summer Advisor.
Also, just a friendly reminder that you will need your Furman network credentials (the username and password that allow you to log into MyFurman) during Orientation, so please make sure you know those. If you have a laptop computer or tablet, we encourage you to bring that with you as well.
When you arrive at Furman, there will be members of the Orientation Staff around campus to help guide you. Check-in will take place in the South Housing Residential Area, in front of Geer Hall, from 8:00-9:30am. If you would like print a campus map prior to your arrival, you can find one here.
We will provide bed linens and towels for your overnight stay, but you will need to bring toiletries. There are community bathrooms in the residence halls, so keep that in mind as you pack. Casual attire is appropriate for Summer O – we want you to be comfortable! Sometimes the residence halls can be a bit chilly, so you might want to bring an extra blanket or sweatshirt.
Unfortunately, we are only able to house new Furman students during Summer Orientation, so parents, family members, or other guests accompanying you will need to make accommodations at a local hotel. (For a list of hotels in the area, click here.) Again, casual attire is encouraged.
Please let me know if you have any questions as you prepare for Summer O! Remember, the New Students Website has many helpful tips and information to assist you, including copies of the New Student and Parent & Family orientation schedules.
If you have not already done so, it is time to get your medical and immunization history to us! Log into the Furman Patient Portal using your Furman username and password. Please follow the detailed instructions for required immunizations, health history forms, and insurance information.
The due date to complete this information is July 8. If you need assistance, please visit the Student Health Services website or contact them at 864-294-2180.
We hope that your long Memorial Day weekend was filled with fun, sun, family, and friends! Now, as we look toward the rest of the summer and your eventual arrival on campus, we want you to take note of some EXTREMELY important deadlines that will be coming up over the next week or so. You can, of course, find all this information on the New Students Checklists, located on the New Students website, but just in case, here goes:
- Register for Summer Orientation. Please note that Sessions #1 (June 15-16) and #3 (June 20-21) are already full, but there is plenty of room in the other three sessions! (Deadline: May 29)
- This is your last chance to complete the New Student Survey so we are better able to make plans for activities and academic advising once you arrive on campus. (Deadline: June 1)
- Complete your First Year Seminar selections. For additional information and instructions, view our online tutorial. Remember, you only need to complete your First Year Seminar selections. Do not continue through your Initial Course Election, as this will happen during Summer Orientation. (Deadline: June 12)
- Take your Spanish, French, or German Language Placement Test or your Latin Placement Test. (Deadline: June 12)
- Register for Campus Housing and complete your Roommate Request which is critical in making your residence hall assignment. (Deadline: June 12)
- Don’t forget to consider Engaged Living: The First Year Experience, a unique way to live together, get connected to faculty, and have fun while getting connected to life at Furman! If you apply for the Engaged Living program, you do still need to complete your Housing Request, which was referenced above. (Priority deadline: June 19)
If you have already completed these items, great! And thank you! Otherwise, please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions as you complete these tasks and prepare to begin life at Furman this fall!
One of the key things you will do to prep yourself for Summer Orientation is to select some first year seminars you are interested in exploring next year. Navigate through our online tutorial to learn more about this process. Once you have indicated your preference in first year seminars, you can stop for now. No need to continue through Initial Course Election (ICE), as this is what you will do during Summer Orientation with the guidance of your summer advising counselor.
Please select your seminars prior to arriving for your Summer O session, as this will make it much easier for us to know what you are interested in when you sit down and talk to an advisor. Deadline for selecting your seminars is June 12.
You will also need to complete your language placement exam prior to attending Summer O. If you have studied French, German or Spanish before, speak one of these languages at home, or have lived for an extended period in a country where one of these languages is spoken, take our online language placement test. If you’ve studied Latin in the past, please be sure to complete our test specifically designed for that language. Placement exams for other languages, such as Chinese or Japanese, may be completed during Fall Orientation.
Remember, there is no need to take a placement test in a language you have not previously studied or do not speak at home. Be sure to take the placement test in each language you have studied, though, even if you do not currently plan to study that language at Furman. Each test will only require a few minutes of your time. It is important to give it your best effort, otherwise you may not be able to take your first priority choice in the foreign languages we offer.
The password for accessing these tests was included with the IT credentials and account information you received in the mail. If you need assistance with the password (or accessing your account information), please contact the IT Service Center at 864-294-3277 or email@example.com. Language placement tests should also be completed by June 12.
Just a few additional reminders for you:
- The deadline to register for a Summer Orientation session is quickly approaching – be sure to register before May 29!
- If you haven’t already, please complete your New Student Survey as soon as possible. Remember, you will need your Furman ID number and network credentials to access the survey.
Check the New Students website frequently for additional information and to stay updated on all you need to know about becoming a Furman student!
Now that you have confirmed Furman is the place for you, we need to get to work preparing for your arrival- the first step is your on campus housing assignment!
Complete and submit your Housing Assignment Request.
Housing assignment requests must be submitted no later than June 12. Specific residence hall requests will be considered through a lottery process, so it is not necessary to rush to submit your request. If you re-submit your request, the most recent submission will be considered. Assignments will be available mid-July and students will receive instructions via email at that time regarding how to check their room assignment.
Learn together. Live together. Succeed together.
Engaged Living: The First-Year Experience provides you with an easy transition into your first year of college life by giving you immediate academic support and a sense of camaraderie. Our living and learning community is one of the best ways to enhance your education and become one of the most successful and involved students on campus. You will:
- live with other Engaged Living students in your residence hall;
- take a class or two together and work closely with faculty and classmates who share your interest in a particular topic;
- develop your leadership and teamwork skills through a variety of social activities and Furman traditions;
- make friends and colleagues who will support you through your four year experience at Furman.
Select from one of five different academic programs all taught by Furman faculty. Build close relationships with dedicated faculty and staff that are there to help you feel comfortable, encouraged, and supported, ensuring that you grow as a student and as a citizen of the world. Be a part of longstanding Furman traditions which ensure that your first-year experience will be rewarding and fun!
Make sure to submit your interest in Engaged Living by the priority deadline of June 19. Visit the Engaged Living website for more information.
Know your way around social networking sites.
Social networking has emerged as a wonderful way for our incoming students to meet each other before they ever arrive to campus in the fall. Sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are utilized by a significant number of Furman students. Please take the time to make sure your social networking profiles positively and accurately represent you, your family and your new Furman family. Remember, the first impression your roommate may have of you is what he or she observes on a social networking site.
You may also want to check out the Housing & Residence Life website for new students, highlighting some more important details for you. And, as always, use the New Students website to guide you on all those things you need to be properly prepared for your arrival in the fall!
Complete your New Student Survey!
Your academic success begins with the assignment of an academic advisor who will get to know your interests and educational goals and will work with you to offer advice regarding course selection and your intended degree.
To assist our matching you with an outstanding academic advisor, take a moment to tell us about yourself by completing the New Student Survey. The Assistant Academic Dean for Advising will use the results of this survey, background information and academic data to assign you an initial advisor who may share some common interests or experiences with you. Your advisor will be a member of the Furman faculty or administration. In order to access the survey, you will need to use your Furman ID number and IT credentials for survey validation that were mailed to you earlier this week. We ask that you complete the survey by June 1.
Register for Summer Orientation!
Just a reminder – if you haven’t already registered for a Summer Orientation session, please do so soon! The main purpose of “Summer O” is to give you an intense overview of academics at Furman, and then allow you to work with a summer advising counselor to enter your fall class choices. Along the way, you will meet new friends, make campus connections, and have some FUN!
Also occurring during Summer Orientation is our Parent and Family Orientation; registration for a Summer Orientation session includes one family member or guest. Additional family members or guests can attend for a nominal fee. During the time that students are attending their sessions, family members and other guests will be learning about important issues that affect both new students and their families.
Because we do not assign class schedules until a majority of the class has entered their choices, there is no advantage to attending an earlier session (or disadvantage to attending a later session). Space is limited within each session, though, so don’t wait to register! (Please note: the June 15-16 orientation session is full.)
Don’t forget to check the New Students Website frequently for updates and new information to help you prepare for your first year at Furman. Feel free to send any questions our way via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome Class of 2019 and congratulations on becoming a part of the Furman Paladin family! We are so excited that you will be joining us at Furman this fall, and hope that you are eager to get started.
We hope that you have already had a chance to visit the New Students website, www.furman.edu/newstudents. The New Students website is the place to go for all things related to the beginning of your Furman experience. We designed this site so you would have one central place to find answers to the questions you might have about what to expect when you arrive on campus. The key to this site is the New Student Checklist, where you have a chronological listing of the important deadlines and submissions that you must complete before you arrive in the fall. Complete all these items and you are ready to start your Furman career!
You will begin receiving weekly emails that will supplement the content you can find on the New Students website. The messages are intended to draw your attention to a wide variety of opportunities available for incoming students. They will also provide detail for a number of tasks you must complete before you arrive on campus, such as your housing assignment request and submission of immunization records. We want to make sure that, along the way, you are fully informed about how to get involved in anything and everything FURMAN.
You will also be receiving two items via postal mail in the next few days. The first will be a packet with information about various programs, including some information for your parents/family. The second will be your IT credentials, which will allow you to access the Furman network, your Furman email, and MyFurman. Once you have this information, you can begin completing a number of items on the New Student Checklist, including completing the New Student Survey and your Language Placement exams.
One VERY IMPORTANT reminder: If you have not already, be sure to register for a Summer Orientation session; dates are filling up quickly, and we want you to be able to attend the session you want. Deadline for registration is Friday, May 29.
Finally, don’t forget to consider the other summer experiences available to new students, including the Summer Connections program and the Paladin Outdoor Program.
We look forward to meeting you very soon! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at email@example.com so we can get those answered!
The following blog is authored by Sean McBratnie, a senior English and Philosophy major from Philadelphia, PA. Sean has served on the Orientation Staff for three years.
Fall Orientation is not simply a manner in which you get oriented with Furman. True, that will happen, but Fall Orientation is so much more. It is a celebration. Ever since January the Orientation staff at Furman has come together to prepare for your arrival. Ever since graduation in May, when we said farewell to our amazing seniors, there has been a gaping hole in the Furman community. A whole quarter of the student body has been missing for far too long, and you and your peers are here to fill it, which is something we are ecstatic about, thus the cause for celebration.
Celebration. It is the best approach to Fall Orientation. Try not to let yourself become overwhelmed with thoughts of the upcoming school year. Us, as Orientation Leaders, as well as your amazing Hall Staff will help you through that transition. For now, however, relax, have fun as you meet your new peers, roam the wonderful campus that is now your home, and soak up those last blissful days of summer surrounded by your new Furman Family.
If you are worried about meeting people or making friends, there are two things you should keep in mind. First, everyone has this worry and everyone is in the same boat as you. Second, Fall Orientation is jam packed with social events that you can attend, which allow you to put yourself out there and meet new people. The events encompass a wide spectrum of activities. First and foremost, you will be meeting the residents that live on your floor, and from there you will have the opportunity to meet everyone who lives in your residence building. Better bond quickly, because each residence building will be competing against one another in the O-Lypmics.
Outside the realm of friendly competition, there is also the President’s Picnic where you’ll get to meet our new president Dr. Elizabeth Davis, as well as tour White Oaks the president’s home, which is filled with Furman’s history. There will also be a carnival, a comedy-juggler, a relaxing outdoor movie under the stars, as well as a shuttle bus, which will take you to Downtown Greenville, so you and your friends can explore the city that is now your new home. There are also a few other surprises, but you will have to wait to you get here until you find out about those.
Fall Orientation may sound like an exhausting whirlwind, especially for those on the introverted side, but as an O-Staffer, I say just go at your own pace. Make the most of this wonderful experience. Do not be afraid of feeling uncomfortable or out of place, this is natural. As a rising senior that is watching and feeling the excitement of the start of your college journey, I have some words of wisdom: no matter what happens just stop look around and take it all in, because before you know it some of these people who you are going through orientation with may become some of your closest friends, and soon y’all will be up on a stage receiving your diplomas. So, enjoy Fall Orientation. Enjoy the end of summer, and let your college journey begin.
For additional information about Fall Orientation, please refer to the Fall Orientation website, where you can find the full orientation schedule. You are also encouraged to download the free “Guidebook” app for your smartphone, and search for the “Furman University Fall Orientation” guide – we will be keeping it updated with lots of additional information and resources for you throughout orientation.
Your initial fall course schedule is now available via the ARMS for Students link on the MyFurman portal. We constructed the course schedule based on the choices you submitted earlier this summer and the results of your placement tests.
In just a few short weeks when you arrive on campus, you will have an opportunity to meet your academic advisor before classes begin to discuss your interests and goals. During Fall Orientation, we have specifically set aside time for you to meet individually with your advisor to review your fall course schedule. With your advisor available to help guide your thinking, you will be able to adjust your fall course schedule if you see fit starting Monday, August 25. The course adjustment period will conclude after the first seven class days at 5:00pm on Thursday, September 4.
For now, you may want to check out more about how advising works at Furman to get an idea of what to expect when you arrive.
Remember, you WILL be able to make any necessary changes to your schedule – including adding a class – when you meet with your advisor during Fall Orientation.
We are exactly one month away from new student move in day! Four weeks from TODAY you will be arriving at Furman, hopefully excited to begin a new chapter in your life. Today’s blog is authored by Erin Mellor, a soon-to-be sophomore who served on our Summer Orientation Staff. Erin is from Irvine, California. She reflects on some of her favorite experiences from her first year at Furman, and what she wishes she would have known as she started school.
My senior year of high school was like a dream. I had a core group of friends, loving and adventurous souls, and I didn’t see how it was humanly possible to feel more supported or rooted in a place outside of Irvine, California. Anxiety took ahold of my summer as I worried about my future roommate, feared I wouldn’t have friends, and doubted I’d be accepted in the South.
Fast-forward one year. As a rising sophomore, I have never felt more encouraged, courageous, and connected. You have the ability to make each day at Furman full and bright, especially if you are involved in a handful of organizations and actively pursue your interests.
My freshman year was full of midnight milkshake runs, movie nights, rich conversations, carnivals, swing dancing, coffee dates, strolling around Swan Lake, road trips, and eating pints of gelato (always chocolate peanut butter cup) with my roommate on our secondhand, worn and cozy couch.
There were some difficult nights, when the papers proved frustrating and the reading assignments never-ending. But there’s something about living and working with other people that bonds you at a deeper level than with your high school peers.
It’s a community, a family.
And even in the days of stress, I would gaze out across the lake, grab dinner with my hall mates, or go on a study break adventure, and know I had made the right decision to cross the country and go to Furman.
My advice to you, and what I wish I had known before entering college:
- It’s cool to rock your own style, have your own sense of humor, and be authentic.
- The initial security of rushing into a friend clique is fleeting. Try to stay open, meeting as many new people as possible. A supportive group of friends will naturally fall into place over the course of the semester. Extending kindness goes a long way.
- Hard work pays off. If you put time & effort into your schoolwork and friendships, you can succeed academically and create deep relationships. You may not get a perfect 4.0 like you did in high school, but usually these friendships and adventures prove more enriching. Balance is key.
- Be spontaneous. I love schedules and routine, yet my favorite memories are from spur-of-the-moment dinners, adventures, and trips downtown.
- Stay open to other peoples’ opinions and lifestyles. Besides preparing you for the workforce, college is meant to give you a wider worldview. By putting your judgment aside, you can gain valuable insight into the people around you and life in general.
- Enjoy this time and be present in the now. The days, weeks, and months truly fly by.
We can’t wait to see you on August 22!