Our Vision

The Furman Advantage guarantees every student an unparalleled education that combines classroom learning with real-world experiences and self-discovery. This integrated four-year pathway prepares students for lives of purpose and accelerated career and community impact—demonstrating in concrete terms the value of a Furman education.

Executive Summary

Boldly embracing a new iteration of our historic mission, Furman University is transforming the educational experiences of our students—and setting a new standard in higher education—delivering to the world thoughtful, self-confident graduates dedicated to building community well-being through self-discovery, civic leadership, and personal and professional success in their chosen fields.

Our Rationale

In this moment, we see an opportunity to launch a bold set of initiatives to become the model for what the world needs today from a university: a center of learning that reinvigorates the notion that the private good of educated individuals must inevitably accrue to the public good of community well-being.

Drawing on a wellspring of history and proven success, we look confidently to the next iteration of our mission and make a bold promise to our students and the communities we serve: Furman University will provide each and every one of our students with an unparalleled educational experience guided by a community of experts from within and outside of the campus, united by the aims of cultivating educated, confident, and successful leaders who are focused on addressing critical societal issues and dedicated to improving the well-being of their communities.

Our Approach

Furman will create a new type of university experience, rooted in a strong liberal arts and sciences foundation, and reimagined to focus more intentionally on preparing students for lives of purpose, fulfillment, and accelerated career and community impact. Through an individualized, coordinated, four-year pathway of academic study, self-reflection, and mentorship that corresponds with project-based and community-centered learning, career exploration and internships, faculty research collaborations, exposure to different perspectives, and immersive global experiences, students will benefit from both intimacy and scale, residentially based on one of the most beautiful campuses in the world and actively extending their experience into our communities in South Carolina and beyond. In developing this holistic experience, we will create a diverse, empowered, and networked community of faculty, students, alumni, and partners unlike any other.

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The Furman Advantage guarantees every student an unparalleled education that combines classroom learning with real-world experiences and self-discovery. This integrated four-year pathway prepares students for lives of purpose and accelerated career and community impact—demonstrating in concrete terms the value of a Furman education.