Francis Marion University officially begins its 35th year with the start of fall classes this month.
A final orientation session for new students is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 10, followed by a make-up orientation date on Monday, Aug. 23.
A new faculty orientation is scheduled Friday, Aug. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lowrimore Auditorium. Housing for new students opens at 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 21, and housing for continuing students opens at 10 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 22.
FMU president Fred Carter will welcome all faculty members back to campus with a breakfast on Tuesday, Aug. 24, in the Ervin Dining Hall.
Students who have not yet attended an orientation session will be able to do so on Monday, Aug. 23. Students also will be able to meet with their advisers for open registration and pay their fees on Aug. 23.
The first day of classes is Wednesday, Aug. 25. Late registration and drop/add will be held Aug. 25-27 and Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
Area businesses will provide information about their services to students at a community fair Aug. 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Smith University Center commons. Following the community fair, a welcome-back pizza social for students will be held in the commons, from 6 to 8 p.m.
An organizations fair for new students will be held Aug. 31 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the university center commons. The fair will introduce new students to many of the organizations, clubs, departments and activities available to them at FMU.
The university will open a new housing complex for upperclassmen this fall. The Forest Villas will house 237 students in contemporary apartments. Construction will also begin this fall on a 30,000-square-foot building to house the nursing program.
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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