Common Application Supplement
Furman University approaches the admission process holistically, meaning that
the Admission Committee strives to get to know each applicant on an individual
basis. We seek students who possess an intellectual curiosity, demonstrate
commitment to their communities, and display leadership through service and
civic engagement. In short, our goal is to shape a community with students who
understand that education allows for the development of minds as well as hearts.
Accordingly, at Furman, we believe that a student’s potential for success cannot
be determined solely by standardized test scores. In light of this, submitting
SAT and ACT scores is optional.
Optional Short Answer
Furman’s Admission Committee invites you to take advantage of this additional
opportunity to tell us more about yourself by answering one of these questions
in 250 words or less.
- Passion has been defined as “the object of an intense desire, ardent affection, or enthusiasm.” How would you define
passion in your life? What are the ideas, people, and experiences about which you feel passionate?
- Describe a time when you felt it was necessary to challenge authority in the defense of fairness. What did you learn?
- The author Frederick Buechner said, “The time is ripe for . . . sifting through the things we have done and the things
we have left undone for a clue to who we are and who, for better or worse, we are becoming.” As you look back
over your life up to this point, what things have you done that provide clues about who you are and who you are
I decline the opportunity of writing an answer.