WOW! Our preparations for your arrival at Furman are nearly complete, and some of you are already here! On-campus orientation activities begin one week from today, Friday, August 19! Residence Hall move-in begins at 9:00am – when you arrive on campus that morning, follow the signs located throughout campus that will direct you to your specific residence hall.
As a reminder: The South Housing Residence Halls are Poteat, McGlothlin, Geer, Blackwell and Manly. The Lakeside Housing Residence Halls are Townes, McBee, Haynsworth, Judson, Ramsay, Gambrell and 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.
A wide variety of orientation programs will begin on August 19, all designed to give you a starting point for how to best navigate life at Furman.
There are a few programs on Friday afternoon, which both you and your parents/family should plan on attending:
1:30-2:15pm, Welcome to Furman (McAlister Auditorium)
2:45-3:30pm, Group A – Academic Advisor Meetings (Various Locations)
Group B – Family Farewell Reception (Library Patio)
3:45-4:30pm, Group A – Family Farewell Reception (Library Patio)
Group B – Academic Advising Meetings (Various Locations)
The academic advisor meetings are very important – this is your first chance to meet with your advisor, face to face. You will receive an appointment card with the time and location of your advisor meetings when you check into the residence hall on Friday morning.
The full orientation schedule is available online here, or through the Guidebook app for your smart phone. Simply download the “Guidebook” application, create an account, and search for the “2016 Furman University Fall Orientation” guide. Within the guide you will find a detailed schedule, advisor information, a listing of campus resources, our favorite Greenville & Travelers Rest spots, and more!
If you have any last minute questions, don’t hesitate to let us know! Safe travels to Furman and we look forward to meeting you on next week!
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 http://www.furman.edu/handbook in preparation for your arrival to campus.
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 19, 2016. 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 21, 2016, a hold will be placed on your registration records making you ineligible to register for spring 2016 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 21, 2016):
- Go to: MyFurman
- 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
- Click on “A to Z index”
- Click the ‘Alcohol Education/Sexual Assault Education’ for new students option
- Follow the instructions
- 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.
- When you return, log back in to MyFurman
- After 45 days you will receive an invitation to complete Part 2 of both courses which must be completed by October 21, 2016
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 that you enjoy the course!
Fall semester billing statements will be delivered via email by the end of July. Payment is due to the Student Business Center no later than August 12. Once statements are prepared, you will also be able to view your bill online via MyFurman. Please refer to the Student Business Center website for more information about student financial matters and check out the payment options that are available to you and your family. If you have questions, please contact the Student Business Center at 864-294-2500.
Most students who will receive financial aid have been awarded for the 2016-2017 year. If you applied for financial aid, you should have received an award notification and taken action on the aid you will accept. If the amount of aid you anticipated would be applied to your account does not match what is listed on your fall billing statement, the most likely causes include:
- You have not accepted part of your aid package. Go to the financial aid section of MyFurman, click “Accept or reject my financial aid awards” and follow the instructions on that page.
- You may have outstanding requirements to complete your financial aid file. Go to the financial aid section of MyFurman, click “My Documents” and see if anything is missing.
- Your FAFSA is being verified. This process can take up to a week after all documents have been received.
- You did not apply for need-based financial aid.
- 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.
It is vital that you pay close attention to all communications you receive from Financial Aid. You don’t want to miss an important detail or deadline. Questions about your aid? Send our Financial Aid office an e-mail or call at 864-294-2204.