I am an alumna of Furman University and the mom of a prospective incoming Furman freshman. In my experience of Furman in the early 90s, your son would certainly have felt extremely comfortable as a conservative Christian and he would’ve been in the majority. My impression of Furman now is that a conservative Christian would still feel comfortable but would maybe not enjoy the majority status that conservative students enjoyed when I was there. There are fewer conservative Christian groups than there were when I was a student, and, from what I can tell, the ultra-conservative Christian groups that were there when I was a student no longer exist. I’m certain there are still some ultra-conservative churches in the Greenville area.
Personally, I take issue with the word “woke,” as it’s now used almost exclusively in a pejorative way, which also seems to be the way you’re using it. I would say that what the profs and curriculum at Furman are like will depend on what your son majors in. When I was there, the professors in the Religion, Philosophy, and Sociology departments were considered to be to the left or far left (conservative Christians at the time would warn against majoring in any of these areas because of the “secular” professors). Many other departments had a more neutral feel to them (especially the sciences, the business department, and the music department). At least one professor in the Poli Sci department who is actually still on faculty there was known to be far right and was vocally a conservative Christian. I don’t know as much about current professors/departments except to say the Religion department has continued on a more progressive path and now focuses broadly on world religions and comparative religion.
Furman was and is a very friendly, open social atmosphere. I would not say it is an apolitical student body, but it definitely doesn’t have the super-political feel, with lots of protests and demonstrations, that you would find at a place like University of Michigan or similar schools. It has an unusually strong Greek presence for a school its size (more so for sororities than for fraternities), but having an active, fulfilling social life does not depend on Greek involvement.
I know as an alumna I will sound biased, but I disagree with one of the statements above that Furman is not as good academically as Davidson or Richmond. Davidson is more widely known and has a strong and well-deserved reputation, but Furman is absolutely academically rigorous and prepares its students for grad school/med school/law school as well as any school I know (I say this as someone who has worked with college students, primarily University of Michigan undergraduate and graduate students, for more than 20 years). Many, many incoming Furman students graduated from high school with (unweighted) 4.0s, but only a handful of students - I’m talking 3 or 4 students most years - graduate from Furman with a 4.0. I earned my masters and my doctorate alongside graduates of Richmond and Davidson and I felt as prepared as, if not more prepared than, any of them for graduate level work.
One last thing regarding selecting a college as a conservative Christian. I was a conservative Christian when I started at Furman, and I started there when Furman was still considered a Southern Baptist school (those ties were officially severed during my junior year there). My first semester at Furman, I became involved in conservative Christian groups, made many conservative Christian friends, and visited several conservative churches. Even so, by the time I graduated from Furman, I was no longer a conservative Christian; I was still a Christian, but I had a radically different belief system than I’d started with and I was involved in causes, protests, and advocacy work that you would probably label as “woke.” All of this is to say - the college experience is an odyssey that changes a person, or should. If a student fully engages the experience of college academically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually, with an open mind and heart - they really shouldn’t emerge as the same person they were when they graduated high school. Your son can do his best to find a school that feels safe and comfortable for conservative Christians, but he still may find himself questioning some of his core beliefs. There’s no reason to be afraid of that - his beliefs should be able to withstand the challenge of critical reflection.
My apologies for such a lengthy reply - I clearly have a lot to share about Furman on this topic!