FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University officially begins its 33rd year with the start of fall 2002 classes this month.
Student housing opens Sunday, Aug. 18. Students who have not yet attended an orientation session will be able to do so on Monday, Aug. 19. Students will also be able to meet with their advisers for open registration and pay their fees on Aug. 19.
A new student organization fair will be held that same day from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Smith University Center. The fair will introduce new students to many of the organizations, clubs, departments and activities available to them at FMU.
FMU President Fred Carter will welcome faculty back to campus with a breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20 in the Ervin Dining Hall. A new faculty orientation is scheduled at 10 a.m. that day in the President’s Room of the dining hall.
Also on Aug. 20, a New Student Convocation will be held in the McNair Science Building auditorium at 3 p.m. Following the convocation, a “Welcome Week” picnic for students, faculty and staff will be held at 4 p.m. at the outdoor pool on campus. The event will feature live music and a chance for new students to meet with current students, faculty and staff in a fun environment.
The first day of classes is Wednesday, Aug. 21. Late registration and drop/add will be held Aug. 21-23, 26 and 27.
FMU officials are expecting the largest freshman class since 1995. With summer orientation sessions already complete, a total of 711 freshmen students have already registered for fall classes, up 100 students over the same period a year ago.
Last fall, 637 freshmen enrolled at FMU, the third straight year the number of new freshmen increased.
Director of Enrollment Management Julie Bush said there is a renewed interest in FMU by high school students. A record number of first-year students (1,921) have filed applications with FMU for the fall semester. Freshman applications are up 16 percent over the same period a year ago, and the Admissions Office has accepted 12 percent more students than a year ago.
“We’ve got a good thing going at Francis Marion,” said Bush. “We offer a quality education at an affordable price, and students are getting that picture.”
Another indication that this may be a banner year for FMU is the housing situation. Due to increased demand for students wanting on-campus housing, all residential spaces for the fall semester have been assigned. A waiting list has been established for those still wanting to live on campus. FMU has space to house 1,100 students on campus, about one-third of the student body.
Student Affairs Vice President Joe Heyward said that as cancellations occur and space becomes available, housing staff will contact applicants on the waiting list to offer room assignments.
“Those students who have not received a housing assignment are encouraged to maintain contact with the Housing and Residence Life Office,” said Heyward.
This fall, residents of all of the university’s 14 apartment buildings will have access to the Internet. Each bedroom in the apartment buildings will have a connection installed for access to the Internet through students’ personal computers. All residence hall rooms were wired in 2000.
It’s still not too late to apply for fall classes. Students should contact the Admissions Office at 843-661-1231 as soon as possible, or they can file an application online through the university’s web site at www.fmarion.edu.
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