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FMU and FDTC announce Bridge Partnership Program


FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University (FMU) and Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) have joined forces to make it more convenient for FDTC students who want to earn a bachelor's degree to transfer to FMU.

FDTC President Charles Gould and FMU President Fred Carter recently announced the partnership program, which will take effect fall 2008.

The program is intended for first-time college students who are recent graduates of high schools in Florence, Darlington and Marion counties. Program participants will include applicants to FMU who are referred to FDTC for assistance in meeting admissions standards and those who apply to FDTC and express an interest in eventually transferring to FMU. 

“This university is committed to working closely with Florence-Darlington Technical College to ensure that students receive the best education with the greatest amount of flexibility, convenience and access to resources,” said Carter. “I am looking forward to working with Dr. Gould and the Florence-Darlington Technical College students who will become part of our institution.”

In the program, students may complete developmental or other required coursework, enhance study skills and acclimate to college life while attending FDTC.  

Students who wish to participate in the program must submit an Application for Admission to FMU and a Bridge Program Registration Form to FDTC. Once participants are identified, FDTC will forward a copy of the registration form to the FMU Office of Admissions for system input and tracking.

In order to complete the Bridge Program and qualify for transfer admission to FMU, students must:

  • Complete all developmental and required coursework as identified through placement testing at FDTC.
  • Complete a minimum of 22 credit hours of transferable coursework with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
  • Complete and submit an updated Application for Admission to FMU at least two months prior to the start of the desired semester of entry.

“Each year, a large number of FDTC graduates select Francis Marion University as the institution of choice to further their education. This new initiative will present opportunities to an even greater number of students. We value our relationship with Francis Marion and look forward to a continued partnership,” said Gould.

For more information, contact either Ed Bethea, FDTC director of public relations and marketing, at 843-661-8060, or Libby Cooper, FMU vice president for public and community affairs, at 843-661-1225,

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Last Published: June 3, 2008 11:59 AM
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