Francis Marion University: Narrative Description

views updated


PO Box 100547
Florence, SC 29501-0547
Tel: (843)661-1362
Free: 800-368-7551
Admissions: (843)661-1231
Fax: (843)661-4635
Web Site:


State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1970. Setting: 309-acre rural campus. Endowment: $200,000. Research spending 2003-04: $250,236. Educational spending 2003-04: $4454 per student. Total enrollment: 3,698. Faculty: 213 (170 full-time, 43 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 2,179 applied, 76% were admitted. 12% from top 10% of their high school class, 34% from top quarter, 72% from top half. 7 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,918 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 309 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 31 states and territories, 21 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 40% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 11% 25 or older, 44% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 65% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; biological/life sciences; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of South Carolina, Florence-Darlington Technical College, Clemson University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $5405 full-time, $270 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,810 full-time, $540 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $135 full-time, $2 per credit hour part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $4656. College room only: $2500. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 60 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 10% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Baptist Campus Ministries, Education Club, University Ambassadors, Psychology Club, Campus Outreach. Major annual events: Homecoming, Arts Alive, Springfest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,381 college housing spaces available; 1,358 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. James A. Rogers Library plus 1 other with 332,043 books, 351,613 microform titles, 1,559 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.6 million. 551 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Florence-Darlington Technical College.

More From