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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:

The Lakeside Housing Residence Halls are:

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  If you are not compliant by August 18, you may be withdrawn from the University. Withdrawn students must reapply for admission before being permitted to re-enroll.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…

Please refer to enroll.furman.edu for additional information about any student financial matter.  Still have questions? Contact us through email at enroll@furman.edu 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 Furman.edu 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, service.center@furman.edu, 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 “furman.edu” 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 service.center@furman.edu.  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 studenthealth@furman.edu.

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

Campus Housing

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 campus housing assignment.   If you plan to commute to campus this fall, you can sit this one out; otherwise, please proceed!

Complete and submit your Housing Assignment Request Form

Housing preferences must be submitted no later than Sunday, June 18.  Specific residence hall preferences will be considered through a lottery process, so it is not necessary to rush to submit your form.  Review of applications will not begin until June 19.  If you re-submit your preferences, only your most recent submission will be considered.  To review residential options for first year students please visit the Housing & Residence Life website.  To complete your housing assignment request form, please click this link. Assignments and roommate information will be viewable in your MyFurman account beginning July 17.

The fall move-in date and time for new students is 9:00am on Friday, August 18.  (Please note: New International Students will move in on Sunday, August 13.)  We’ll send you additional information about that day’s schedule of activities a bit later in the summer.

 Consider participating in our Engaged Living program!

Ease the transition into your first year of college life by participating in our living and learning community.  Engaged Living is one of the best ways to enhance your educational experience at Furman and help you become one of the most successful and involved students on campus.  You will:

  • Live together with other Engaged Living students in your residence hall;
  • Work closely with faculty and classmates who share your interest in a particular topic;
  • Develop your leadership and teamwork skills through a variety of activities;
  • Make friends and colleagues who will support you through your four-year experience at Furman.

Be part of a longstanding Furman tradition which ensures that your first-year experience will be rewarding and fun!  Applications to participate in the Engaged Living program are due by June 18.  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.

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!

Get started on your checklist with the New Student Advising Survey!

Your Furman network credentials – including username, email, student ID, and temporary password have been mailed to you.  You should receive them within the next week, which means you can begin completing many of the items on the new student checklist.

Your academic success at Furman 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.

Complete and submit your New Student Advising SurveyTo assist our matching you with an outstanding academic advisor, take a moment to tell us about yourself.  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 staff. In order to access the survey, you will need to use your Furman ID number and IT credentials.  Again, please note that you should receive these credentials in the mail soon.  Please complete the New Student Advising Survey by Friday, June 2.

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.

Summer Orientation

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!