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Welcome Class of 2021!
Congratulations on your decision to attend Furman University and welcome to the Paladin family! We are so excited that you will be joining us at Furman this fall!
We hope that you have had a chance to look through the New Students website, the portal to all things pertinent to the Class of 2021. This site is a comprehensive collection of the key elements typically of concern to incoming new students. It was designed to be a “one stop shop” to find the answer to the questions you might have about what to expect prior to and upon your arrival on campus.
You will also receive regular emails that will highlight information found on the New Students site. The messages are intended to draw your attention to a wide variety of opportunities available for incoming students. They will also provide details for a number of requirements you must complete before you arrive on campus, such as housing assignments, medical forms, and online placement exams. We have provided easily accessible checklists on this site to assist you in completing these tasks. (Please note: Many of the items on the checklist won’t be able to be completed until May or later in the summer, once you have access to your Furman network account.) Once we have assembled the entire class of 2021 in early May, these periodic emails will turn into weekly updates. We want to make sure that all along the way you are fully informed about how to get involved in anything and everything Furman.
As a new member of the Furman student body, we want to make sure you get off to a rousing start, and that begins with Summer Orientation. The primary purpose of “Summer O” is to begin your academic preparation and get an intense crash course on what academics at Furman are all about. You will stay on campus for an overnight experience and meet with academic advisors as you begin thinking about fall classes. Separate sessions are planned for your parents and family, to ensure they get their questions answered as well. For more information and to register, please refer to the Summer Orientation website. The deadline to register for Summer Orientation is May 26 and sessions will fill up, so we encourage you to register as soon as possible!
In addition to Summer O, Furman offers several optional summer programs developed to help you explore your interests, build friendships, prepare for Furman, and have some fun:
- Take a free two-week trip to Japan to engage with others in learning about two of the world’s most dynamic regions through the Japan Summer Experience.
- Apply to be a Summer Connections scholar. Spend a week on campus exploring vocation through personal reflection, creative expression, faith, and service-learning in the community.
- Introduce yourself to classmates and have a blast in the great outdoors on one of five trips in the Paladin Outdoor Program. These “P.O.P.” trips take place immediately before Fall Orientation in August. Whether it’s rafting the Nantahala River, hiking in the mountains, sea kayaking in Charleston, or spending three days on a service project in Greenville; these experiences are designed for all skill and interest levels.
We know that you will have many questions along the way, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us as those questions arise. We are happy to help and look forward to getting to know you along the way!