I have young children, so the idea of navigating the college search process as a parent seems light years away. But I know it’s coming. When it does, there’s no doubt that I’ll be able to spout of a litany of reasons why my kids should pick a school.
I’ll coax them to consider all the aspects of fit – like size, majors, athletics, safety, Early Decision, Early Action, superscore, Restricted EA, Greek life, test optional, etc. No doubt their heads will be spinning. But because I live and breathe the technical side of college admissions every day, there’s one important thing I may forget to tell them.
But not if my nephew can help it! He recently navigated the college search process, and he kindly clued me in on a driving force behind his own college decision: the surrounding community at the campuses he visited. Well, of course, I thought. How could I forget about that?
Particularly because I had just read an article by Jeff Kallay, Principal at Render Experiences about that very topic. “It is tempting for families to try to cram in two or three campus visits a day,” says Kallay, “but it is essential to set time aside to experience the surrounding communities of the college(s) they are considering.”
This got me thinking about how important location really is in a student’s college decision. Which got me thinking about how amazing the Greenville and surrounding area is. Which led me to create this list of amazing things to see and do when you visit Furman University. These are things my family and I do all the time:
10. The Peace Center
With a 2,100-seat concert hall, a 400-seat theatre, an amphitheatre, a sophisticated patrons’ lounge, and a variety of indoor and outdoor meeting, rehearsal, and event spaces, the Peace Center has become the hub of cultural life in Upstate South Carolina. Enjoy classical, dance, jazz, country, bluegrass, folk, pop, and comedy performers…as well as a full calendar of top Broadway shows are equally spectacular on the Peace Center’s stages.
9. The Furman University Golf Course
Play a round of golf, enjoy Furman’s beautiful campus and try one of the best cheeseburgers in the area!
8. M. Judson Bookstore
The Furman Bookstore located on Main St. in Downtown Greenville. A great place to pick up a book, sip some coffee and eat a delicious Chocolate Moose Cupcake. You can also grab some unique Furman gear while you’re there!
7. Trolley Tour of Downtown Greenville
A great and fun way to see Greenville is on an vintage, open-air trolley! Downtown trolleys are fare free, and operate on Thursdays and Fridays from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m., and on Sundays from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m.
6. The TD Stage on the Reedy River
Enjoy your Friday and Saturday night watching free concerts along the Reedy River!
5. Walk across the Liberty Bridge in the middle of Downtown Greenville
Pro-tip: Grab an ice cream cone at Spill the Beans to enjoy while you walk!
4. Grab Breakfast at Tandem in Downtown Travelers Rest
A Furman student favorite! The best crepes in town and a great environment. Furman students love to ride their bikes here on a Saturday or Sunday morning!
3. Sit in the seats atop the Green Monster at Flour Field
Spend an evening at the Home of the Greenville Drive (an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) and the Furman Paladins Baseball Team.
2. Check our the panoramic view of Downtown Greenville at “Up on the Roof” of the Embassy Suites Hotel
Up on the Roof is a stylish, rooftop hangout featuring modern American eats & craft cocktails, plus the best scenic city views. Try to get there to watch the sunset!
1 The Swamp Rabbit Trail
Take a walk, jog or bike ride on the 22 mile long Swamp Rabbit Trail! Pop into the many stops along the way for refreshments!
By: Brad Pochard, Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions