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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  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

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:

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:

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!