They looked at our reputation and our student experience – a mix of mentoring, reflection, engaged learning and belonging – and saw their place at Furman.
Arriving amid the global pandemic, the Class of 2024 showed a determination that was matched only by our faculty and staff’s resolve in welcoming them. In the 2020-21 academic year, 519 first-year students joined the Furman family. Recruited almost entirely virtually, 28% are from South Carolina, 70% are from out of state and 2% are from outside the United States.
While these new students came to know Furman in a way that reflected the challenges of the pandemic, they uphold the university’s tradition of academic excellence. They are among the world’s most academically talented, with 44% ranking in the top 10% of their high school graduating class, an average SAT score of 1334 and average ACT score of 30. These students continue Furman’s trend toward increasingly diverse classes, with 23% non-international students of color and 13% first-generation students. In addition to the 519 first-year students, 22 transfer students enrolled in Fall 2020.