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Know the Rules, Follow the Rules

Furman University’s Student Handbook outlines the University’s official policies, procedures, rules and regulations as they relate to the student experience at Furman.  We encourage each student to review the Student Handbook and understand that your enrollment at the University means that you will support and comply with these expectations.

At Furman, students will experience first-hand that the University is a tight knit residential community of scholars.  As such, it is important for all students to be familiar with the policies and procedures which will govern student life.  The University expects that new students will support and abide by the community standards which have been established and outlined in the Student Handbook. We expect students to be respectful of the rights and privileges of others in our community.  Along with these rights and privileges, we each also have a responsibility to protect the university environment and ensure that it remains conducive for learning.   These policies and procedures are in place to safeguard the academic community.

We hope that as you read through the Student Handbook you will have a greater understanding of the special community you have chosen for your collegiate experience and that you will bring to the community your commitment to a life of civility and integrity.  We expect that our students will continue the Furman tradition of protecting the rights and privileges of the community above those of the individual and that you will also continue the tradition of excellence both inside and outside the classroom which has been demonstrated by generations of students.

You may review the Student Handbook online at in preparation for your arrival to campus.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions that you may have.

We look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

REQUIRED online alcohol and sexual assault education program

The faculty and staff of Furman University share your exceptional vision and ambition for all aspects of your life, in and out of the classroom. Your personal and professional development, and that of your peers, is the cornerstone of a partnership that will last during your years here and beyond. As you well know, alcohol is a significant issue in the lives of students in both high school, college and throughout our lives. Whether you abstain from alcohol entirely or not, it is an influence in our lives and in the lives of our families and friends. Furman University has joined together with many top schools in the country in adopting “AlcoholEdu for College” and “Haven” as components of our alcohol and sexual assault prevention initiative. This is not an over-simplified, lecture style diatribe about the use of alcohol. It is a thoughtful, educational program for adults committed to thinking about their life choices.

To this end, we require every new incoming Furman student to take “AlcoholEdu for College” and “Haven.” You will need to complete Part 1 of both programs (approximately 1.5-2.5 hours) by August 18, 2017. Approximately 45 days later, you will receive an automated email asking you to complete the course. At this time, you will need to log in again to complete Part 2 of both programs, which takes approximately 15 minutes. Please note: Only once you’ve finished Part 2 have you completed the program.

If you do not complete both Part 1 and Part 2 of “AlcoholEdu for College” and “Haven” by October 20, 2017, a hold will be placed on your registration records making you ineligible to register for spring 2018 courses. Completion of the course is contingent on completing both Part 1 and Part 2, in addition to a 75% or better on the exam at the end of Part 1.

To begin AlcoholEdu and Haven (Courses available July 26, 2017):

  1. Go to: MyFurman
  2. Login using your username and password. If you are having trouble type “fu/” before your username. If you have forgotten your user name or password, please call the IT Service Center at 864-294-3277.
  3. Click on “A to Z index”
  4. Click the ‘Alcohol Education/Sexual Assault Education’ for new students option
  5. Follow the instructions
  6. You may log in and out of the course at the end of each section. Section ends are marked with a “Next” button. DO NOT log out until you click the “Next” button or you will have to repeat the section you have just gone through.
  7. When you return, log back in to MyFurman
  8. After 45 days you will receive an invitation to complete Part 2 of both courses which must be completed by October 20, 2017


In appreciation of your participation within the allotted timeframe, your name will be entered into a drawing to receive a $100 or $200 check.

Other Important Information:

  • You will need Internet access and audio capabilities.
  • To avoid technical issues, please use any major web browser (e.g., Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome) released within the previous two years.
  • You may take the course in multiple sittings.
  • The course may include surveys to help personalize your experience and measure students’ attitudes and behaviors. All survey responses are confidential; the school will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will never see individual students’ answers.
  • Should you experience problems, technical support is available 24/7 and can be accessed from the “Help” link within the course.

Furman University is deeply committed to the greatest health and welfare, and ultimate success and happiness, of all of our students.  We hope you enjoy the course!

Fraternity & Sorority Life

As you begin to settle into Furman this fall, we encourage you to explore the various ways to become involved on campus. One way to do so is by joining a fraternity or sorority, and we hope you will consider whether this choice will be right for you. Facts that may help your decision:

What you need to know now:

For more information, please visit our website at

If you have questions about Fraternity & Sorority Life, please visit the Office of Student Activities located in the Trone Student Center, or call (864)294-2076.

Housing assignments are now available!

Your housing assignment and roommate information is now available on your MyFurman account. Click on “Verify Assignment Status” and select “Fall 2017-Day”.  If you have questions about your housing assignment, please contact the Office of Housing & Residence Life directly at 864-294-2092.

It is also important that you review the move-in information on the Housing & Residence Life website.  This is where you can find information about:

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: New student move-in is Friday, August 18, from 9:00am until 1:00pm.

When you arrive on campus that morning, follow the signs located throughout campus that will direct you to your specific residence hall.

The South Housing Residence Halls are:

  • Poteat
  • McGlothlin
  • Geer
  • Blackwell
  • Manly

The Lakeside Housing Residence Halls are:

  • Townes
  • McBee
  • Haynsworth
  • Judson
  • Ramsay
  • Gambrell
  • Chiles

When you arrive at your residence hall, you will need to check in with your Resident Assistant (RA) to receive your key and important move-in day information.  You will find them on your residence hall floor, in the RA’s room.

You will be able to unload your vehicle near your residence hall.  A team of student staff members, Orientation Staff Leaders and other student leaders will be available to assist you.  Once your car is unloaded, we ask that you move it from the unloading area, to one of the designated parking lots.

To preview the full move-in day and Fall Orientation schedule, click here.  You will receive additional information about Fall Orientation in August.

Finally, a reminder that the deadline for submitting medical records is now PAST DUE!  Please log into the Furman Patient Portal, and follow the detailed instructions in order to complete your records.  Housing assignments, roommate information and course schedules will not be made available until this information has been submitted.  If you are not compliant by August 18, you may be withdrawn from the University. Withdrawn students must reapply for admission before being permitted to re-enroll.  If you have questions about your medical records, please call 864-294-2180 or visit the Student Health Services website.

We are about one month from move in day and cannot wait for you to be back on campus! As you begin making your final preparations, please let us know if you have any questions.  We’ll see you soon!

Diversity & Inclusion at Furman

Furman University is a close-knit community, encompassing a wide variety of experiences and perspectives within our student body. Embracing the distinct contributions of each individual is a core value of the institution, and is crucial to maintaining a vibrant and inclusive campus. The University strives to foster global world views and experiences, which are integral to the creation of well-rounded and dynamic community members, who are both challenged, and supported. We encourage all students to become engaged with diversity initiatives across campus, in our surrounding community and beyond. The University is but a microcosm of the world we live in, where the unique talents and gifts of individuals are integral to building more sustainable, innovative and culturally competent communities.

 The Division of Student Life at Furman continuously  works to sustain a dynamic community that respects the inherent worth of all people. We work with departments and student organizations across campus to ensure we’re creating an environment where differences are embraced. From the celebration of various heritage months, to creating a welcoming home for international students, Student Life plays a major role in encouraging civil discourse and connecting individuals who share a variety of cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Learn more about diversity programs and events within Student Life.

The Student Diversity Council (SDC) is the umbrella organization for diversity-focused organizations on Furman’s campus. The eight student organizations which fall under SDC strive to create an open and inclusive environment through high impact and thought-provoking programming. The Council encourages and promotes awareness of cultural diversity among both the Furman University and Greenville community, while aiming to expand and share the responsibility of creating and sustaining diversity efforts to all major campus organizations. To keep up with events and programs sponsored by our SDC organizations, you can like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about our SDC organizations.

The Student Office for Accessibility Resources (SOAR) is committed to providing students with disabilities an equal opportunity to access Furman’s programs and facilities. The office partners with the Housing and Residence Life Office, Health Services, Dining Services and the Counseling Center to provide reasonable accommodations for students with medical, physical or psychological conditions.​​

The spirit of the Religious Council (RC) is for all faith and spiritually-based student groups to come together to exchange ideas and information through dialog about religious and social issues. Together, RC has put on Diwali celebrations, lectures about women’s rights and Islam, an All Saints Day celebration, and a “Coffee with an Atheist” event. You will receive another email in the coming weeks about religious life at Furman, but for now learn more about RC’s student groups.

Every year, the David and Leighan Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education help our students pursue faculty-led academic research and interdisciplinary studies—both within the United States and abroad. We offer study away programs in more than 30 countries, covering regions such as southern Africa and east Asia.

During your time at Furman, we hope to empower you to build a diverse and inclusive campus community, where students from all backgrounds and experiences can grow, learn, and thrive together.

Tuition Payments and Financial Aid

You will be notified via email later this month when your fall semester billing statement is available through the Student Account Center.  Please make arrangements to address your fall invoice no later than Friday, August 11.

Most students who will receive financial aid have been awarded for the upcoming academic year. If you applied for financial aid, you should have received an award notification and taken action on the aid you will accept. If you don’t see financial aid from your award letter listed on your bill, the cause is likely…

  • You have financial aid awards that you still need to accept.  You can rectify this by visiting “accept or reject my financial aid awards” through the Financial Information menu on your MyFurman portal.
  • We need additional paperwork to complete your financial aid file.  To see if you are missing any paperwork, check “Financial Aid Documents” through the Financial Information menu on your MyFurman portal.
  • Your FAFSA is being verified. This process can take up to a week after all documents have been received.
  • Furman has not yet received your application for need-based financial aid.  You still have time to complete the FAFSA and the CSS profile to begin the process.
  • Part or all of your award is Federal Work Study requiring you to earn the funds through an on-campus job.  Federal Work Study funds are not applied to your account.  As you work, the money you earn is paid via our regular payroll.

Please refer to for additional information about any student financial matter.  Still have questions? Contact us through email at or by phone at 864-294-2030.  We’re always glad to help!


Finally, remember from this point forward all emails will be sent to your email address ONLY, so please begin checking it regularly.  Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions!

Summer Advising and Intial Course Selection

Whether you are attending Summer Orientation or not, over the next few weeks you will have the opportunity to speak with a Summer Advisor and make your intial course selections.  There are a few things you are required to complete prior to attending Summer O and/or speaking with a Summer Advisor:

One of the key things you will need do to prepare yourself speaking with a Summer Advisor is to review the First-Year Writing Seminar interdisciplinary themes before you arrive on campus.

All new students are required to complete a First-Year Writing Seminar (FYW) during their first year at Furman. These seminars are a graduation requirement designed to expose you to the expectations of college-level writing, pose challenging intellectual issues, and engage you in thoughtful discussions with your classmates. Each seminar is attached to one or more interdisciplinary categories and is limited to no more than 12 students per class.

You will need to be prepared to select up to three seminar themes (for example, Artistic Expression or Mass Media & Popular Culture) that interest you. If you click on a specific theme, you will see a list of potential seminars that fall under that them. Note that not all of these seminars are offered every year, which is why you are asked to select the general themes that are most interesting to you. More information will be shared with you when you arrive on campus, but please make sure to come prepared to discuss your top choices.

You will meet with a Summer Advisor during Summer Orientation or, for those of you unable to attend, speak with a Summer Advisor over a video chat program called Zoom.  He/she will help you to get started on your path at Furman by explaining academic requirements and advising you on your initial course selections. This Summer Advisor is not your permanent academic advisor but an advising expert who can guide you as you make these initial decisions. You will be assigned a permanent academic advisor later in the summer and you will meet with that person when you arrive at Furman in August.  Begin thinking now about the courses you might want to take by looking through Furman’s course catalog.  While there is no rush to have your entire schedule completely planned prior to attending orientation, it is important to come to orientation prepared to talk with the Summer Advisor about academic interests or courses you might enjoy taking.   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.

Those of you attending Summer Orientation will receive an email 10 days prior to your session with some information specific to Summer O.

But, as always, please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions!

Your Furman E-mail

As you have probably realized, Furman relies heavily on technology to communicate with our students.  We also depend on web-based tools for a wide variety of administrative details, like housing assignments and course selection.  Accordingly, it is imperative that you keep up-to-date with how to navigate the computing world at Furman. By this point, you should have received your Furman credentials in the mail – your Net ID (or username), email address, student ID, and a temporary password.  If you HAVE NOT received your network credentials, please let us know as soon as possible.  Problems or questions about network access should be directed to the IT Service Center via email,, or by calling 864-294-3277.

Please take a few minutes to visit the Information Technology Services, or ITS, website and begin to familiarize yourself with the Furman network.  Included on the website are instructions to prepare your devices for the Furman network, as well as a list of frequently asked technology questions for new students.

Beginning in June, we will start to regularly send e-mails to your new “” e-mail address.  You should plan to use this address as your primary e-mail account because faculty, staff, and your fellow students will expect to communicate with you primarily via this medium.  We will discontinue sending messages to the e-mail address you supplied to us during the admission process at the end of June.

Language Placement Exams

One of the key things you will need to do to prepare for fall course selection is complete your language placement exam.

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 exam in a language you have not previously studied.  Do be sure to take the placement exam in each language you have studied, though, even if you do not currently plan to study that language at Furman.  Each exam 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.

You should not take a placement exam for a language that is your native language.

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  Language placement tests should be completed by June 15.

Health and Immunization Records

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 (net ID) and password.  Please follow the detailed instructions for required immunizations, health history form, TB screening form and insurance information.

The due date to complete this information is Thursday, June 15.  If you need assistance, please visit the Student Health Services website or contact them at

Please note: Housing assignments, roommate information and course schedules will not be made available to students until this information has been submitted.