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Furman or Wofford: Help me decide!

Hi there! I'm currently deciding between Furman and Wofford for college, but I don't really know much about the differences between them. Can anyone provide any insights on the overall vibes of the schools, academic rigor, and the social scene at each? Also, how does their financial aid compare?

6 months ago

Hi! Both Furman and Wofford are great liberal arts colleges in South Carolina, but they have some differences that might help you make your decision.

Vibes: Furman has a gorgeous campus with a slightly larger student body than Wofford (around 2,700 students compared to Wofford's 1,700). Furman tends to have a more polished and modern feel, while Wofford has more of a cozy, historical atmosphere with its plantation-style architecture.

Academic Rigor: Academically, both institutions have strong programs. Furman may have a slight edge in terms of academic reputation and is known for its personalized education, undergraduate research opportunities, and internship programs. Wofford also offers a strong liberal arts curriculum with its unique “Interim” program, where students take a month-long deep-dive into a single subject of their choice in January.

Social Scene: Greek life is a significant aspect of the social scene at Wofford, with around 50-60% of students involved. Furman also has a Greek presence, but it's slightly less dominant, around 40% of students participating. Both schools offer a variety of clubs and organizations for students to engage with, along with outdoor activities due to their proximity to nature and outdoor recreational areas.

Financial Aid: Both schools offer merit-based scholarships, need-based aid, and grants to eligible students. Furman is more expensive overall, but they generally provide more generous financial aid packages compared to Wofford. You'll want to compare your own financial aid packages for each school, though, to see which one is more affordable for you and your family.

Ultimately, the best way to decide is to visit both campuses (if you haven't already) and see which one feels like a better fit for you in terms of academic offerings, campus life, and financial considerations. Good luck in your decision-making process!

6 months ago

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