Furman Admission Requirements

Greenville, South Carolina

Chances of getting into Furman University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Furman University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionLow

How hard is it to get into Furman and can I get accepted? The school has a 61% acceptance rate ranking it #15 in South Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 3,339 out of 5,469 applicants were admitted making Furman a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 16 percent. Furman University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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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 630
SAT Math 25th 600
SAT Composite 25th 1230
SAT Scores for Furman University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 710
SAT Math 75th 700
SAT Composite 75th 1410
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 requires 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. The school ranks #1 in South Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 40 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Furman University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1410 and Above Good >73%
1320 to 1410 Avg + 61%-73%
1230 to 1320 Avg - 48%-61%
1140 to 1230 Reach 35%-48%
Less than 1140 Low <35%
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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 27
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for Furman University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
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 28 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 12 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 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 for highest average ACT composite score. 50 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Furman University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 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 >73%
30 to 32 Avg + 61%-73%
28 to 30 Avg - 48%-61%
26 to 28 Reach 35%-48%
Less than 26 Low <35%
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Furman GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. 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 3.74 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #6 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 61% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.74 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

High School Class Rank

76% 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 48%
Top 25% of class 76%
Top 50% of class 93%
Bottom 50% of class 7%
Bottom 25% of class 1%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House


Admission Statistics

Furman University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,256 2,213 5,469
Accepted 2,096 1,243 3,339
Acceptance Rate 64% 56% 61%
Enrolled 418 293 711
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 24% 21%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2020
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2020.

Admission Requirements

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

Furman University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
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

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
Centre College

Danville, Kentucky

Denison University

Granville, Ohio

Earlham College

Richmond, Indiana

American University

Washington, District Of Columbia

Rhodes College

Memphis, Tennessee

Holy Cross College

Notre Dame, Indiana

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

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?

61% of those who apply are granted admission to Furman. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional 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 1410. 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 28 and 32. 50% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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