Francis Marion University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

Francis Marion University Nursing Building
Francis Marion University Nursing Building. JonTisdale / Wikimedia Commons

Francis Marion University Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 62%, Francis Marion is considered a fairly accessible school. Interested students should submit an application, standardized test scores, and official high school transcripts. For complete instructions and application guidelines, be sure to visit the school's website.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Francis Marion University Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

Francis Marion University Description:

Francis Marion University is a public university located on an attractive 400-acre campus in Florence, South Carolina. The campus features trails, forest, a pond, and an arboretum, and the great majority of buildings have been built or renovated in the past few decades. Students can choose from over 40 areas of study. The university's curriculum has a liberal arts focus, although professional fields such as business and nursing are most popular among undergraduates. At the graduate level, the education programs are most robust. The university serves a largely regional student body with 95% of students hailing from South Carolina. FMU prides itself on providing the kind of individual attention to students that is often absent at larger public universities. The school has a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 21. Student life is active and includes a fraternity and sorority system. On the athletic front, the FMU Patriots compete in the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference. The university fields six men's and six women's intercollegiate sports.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 3,874 (3,559 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 31% Male / 69% Female
  • 88% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,428 (in-state); $20,308 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,003 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,716
  • Other Expenses: $3,544
  • Total Cost: $22,691 (in-state); $32,571 (out-of-state)

Francis Marion University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 98%
    • Loans: 88%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,348
    • Loans: $5,007

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Marketing, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 68%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 34%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 18%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 40%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Cross Country, Track and Field, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Track and Field, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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