The university can actually trace its history to 1957 when, at the behest of local Florence citizens, the University of South Carolina established a “freshman center” at the Florence County Library. In 1961, a permanent campus for what was then known as USC-Florence was established seven miles east of Florence on land donated by the Wallace family. That campus is the current location of FMU.
The FMU Board of Trustees created the Trustees’ Research Scholars program more than a decade ago to reward and recognize top researchers, but teaching remains at the forefront of the Francis Marion faculty experience. The University’s most experienced faculty all lead classes at all levels. Because of this, nearly all classes at FMU are taught by full-time faculty members, not teaching assistants or graduate students.
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FMU residence halls and apartments provide students with a choice of convenient living quarters on campus. All are close (but not too close!) to academic buildings and more. The Housing and Residence Life program promotes academic success by providing modern, attractive facilities in a safe environment. A residence hall or university apartment is more than just a place for sleeping and storing books. It becomes the student's home, the place they will spend most of their time - studying, socializing, and living. That is why we work hard to make sure our residence halls and apartments are inviting, comfortable, and safe places to live and learn.
It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the website of the University's James A. Rogers Library and thank you very sincerely for visiting our pages. Founded in 1970, and still relatively young, the university continues to foster growth of a library designed to be innovative and forward-looking in our approach to library services.
Francis Marion's 468-acre main campus is rightly known for its beauty and serenity. The campus includes acres of mixed pine-hardwood and bottomland forests accessed by a series of trails. The “woodsy” feel is a fit with the surrounding countryside, but the campus trees were carefully cultivated during the early years. Thousands were planted, on what was, at inception, largely farmland. Combined with an equal number of complementary ornamental shrubs and small trees, an oasis of beauty was created.
The Francis Marion athletics program is a member of the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference, which consists of 13 member schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The school sponsors six intercollegiate men's sports (baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, and tennis) and six women's sports (basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.) The Patriot women's soccer team and the men's golf team both compete as NCAA Division I independents.
Academics come first, but it’s not all work at Francis Marion. Students can join the campus community through array of organizations ranging from faith-based groups like Baptist College Ministry (BCM) and the Young, Gifted and Blessed Choir, to special interest groups, academic honor societies, social fraternities and sororities and much more.
Francis Marion University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and specialist level degrees. The university is approved by the S.C. State Board of Education and is a member of the American Council on Education and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. A number of FMU’s individual academic programs have also been accredited by specialized agencies.