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Furman University ‘making an impact’ in Princeton Review

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Published Feb. 15, 2016

Furman University is rated among the nation’s top five schools for making an impact in a newly released publication by The Princeton Review.

In the 2016 edition of Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck, Furman is ranked No. 5 in the special category of “best schools for making an impact.” The list ranks the schools based on student responses to survey questions about community service, student government, sustainability and student engagement on campus.

“We highly recommend all of our Colleges That Pay You Back schools,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president-publisher and lead author of the book. “They stand out not only for their outstanding academics, but also for their affordability via comparatively low sticker prices or generous financial aid to students with need or both. Students at these colleges also have access to extraordinary career services programs from their freshman year on, plus a lifetime of alumni connections and postgrad support.”

Each week, hundreds of students volunteer in the community through the Heller Service Corps, according to Furman University. From tutoring to hosting on-campus events, the 50-year-old service organization works with social service agencies to help children, older adults and those who are developmentally disabled. The university also is a member of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.

Furman University has earned a Stars Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in recognition of its sustainability achievements. This spring, the Conservative Conservation Corps., a volunteer component of the Shi Center for Sustainability, will weatherize its 100th home, a service made available for low-income community members.

The Princeton Review selected Furman among the 200 schools that “pay you back” based on return on investment ratings it tallied for 650 schools last year. The ratings weighted 40 data points that covered everything from academics, cost and financial aid to graduation rates, student debt, alumni salaries and job satisfaction. The schools are listed alphabetically in the publication.

The data was gathered from the Princeton Review’s surveys of administrators and students in 2014-2015 and from PayScale.com’s surveys of school alumni through April 2015.

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