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Francis Marion University, founded in 1970, is one of South Carolina's 13 state-assisted universities. As one of the state's six comprehensive institutions, FMU prides itself on providing a strong liberal arts education. Professional degrees are also offered in business, education, psychology, and nursing.

FMU offers an excellent academic environment that ensures individual attention from its highly regarded faculty. Experiential learning opportunities such as service fellowships, international exchange programs, and undergraduate research activities provide students the opportunity to become highly engaged with the curriculum. All faculty members have advanced degrees, and 83 percent of the full-time faculty members hold doctoral or terminal degrees. Francis Marion University is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award bachelor, master’s and specialist level degrees.

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Located about seven miles east of Florence, the campus is located on 400 wooded acres of beautiful foliage and landscaping. The campus provides a safe, comfortable learning environment with modern academic and cultural facilities, state-of-the-art athletic facilities, and convenient campus housing.

Florence is the economic and cultural center of the Pee Dee region, an eight county area located in the north-eastern section of South Carolina. Conveniently located at the crossroads of Interstates 95 and 20, transportation services include Amtrak, a public bus system, and a regional airport. Tremendous growth in the cultural arts, the medical community, recreation services, and retail centers create a vibrant community for visitors and residents alike.