FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University officially begins its 34th year with the start of fall 2003 classes this month.
A new faculty orientation is scheduled Friday, Aug. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Lowrimore Auditorium. Student housing opens Sunday, Aug. 17. Students who have not yet attended an orientation session will be able to do so on Monday, Aug. 18. Students will also be able to meet with their advisers for open registration and pay their fees on Aug. 18.
FMU President Fred Carter and Charlene Wages, chair of the faculty, will welcome all faculty members back to campus with a breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, in the Ervin Dining Hall.
Also on Aug. 19, 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. 20. Late registration and drop/add will be held Aug. 20-26.
Area businesses will provide information about their services to students at a community fair Aug. 20 from 1 to 5 p.m. in Smith University Center. A new student organization fair will be held Aug. 27 from 1 to 5 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 officials are expecting another large freshman class. Director of Enrollment Management Julie Bush reports a record number of first-year students (2,025) have filed applications to date for the fall semester. The previous record in freshman applications was set last year with 1,939. Freshman applications are up six percent over the same period a year ago, and the Admissions Office has accepted 7.4 percent more students than a year ago.
A total of 2,791 students have already registered for fall classes, an increase of 148 from the same date a year ago. Last fall, 740 freshmen enrolled at FMU, the third straight year the number of new freshmen increased.
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.
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. New students must be admitted through FMU’s Admissions Office prior to registering for classes.
FMU offers undergraduate degrees in more than 30 disciplines and graduate programs in education, business and psychology. The university also offers several pre-professional and cooperative degree programs with other South Carolina universities.
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