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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, Jolley, Lay, Mickel 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 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 24. The program ends at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 28.

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 28 – 29 summer orientation. Advantage Scholars ends at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 28, which is when the June 28- 29 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?

If you are arriving before 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 24, we will do our best to provide a ride to Furman from GSP. We are not able to provide rides after summer orientation, but if you are not staying for the June 28-29 summer orientation session and need a ride to the airport on June 28, please indicate this on your registration form. We may have a counselor who is available to give you a ride there.

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.