Get Ready for Summer Orientation!

We are so excited to meet you during Summer Orientation – the Office of Student Activities and Orientation Team has been working hard to plan an exciting and informative visit for you!

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 an academic advisor get in touch with you and assist with course registration.

For those of you registered to attend Summer Orientation, there are a few items that you need to complete prior to attending.  If you have already completed these items, thank you!

One of the key things you will need do to prepare yourself for Summer Orientation 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 come to Summer Orientation 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 also meet 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.

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.

You will receive an email about 10 days prior to your Summer O session with some additional information and specific details.

Finally, a few quick reminders:

Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions about Summer O, and remember: The New Students Website has many helpful tips and information to assist you!

Summer Deadlines

May is quickly coming to an end!  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 Checklist, located on the New Students website, but just in case, here goes:

  • Register for Summer Orientation. Please note that several sessions are already full, but there are still spots available in other sessions.  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, we can do that, but highly encourage you to go ahead and register for another session.  If you are unable to attend any of the Summer Orientation sessions, please complete this form to let us know.  (Deadline: May 27)
  • This is your last chance to complete the New Student Advising Survey so we are better able to make plans for activities and academic advising once you arrive on campus. (Deadline: June 1)
  • Complete your medical and immunization history by logging into the Furman Patient Portal, using your Furman username and password. Please follow the detailed instructions for required immunizations, health history form, TB screening form and insurance information. (Deadline: June 15)
  • Complete your Housing Preference form, which is critical in making your residence hall assignment. (Deadline: June 19)
  • 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.  (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!

Welcome Class of 2020!

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 this note finds you eager to get started.

We’re glad you have made your way to the New Students website,, and hope you check back frequently!  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!

New students will regularly receive emails from us throughout the summer, so it is important to check your email frequently.  These 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.

We will keep this blog updated with current information as well – items that should be on your “to do” list and information about upcoming opportunities.  Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know.  You can email us at or call us at 864-294-2076.  We look forward to getting to know you and, once again, welcome to the Furman family!