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Chances of getting into Furman University


Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Furman University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionLow
How hard is it to get into Furman and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Furman is 65%.  It ranks #15 in South Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Furman is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 3,389 out of 5,194 applicants were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 14 percent (SAT 1230/1400 ACT 29/32). Furman University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.62. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 15% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Furman application fee is $50 and applications are due by Jan 15.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Furman University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 40% of students submitted SAT scores and 50% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Furman SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Furman University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 610
SAT Math 25th 620
SAT Composite 25th 1230
SAT Scores for Furman University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 700
SAT Math 75th 700
SAT Composite 75th 1400
Average SAT Score 1320

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Furman University?

Furman University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 20 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1230 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1140. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1320 out of 1600. Furman ranks #1 in South Carolina and #111 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 40 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Furman University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1400 and Above Good >76%
1315 to 1400 Avg + 65%-76%
1230 to 1315 Avg - 52%-65%
1145 to 1230 Reach 39%-52%
Less than 1145 Low <39%
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Furman ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Furman University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 30
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 29
ACT Scores for Furman University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 30
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 30

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Furman?

Admission data indicates that Furman regularly accepts students with ACT's of 29 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 9 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in South Carolina and #97 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 50 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Furman University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Furman University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
32 and Above Good >79%
30 to 32 Avg + 65%-79%
29 to 30 Avg - 57%-65%
28 to 29 Reach 48%-57%
Less than 28 Low <48%
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Furman GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. Weighted High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

What GPA do you need to get into Furman University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Furman. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Furman University was 3.62 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #16 in South Carolina for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Furman accepts 65% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

77% of Furman University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Furman University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 44%
Top 25% of class 77%
Top 50% of class 96%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Furman University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,982 2,212 5,194
Accepted 2,037 1,352 3,389
Acceptance Rate 68% 61% 65%
Enrolled 307 212 519
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 15% 16% 15%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2022
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Furman University is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Furman University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Furman University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Considered but not required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Furman University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=218070 IPEDS survey data for Furman University.


Does Furman University prefer SAT or ACT?

40% of students submit their SAT scores to Furman. 50% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Furman University?

65% of those who apply are granted admission to Furman. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Furman University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1230 and 1400. 40% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Furman University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 29 and 32. 50% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.