University Counsellor – Furman University Liberal Arts College in South Carolina

By 2019-11-20 16:40:47

We know that choosing a university is one of the most important decisions in a young person’s life. In collaboration with Lamonda Lewis, High School Counsellor, we present a new university each month to inform you of the many options available. This month we highlight Furman University in South Carolina, USA.

University Website:

Institutional Type:
Small, Private Liberal Arts University

Location: Greenville, South Carolina

Average Cost of Attendance for International Students (including tuition, room and board, etc.):

Requirements to be accepted at Tulane University

SAT/ACT/IB score range:
Furman practices test-optional admissions, meaning that students are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores.

English Language Requirements (DET/TOEFL/IELTS):
TOEFL: 85 (Average 21 in each category), IELTS: 6.5 (Overall band score), Cambridge English Exam Advanced (CAE): 180 (Overall score), Duolingo: 65


Are merit or need based scholarships available for international students?

International students are eligible for all merit based scholarships that are offered to domestic students. In addition, the #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship will recognise two international students who have a vision for enhancing intercultural understanding. This scholarship will cover up to a minimum of 50% tuition and is renewable annually with satisfactory academic progress.

List the programs that your university is most known for and include any special programs that you would like to highlight?

• Furman University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts and sciences universities, offering rigorous academics, broad research opportunities, a robust visual and performing arts program, and NCAA Division I athletics.

• Through small classes, individual instruction, hands-on learning, empathetic advising and personal attention, we seek to be a diverse community of different races, religions, geographic origins and socioeconomic backgrounds.

• The Furman Advantage is an integrated four-year pathway, guided by a diverse community of mentors, that combines classroom learning with real-world experiences and self-discovery to prepare students for lives of purpose and accelerated careers.

How strong is your alumni network throughout Asia?

• Furman alumni are spread across Asia, in, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand and many more.

• To build on Furman’s network of relationships in Asia, The Furman University International Internship Program in East and Southeast Asia supports students who independently seek and obtain a full-time internship.


What type of student thrives in your university setting?

• Furman attracts the ultra-curricular student who are driven by a desire to discover new things.

• Students are guided by a dedicated team of mentors and advisors as they forge their own four-year pathway through more than 60 areas of study, learning and training.

• More than 86 percent of students complete at least one high impact, engaged learning experience, including hands-on internships, international study away and cutting-edge research.

What are the benefits of students attending university in your location?

• Furman is located in the heart of Greenville, South Carolina, a city nationally recognized as a model for urban development that continues to top lists of destinations to visit.

• It has the highest foreign manufacturing investment per capita in America, with Fortune 500 companies like BMW, and Michelin. leading the way in hiring Furman alumni.

• The city has more than 150 downtown restaurants; a variety of art galleries, shops, live music and Broadway shows, sporting events, and a variety of parks, lakes, and mountain trails.

Some recent accolades:

• Top 3 Small Cities in the US- Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards

• #3Top New Foodie Cities in America - People

• #28 Best Place to Live in the USA- US News & World Report

• The 25 Coolest Towns in America: 2018- Matador Network

What percentage of graduates go into the workforce within six months of graduation?

Sixty percent of students join the workforce within 6 months of graduation

What percentage of students go to graduate school after graduating?

Forty percent of students attend graduate school within six months of graduation.

What services are provided for helping international students transition into life on campus ?

From assistance with visas and transportation resources, to hosting activities and events throughout the academic year, we strive to ensure that all incoming students adjust to life in the United States and have a successful educational experience at Furman.

What services does your career centre offer that are specific to international students who want to securely relocate to their home country to work after graduation?

The Malone Centre for Career Engagement seeks to equip international students with the information and tools needed to make well-informed career decisions. Personalised career coaches work with students to ensure that they have access to resources and alumni networking to find career opportunities in the US or in their home countries.

What level of assistance does your career centre provide in helping international students find internships and post graduate employment?

Seventy percent of Furman students complete an internship during their time at Furman. The Internship Office provides a wealth of resources to international students to support finding an internship and offers a one-to-one approach to guide students through the internship search and application process.