We offer many programs, services, and resources for students. Please browse the summary of our student programs below and click on the program links to read more information.
Each summer, the Center offers a fun and inspiring ten-day residential program for incoming freshmen. We gather a group of thoughtful, mature, and open-minded students who are willing to be stretched beyond their individual comfort zones. Guided by experienced Furman teachers and mentors and stimulated by new friends of different backgrounds, participants will learn to be more appreciative of their own “life stories” as they discover that discernment of personal vocation yields authentic and unique human beings. Click here to learn more about Summer Connections and to apply.
During spring break each year, the Center leads a group of students on a study away service-learning program. This program has an emphasis on vocational exploration in three aspects: faith and social action, social and economic justice, and international humanitarian efforts. Not only are global perspectives enlightened, but many students return to campus and the community more attuned to local economic injustices and struggles and seek ways to connect with programs, projects, and organizations that work to solve these problems. In past years, groups have traveled to Cuba; Cuernavaca, Mexico (Center for Intercultural Dialogue on Development); and New York City. Click here to learn more about the FOCUS Program.
Each semester, students are invited to a dinner conversation. Two members of the faculty share their vocational story and students are allowed to ask questions and dialogue with the participants. This event is free (dinner provided) for students and faculty/staff guests. Space is limited, so register today for the next Conversations! Click here to learn more about Conversations.
A year-long partner dialogue with a faculty member at Furman. Students are awarded mini-grants for this program each year. Click here to learn more about our Partners program for students.
An overnight program each term provides opportunities for students to learn specific life skills or explore vocationally relevant topics. Guest faculty and staff members attend this retreat with students each term as well. Click here to learn more about the Rinker Mountain Retreats for students.
Each spring, an opportunity is given for a select number of students to spend a quiet weekend of reflection and contemplation at a monastery near Charleston, South Carolina. Students may attend any and all prayer and worship services in the abbey church and participate in the monastic choir. Due to the limited number of spaces available each year, students are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Click here to learn more about the Gallivan Retreat at Mepkin Abbey.
These hikes, offered in the fall and spring terms, provide students with the opportunity to “get away” from day-to-day routine and activity and focus on contemplation and reflection in a beautiful outdoor setting. Click here to learn more about the Pilgrimage Hikes.
The Center facilitates many opportunities throughout the year for students, faculty, and staff, to engage the Greenville and Upstate community. Participants learn about the local community, connect with service and ministry organizations, as well as hear the stories of those in settings across the city related to issues such as homelessness and poverty. The groups are also able to assist with hands-on projects like building renovation, community gardening, and serving meals, as needed by the partnering organizations. Click here to learn more about the Community Service-Learning programs.