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.
Education That Transforms
This transformative educational experience is The Furman Advantage: a university experience unlike any other, rooted in the liberal arts and sciences and reimagined to focus more intentionally on preparing students for lives of purpose, fulfillment, and accelerated career and community impact in a diverse, global world.
Many universities claim to offer a unique educational experience, but student surveys show that very few schools deliver on this promise. By building on our existing strengths and innovative pilot programs already underway, Furman University is carving out a space that sets us apart: a personalized educational experience that provides lifelong value for every student.
What distinguishes our program is that it integrates a guided journey of self-discovery into a personalized academic path and tracks both progress and outcomes. Going forward, each student will embark on an individualized, coordinated, four-year pathway of academic study, self-reflection, and mentorship by a diverse network of experts that corresponds with project-based and community-centered learning, career exploration and internships, faculty research collaborations, and immersive global experiences.
This dynamic education model will create a set of interconnected student experiences in which each year builds on the year before, reinforcing the unfolding process of intellectual growth, self-knowledge, cultural competence, and professional preparation.
Furman’s program will prepare students to live and lead in a complex, global world by demonstrating the power of diverse experiences, identities, and cultures. By learning from differences and from commonalities, students will gain a new set of tools for navigating the world.
An innovative, team-based advising model will provide a diverse community of expert mentors to help guide students along this path. We also are building best-in-class tools to track this trajectory, providing every student with a robust portfolio of their academic and co-curricular experiences—tangible evidence for prospective employers, graduate programs, and parents of their unparalleled progress and outcomes.
Through greatly expanded engaged learning experiences that connect classroom work to meaningful research, global study, professional practice, and projects that have direct community impact, students will benefit from both our intimate campus environment and a university with infinite horizons that span from local to global.
Communities That Flourish
The Furman Advantage will foster thriving communities—communities on campus that actively engage our students, faculty, and staff, as well as communities in South Carolina and beyond.
Our concept of community starts at home. Our intimate campus and commitment to the success of every member of the Furman community means we support one another to give our best, every day. We believe that an inclusive community that celebrates and engages difference creates the space we need to learn and develop new ideas. And then we expand that concept far beyond the boundaries of campus, advancing the well-being of the diverse communities in Greenville and around the world.
The Furman Advantage is redefining community engagement, creating an innovative model of community-centered learning. Furman students will join forces with faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to explore and address real-world problems, responding directly to community needs while discovering what works.
An array of interdisciplinary, public-facing institutes that coordinate with a wide array of campus and community partners will build on the classroom experience by facilitating research, internships, and collaborative projects that drive community impact and generate knowledge that will be applicable and scalable to communities and organizations locally and around the world. They will provide students with unique access to networks and connections, opening doors and creating career opportunities.
Furman will create and fund appropriate organizational structures to support all of Furman’s community-facing work, identifying needs and opportunities for partnerships, enabling external partners to connect with the intellectual capital of the university, catalyzing innovative new efforts and approaches, and providing infrastructure and coordination across campus.
Connections That Endure
With this bold set of initiatives, we aim 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.
Our faculty, staff, alumni, and community members will guide students on a personalized trajectory that helps them discern their calling and discover deeply satisfying careers, address critical social issues, and improve the well-being of their communities.
The power of this journey will come from our ability to move forward as a connected community network: embracing and seeking out diversity of talent, experience, perspective, and identity as we work together to prepare our students to enter a complex and ever-changing world.
At a time when the world needs leaders who can cross divisive boundaries to create shared progress, Furman will develop graduates who can work across differences and who are able to apply their broad knowledge of culture, history, and human experience to both lead and collaborate.
By intentionally integrating classwork, mentorship, and experiences with self-reflection and discovery, The Furman Advantage will contribute to a better society, creating the next generation of thoughtful leaders prepared to make a lasting impact.
We have the opportunity to create a university without boundaries and commit to a new kind of experience for every single student—an educational experience driven by passion and guided with purpose, preparing the next generation of leaders, better than any other institution, for a successful and meaningful life.
Elements of The Furman Advantage
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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.