Francis Marion University

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.

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Contacting Francis Marion

Francis Marion University
4822 East Palmetto Street
Florence , SC 29506
General Phone: (843) 661-1362

Francis Marion Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching140education of learning disabled, special education, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, art education
Business and Management133business management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, MIS, marketing
Liberal Arts100foreign language and literature, English, liberal arts and sciences, economics, international relations, political science, sociology, history
Science71biology, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counseling55psychology, community psychology
Media36mass communication
Nursing and Emergency Medicine33registered nursing
Art Studies20art studies
Computer Science and Engineering4computer and info science
Drama and Performing Arts3drama
Music0music management
Engineering Technician0engineering technician

Number of programs and degrees for Francis Marion in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree50130
Master's degree1047

Francis Marion Student Body

In 2007-2008, Francis Marion had a total enrollment of 3,864 students (3,402 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 33%
Women 67%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 83%
Graduate 17%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 54%
Black 39%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 5%
18-19 35%
20-21 28%
22-24 15%
25-29 6%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Carolina96%
(International Students)1%

Francis Marion Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 68 %

Francis Marion Room and Board (2007)

Francis Marion offers campus housing for 1,530 of its 3,402 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Florence, South Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Francis Marion Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal420520
SAT Math420530
SAT Writing400500
ACT Verbal1621
ACT Math1720
ACT Composite1821

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT67%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT30%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Francis Marion Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,632
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,979
Room and board $ 6,024
Room charge $ 3,424
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,600
Books and supplies $ 1,133
Other expenses $ 4,888

Financial Aid:
Francis Marion participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 922600)

Francis Marion Faculty

Francis Marion has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3338
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1620

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year5$95,4401*
Associate professorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year6$92,2711*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year45$76,01210$75,772
Associate professoracademic year20$63,32316$56,776
Assistant professoracademic year41$54,23545$49,646
Instructoracademic year4$42,84711$48,161
All faculty totalacademic year110$64,38282$54,024

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Francis Marion Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Peach Belt Conference
Baseball Peach Belt Conference
Track Peach Belt Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports365692

Francis Marion Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, Other

Engineering Technician
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Music Management and Merchandising

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Community Psychology
Psychology, General

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What Sets Francis Marion Apart:

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Top 13%Francis Marion Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 15%Francis Marion % of degrees in mathematics
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Top 16%Francis Marion % of degrees in art studies
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Top 16%Francis Marion % of full-time faculty on tenure track
Female % of student body
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Top 16%Francis Marion Female % of student body
% of degrees in business and management
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Top 18%Francis Marion % of degrees in business and management
Number of students
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Top 19%Francis Marion Number of students
Number of degree programs
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Top 20%Francis Marion Number of degree programs

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checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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