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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B-
Francis Marion is a public university located in South Carolina. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,883 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Francis Marion acceptance rate is 64%. Popular majors include Nursing, Biology, and Psychology. Graduating 39% of students, Francis Marion alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,300.
4822 East Palmetto Street
Florence, SC 29506
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About Francis Marion...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Peach Belt Conference

Francis Marion University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Francis Marion Admissions

Acceptance Rate
64%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
810-1030
ACT Range
17-22
Application Fee
$41
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$11,796/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,948/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.58 responses
55%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.62 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.62 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    11%
  • On Campus
    89%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,883Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
599
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
60%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 45 responses
  • Some good and bad, some surprise you
    36%
  • Somewhat dedicated
    20%
  • Typical
    18%
  • Open-minded
    13%
  • Ratchet
    11%
  • I'm a online student
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
57%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.80 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.88 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 43 responses
  • Okay
    26%
  • Small and personal
    23%
  • Close-knit community
    14%
  • Okay but needs a little improvement
    14%
  • Local
    7%
  • Could improve
    5%
  • I wish I transferred
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$33,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
39%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.42 responses
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Francis Marion University is a very bright and hard working University! They welcome all of their students with open arms and are very dedicated to making sure all students succeed in their course of study. With me being an upcoming sophomore at Francis Marion, i have been taught numerous of things. My freshman year was a difficult task simply because college was new to me , but the staff and students dedicated their free time to all of the new students who attended. I was blessed to be apart of the best organization on campus , the Francis Marion Diplomats. We are basically the face of Francis Marion. Our mission is to represent Francis Marion and make all new students feel like their at home. From the beautiful scenery on Francis Marion’s campus to the very educated staff we have, Francis Marion is by far the best college that I’ve even known of!
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I strongly believe that the professors at Francis Marion actually care about their students. With the current pandemic, and the transition to online learning, I am able to email my professors at any time of the day with any questions that I may have content-related, and they will be willing to help in any way that they can. The transition from classroom-based learning to online learning has not been the easiest, but I feel as though the professors are doing everything in their power to assist the students. Zoom sessions, emails, PowerPoints, etc., are all ways that our professors at FMU have been able to assist us in making the transition easier. I feel strongly that my overall time at Francis Marion, including online learning, has been able to help shape me to be as great as I possibly can be in my future career endeavors.
Francis Marion university is such a welcoming university with intelligent professors that will put you, as the student, through obstacles that will only help you in the long run. The campus has beautiful scenery that is like right out of a book. The environment is calm and safe and getting involved is so much fun!