Furman University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$55,392
4.53% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$33,370
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.515%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
67%
7,514 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
2,443
97.5% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
85.4%
638 Graduates

About

Furman University is a higher education institution located in Greenville County, SC. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Furman University were General Political Science & Government (62 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (60 degrees), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (58 degrees).

In 2022, 853 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Furman University. 66.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 33.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (674 degrees), 11 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (61 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Furman University is $55,392, which is $27,062 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Furman University is $55,392, which is $27,062 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $33,370.

In 2022, 96% of undergraduate students attending Furman University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 28% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$55,392
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Furman University was $55,392. The cost of tuition at Furman University is $27,062 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

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Average Net Price

$33,370
2022 Value
1.85%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Furman University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $33,370. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Furman University grew by 1.85%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,698
Room and Board
$810
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Furman University was of $13,698 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 2.51% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $810. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

96%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
28%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

96% of undergraduate students at Furman University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 2.13% with respect to 2021, when 94% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.515%
2019 Default Rate
2
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Furman University was 0.515%, which represents 2 out of the 388 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Furman University received 7,514 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 4.74% annual growth. Out of those 7,514 applicants, 5,036 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 67% acceptance rate.

There were 2,443 students enrolled at Furman University in 2022. 29% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Furman University has an overall enrollment yield of 12.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

67%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
5,036
Accepted Out of 7,514

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Furman University was 67% (5,036 admissions from 7,514 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 71.4%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 4.74%, while admissions declined by −1.62%..

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SAT Scores

29%
Submission Percentage (2022)
187
Scores Submitted (2022)

29% of enrolled first-time students at Furman University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Furman University had a total enrollment of 2,443 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Furman University is 2,381 students and the part-time enrollment is 62. This means that 97.5% of students enrolled at Furman University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Furman University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 76.3% White, 6.3% Black or African American, 5.98% Hispanic or Latino, 3.56% Two or More Races, 3.4% Asian, 0.164% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.123% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Furman University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (45%), followed by White Male (31.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.11%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (60.7%), followed by White Male (16.2%) and Black or African American Female (5.98%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

97.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Furman University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,443 students. The full-time enrollment at Furman University is 2,381 and the part-time enrollment is 62. This means that 97.5% of students enrolled at Furman University are enrolled full-time compared with 79.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

88%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Furman University was 88%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (72%), Furman University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,865 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    154 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    146 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Furman University is 76.3% White, 6.3% Black or African American, 5.98% Hispanic or Latino, 3.56% Two or More Races, 3.4% Asian, 0.164% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.123% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.3% White, 13.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.1% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 21 students (0.86%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 283 more women than men received degrees from Furman University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Furman University is white (674 degrees awarded). There were 11 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (61 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Furman University is General Political Science & Government (62 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (60 degrees) and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (58 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Furman University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Language & Linguistics (48 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (29 degrees), and Physical Sciences (41 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Furman University are Postsecondary teachers (157,186 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (155,062 people), Other managers (152,481 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (142,904 people), and Secondary school teachers (118,031 people).

The most specialized majors at Furman University in 2022 are Language & Linguistics (48 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (29 degrees), Physical Sciences (41 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (58 degrees), and History (24 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Furman University are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at Furman University are Language & Linguistics (48 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (29 degrees), Physical Sciences (41 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (58 degrees), and History (24 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Furman University are Elementary & secondary schools (360,223 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (311,083 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (174,272 people), Computer Systems Design (125,258 people), and Legal services (120,586 people).

The most specialized majors at Furman University are Language & Linguistics (48 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (29 degrees), Physical Sciences (41 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (58 degrees), and History (24 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Furman University.

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Furman University was General Political Science & Government with 62 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

285
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
568
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 285 degrees were awarded to men at Furman University, which is 0.502 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (568).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 30 degrees were awarded to men at Furman University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1 times approximately the same the 30 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 49 degrees were awarded to men at Furman University in Kinesiology & Exercise Science, which is 5.44 times more than the 9 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

73%
100% Completion Time
81%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 73% of students graduating from Furman University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 81% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 81% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Furman University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.94% of graduates (6 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    674 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    61 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    44 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Furman University is white (674 degrees awarded). There were 11 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (61 degrees).

0.234% of degree recipients (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    454 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    220 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    40 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Furman University is white female (454 degrees awarded). There were 2.06 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (220 degrees).

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Operations

Furman University has an endowment valued at nearly $812M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−1.03%) compared to the 0.58% average return (286k on 49.3M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2022, Furman University had a total salary expenditure of 167M. Furman University employs 118 Professors, 65 Associate professors and 60 Assistant professors. Most academics at Furman University are Male Professor (81), Female Assistant professor (39), and Female Professor (37).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Furman University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 119 employees, Service, with 115 employees, and Management with 112 employees.

Endowment

$812M
2022 Endowment
3.18%
decline from 2021

Furman University has an endowment valued at about $812M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Furman University declined 3.18% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $763M higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $7.91M - Federal
  2. $48.5k - State
  3. $46.8k - Local

As of 2022, Furman University received $7.91M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $48.5k from state grants and contracts, and $46.8k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$62.7M
2022 Salaries
2.59%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Furman University paid a median of $62.7M in salaries, which represents 37.5% of their overall expenditure ($167M) and a 2.59% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.7M (37.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$24M
Instructional Salaries
265
Number of Employees

In 2022, Furman University paid a total of $24M to 265 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.04M (32.1%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
118 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
119 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Furman University were Professor with 118 employees, Associate professor with 65 employees, and Assistant professor with 60 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Furman University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 119 employees, Service with 115 employees, and Management with 112 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Female Professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Furman University was Male Professor with 81 employees, Female Assistant professor with 39 employees, and Female Professor with 37 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Furman University.

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