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Study at Francis Marion University

Francis Marion University was established in 1970 and named after Brigadier General Francis Marion, the American Revolutionary War hero. It was originally called Francis Marion College and gained university status in 1992. The university is located in Florence, South Carolina, and enrolls more than 4, 000 students annually. The university has two schools and one college under it, which are:

  • College of Liberal Arts
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
The athletics program of Francis Marion University is under the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference and has twelve member schools. The school sponsors 7 women's sports – basketball, soccer, cross country, tennis, softball, volleyball and track and field, as well as 7 men's sports – basketball, baseball, golf, soccer, cross country, track and field, and tennis.

Profile of Francis Marion University

Florence, SC is home to Francis Marion. Florence is a rural site not far from an urban area. The school is a public institution. Degrees at Francis Marion go up to the Master's degree.

Course Topics

Students commonly pursue studies in mathematics, science, and art studies.

Francis Marion Selectivity

Prospective students are advised that admissions are not open to all; the school selects from among qualified applicants. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 430. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 440 and 530.


Francis Marion has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

The school has 3, 864 enrolled students .

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at Francis Marion. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Francis Marion offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Peach Belt Conference.

Francis Marion Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management162business management, marketing, MIS, accounting, finance, managerial economics
Liberal Arts114political science, English, sociology, history, foreign language and literature, liberal arts and sciences, economics, international relations
Education and Teaching111special education, elementary school teaching, early childhood education, education of learning disabled, art education, secondary teaching, middle school teaching
Science87biology, physics, chemistry
Therapy and Counselling52psychology, community psychology
Media29mass communication
Nursing and Emergency Medicine28registered nursing
Art Studies19art studies
Computer Science and Engineering12computer and info science
Engineering Technician4engineering technician
Drama and Performing Arts1drama

Contact: Francis Marion

Francis Marion University

4822 East Palmetto Street

Florence, SC 29506

General Phone: (843) 661-1362


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