Diversity and 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.

Diversity and Inclusion initiatives within Student Life, (DIISL) continually 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. 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.

Or, perhaps you are looking for a community to share your questions of faith, grow spiritually, and gather with others doing the same. We invite you to explore your beliefs in our faith-based community.  Our religious organizations offer opportunities for friendship, a place to worship, and spiritual guidance.  The spirit of the Religious Council 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.   If you are interested in connecting with one or more of these organizations, please complete our Multifaith Interest Form.  Learn more about spiritual life at Furman.

Furman University provides anything but a confined experience. From implementing faculty-led study away programs to creating a welcoming home for international students, the David and Leighan Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education will expose you to a wide variety of cultures, experiences, ideas and people.

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.

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 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):

  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 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!

Housing Assignments and Move In Day Information

Your housing assignment and roommate information is now available on your MyFurman account! Click on “Verify Assignment Status” and select “Fall 2016-Day”.

You should also take a look at more important information regarding living at Furman as you plan your move to campus.  This is where you can find information about:

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: New student move-in is Friday, August 19, 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.

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 Orientation Staff 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.

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!

Paying For Furman

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.

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, www.furman.edu/newstudents, 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 orientation@furman.edu or call us at 864-294-2076.  We look forward to getting to know you and, once again, welcome to the Furman family!