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Expect college wait lists to be obnoxiously long this year

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Furman bell tower in spring.

With COVID-19, the models admissions officers traditionally use to predict the number of students who will enroll at their universities are less reliable. Factors like whether international students will make it to campus, the status of in-person versus remote classes, the financial hit taken by families, and rates of COVID-19 infection and vaccination all play into students’ decisions, and by extension, the decisions of those in admissions offices everywhere. The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) reached out to Brad Pochard, associate vice president  for enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid at Furman University. He said applications are up 36%, but that may not translate to higher yield. His bet is on admitting a greater number of students outright.

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‘Lead bold and thrilling lives’ – Furman celebrates Commencement for the class of 2021

More than 500 students received their degrees in an in-person ceremony in Paladin Stadium.

The Furman bell tower

Students, faculty honored at 2020 and 2021 commencement ceremonies

Students receive awards for scholarship, general culture, participation in college activities and high moral character; faculty receive awards for teaching, advising.

Trude Heller passes away at 98

Namesake of Furman's Heller Service Corps was a long-time servant leader in Greenville.

2021 Senior Spotlight

From graduate school to the Fed to a high-powered law firm position, this year's Senior Spotlight students show us what's possible at Furman.