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Furman University is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian university in Greenville, which is the county seat of Greenville County, situated in the US state of South Carolina, with a population estimated at a number of more than 50 000 inhabitants, during the 2000 census, fact which makes it the 3rd largest city in the state, and the largest city of the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson Combined Statistical Area (CSA), which, in 2006, had more than 1 million people, living within its limits.
Furman University was founded in 1826, as a Men's Academy and Theological Institute, at Edgefield, SC, being relocated in Greenville, in 1850, shortly after being renamed after Richard Furman of Charleston, SC, a prominent minister and president of the first Baptist convention in America, the Triennial Convention. Since then, the university continuously grew, being today, the oldest, largest and most selective private institution in South Carolina, as well as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the United States.
The university offers its students, who number about 3000, majors and programs in 42 subjects, Furman being highly ranked by various significant publications, over the years, for many of its educational programs, including by US News and World Report, which placed it 4th among "Best Undergraduate Research Programs", along with MIT, Stanford and Michigan, as well as by the American Institute of Physics, which named the university one of 35 schools whose physics departments offer a bachelor's as their highest degree to average 10 or more undergraduate degrees for the classes of 2003, 2004 and 2005, the same magazine naming Furman number 9 in their top 10 most socially conservative schools in 2009.
Furman's athletic teams are known as the Furman Paladins, who compete in NCAA Division I athletics, in 17 men's and women's sports, including 16 club sports and many intramural teams, Furman University being the only liberal arts college to be ranked in Sports Illustrated Top 100 America's Best Sports Colleges, having not less than 32 former student-athletes who compete at at the professional level - the most of any Southern Conference member school. The Paladins have experienced victory, in many of their sports, over the years, including in football, in which, in 1988, they won the NCAA I-AA National Football Championship, also having notable achievements in other sports, besides football, including in soccer, golf, tennis, rugby and lacrosse.
Among the most resonant names, on the list of notable alumni, there are: Charles Townes - Nobel Prize in Physics winner, inventor of the maser, laid theoretical groundwork for invention of laser, Ben Browder - Three-time Saturn Awards winner for Best Actor on Television on Farscape, Betsy Byars - children's author, winner of the Newbery Medal, a National Book Award, an Edgar Award and the Regina Medal, David C. Garrett, Jr. - Former CEO of Delta Air Lines, and Herman Lay - Founder of the Lay's Corporation, later creating the largest-selling snack food company in the US, the Frito-Lay corporation, among many others.
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