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FMU set to open doors for landmark 45th year

stokes flowersNew academic offerings and new projects on tap and university continues its mission of serving the people of the Pee Dee and the state.

Francis Marion University officially begins its 45th year with the start of classes for the fall 2014 semester next week. 

It will be a landmark year for the university, as it continues its mission of educating the people of the Pee Dee Region and the state of South Carolina. More than 95 percent of FMU’s students come from inside the state.

The year gets underway when students begin arriving on campus this weekend. Freshman move-in, complete with helping hands from across the FMU community, is a longstanding university tradition and is set for Saturday, Aug. 16. Returning students arrive the next day.

FMU President Dr. Fred Carter will signal the official start of the academic year when he welcomes faculty back to campus at a breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 18, in the Ervin Dining Hall. Fall classes begin that after afternoon and evening. A full schedule begins on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

The fall semester will bring a few changes for the more than 4,000 students enrolled, as new programs begin or gain fuller footings.

FMU’s Nurse Practitioner program, its Industrial Engineering program and the Music Industry program, housed at the FMU Performing Arts Center in downtown Florence, will continue their maturation. New programs this year include a streamlined MBA program from FMU’s School of Business and a new RN-to-BSN program, designed especially for veterans of the United States military. The later is supported by a federal grant recently won by FMU’s Department of Nursing.

FMU’s new RN-to-BSN program in Mount Pleasant will enroll its first class. FMU’s RN-to-BSN program in Florence continues to flourish as well.

University officials also look forward to beginning construction of FMU’s new Health Science Center in downtown Florence. The multi-purpose facility will be home to several mid-level practitioner schools, as well as 3rd- and 4th-year medical students from the University of South Carolina Medical School when it opens. That opening could come as soon as the fall of 2016.


FMU’s state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center will continue to grow its programming. Regional fans will be treated to a superb slate of Broadway show,  more big name concert acts (Lyle Lovett, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Amy Grant are among those on the fall schedule), and offerings from the Florence Symphony Orchestra, the South Carolina Dance Theatre and an array of FMU theatrical and musical performances.

The university’s arts calendar also includes a number of performances on the main campus as well as several special festivals. Included among those events are the Pee Dee Fiction & Poetry Festival in November, the S.C. Chamber Music Festival in mid-winter, and FMU’s annual homecoming festivities in February.

The university calendar is, of course, highlighted by its regular Fall and Winter commencement ceremonies.

For additional information about upcoming events highlighting the start of the 45th year at FMU, visit


Last Published: September 9, 2014 8:28 AM
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