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Frequently Asked Questions

Advantage Scholars Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend Advantage Scholars?

All incoming Furman Freshmen who are recipients of the Duke, Hollingsworth, Lay and Townes scholarships are invited to attend.  Four counselors who are current Furman students will also be attending.

What is the cost to attend Advantage Scholars?

Advantage Scholars is at no cost to you, other than travel expenses to and from Greenville.  Your scholarship covers the cost of this program.

When does the program begin and end?

Check-in is from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 17.  The program ends at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 21.

Do I (and/or my parents) need to get a place to stay?

Lodging is provided on campus for students, and family members do not need to stay.  Unlike orientation, there are no planned activities for parents—this is a students-only experience.

Do I still need to attend summer orientation?

Yes. Advantage Scholars is NOT a substitution for summer orientation. We recommend scholars attend the June 21 – 22 summer orientation.  Advantage Scholars ends at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, which is when the June 21- 22 session of summer orientation begins. If this doesn’t work for your schedule, you may attend a different orientation session.

If I am flying into GSP, will I need to arrange my own transportation to Furman?

We will work with you to provide rides from GSP on Sunday, June 17.  If you are staying for summer orientation, then you can arrange airport transportation with the summer orientation folks. If you are not staying for the June 21-22 summer orientation session and need a ride to the airport on June 21, please indicate this on your registration form so we can arrange that for you.

How do I register?

Click here to register. 

What do I need to bring?  How will I know what to pack?

Once you have registered, we will send you additional information including how to prepare and what to pack.

I still have questions.  Whom should I contact?

You can email Jill Fuson, the Riley Institute’s Director of the Center for Critical Issues at or call Jill at 864-294-3280.