Founded in 1970, Francis Marion University (FMU) is one of South Carolina’s 13 state-supported universities. Named after revolutionary war hero, General Francis Marion, the university now has a total enrollment of almost 4,000 students all eager to take on programs that will equip them with skills and competencies that will insure their future success in life.
FMU offers a wide-range of programs and courses leading to a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree or a doctorate degree. With a curriculum founded on a strong liberal arts core, students acquire a well-rounded view of their chosen field of study. As a learning institution, FMU exudes the look and feel of a small liberal arts college even as it affords students the comprehensive benefits of a state-supported university. With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1 and the average class size no bigger than 20 students, teachers are able to focus on the students’ individual learning needs. FMU takes pride in the fact that 84% of its full-time faculty members hold the highest degree possible in their respective fields of study.
Basic cost per semester to attend FMU for academic year 2009-2010 is US$3,812.50 for full-time resident undergraduate students and US$7,626 for non-residents. For part-time resident undergraduates, the cost per credit hour is US$381 and US$762.50 for non-residents. For graduate students, tuition cost for resident full-time students is US$3,912.50 per semester and for non-residents, US$7,825. Part-time graduate students who are residents pay a tuition cost of US$391.25 per credit hour and, for non-residents, US$782.50. These costs do not include room and board as well as the other basic fees for freshmen.
Financial assistance is extended to students who may find the cost of tuition too steep.