Francis Marion University

2014 Quick Stats
PO Box 100547

Florence, SC 29502-0547

Phone: (843) 661-1362
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Aug. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#73 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Francis Marion University is a public institution that was founded in 1970. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,780, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 400 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Francis Marion University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 73. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,386 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $18,364 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

FMU is named in honor of South Carolina's Revolutinary War hero, General Francis Marion, who was nicknamed the "Swamp Fox" for using the terrain to out-fox the British.

Based upon a strong general education foundation, FMU offers a broad range of undergraduate majors in liberal arts, business, and education. At the graduate level, FMU offers degrees in business, education, nursing, and psychology.

At FMU, students receive a high-value education at an affordable cost. The FMU faculty provides personal attention in small class settings, focusing on quality instruction and experiential learning opportunities. A vibrant campus life offers intellectual, social, and cultural opportunities that positively engage students in the collegiate environment while preparing them to succeed in life.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1970
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $23,539,340


When applying to Francis Marion University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Francis Marion University is $32. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 58.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 58.9%
Application deadline August 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Francis Marion University is 16:1, and the school has 36 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Francis Marion University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Social Sciences; and Education. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 67 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 18%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 20%
Health Professions and Related Programs 17%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 15%
Social Sciences 11%
Education 8%

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Student Life

Francis Marion University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,780, with a gender distribution of 32.6 percent male students and 67.4 percent female students. At this school, 40 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 60 percent of students live off campus. Francis Marion University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,093
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Francis Marion University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, day care, health service, and health insurance. Francis Marion University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Francis Marion University, 67 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Francis Marion University.

Students who have cars on campus 67%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Francis Marion University, 83.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,454.

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In-state tuition and fees $9,386 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $18,364 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,032 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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