Francis Marion University officially begins its 36th year with the start of fall classes this month.
A final orientation session for new students is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 4.
A new faculty orientation is scheduled Friday, Aug. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lowrimore Auditorium. Housing for new students opens at 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, and housing for continuing students opens at 10 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 21.
FMU president Fred Carter will welcome all faculty members back to campus with a breakfast on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 8:30 a.m. in the Ervin Dining Hall.
Students who have not yet attended an orientation session will be able to do so on Monday, Aug. 22. Students also will be able to meet with their advisers for open registration and pay their fees on Aug. 22.
The first day of fall semester classes is Wednesday, Aug. 24. Late registration and drop/add will be held Aug. 24-26 and Aug. 29-Aug. 30.
A “Welcome Back Jam” for students will be held beginning at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26, in the Smith University Center commons.
Area businesses will provide information about their services to students at a community fair Aug. 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the university center commons.
An organizations fair for new students will be held Aug. 31 from 1 to 4 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.
Construction began in June on a new 30,000-square-foot, $7.5 million building to house the Department of Nursing. The building will be located west of the McNair Science Building across Alumni Drive. FMU assumed administrative control of the baccalaureate nursing program from the Medical University of South Carolina on July 1, and nursing students will now earn baccalaureate degrees from FMU. The new building will house state-of-the-art equipment along with classrooms and lab space.
As a result of the nursing building project, Parking Lot B will be closed. Because of the loss of these parking spaces, several short-term parking changes are necessary. Resident students will be prohibited from parking in Parking Lots A and H in order to provide parking for commuter students during the construction. All students (commuter and resident) will still be able to use the open parking spaces in Parking Lots C, D, E, F and G. Faculty/Staff spaces from Parking Lot B have been re-located to Lot H and Lot A. Students are asked to refer to a campus map for the locations of these parking lots.
Construction on a new $1.5 million student activity building will also begin this fall. The facility will be located next to the outdoor pool on campus. The center will provide a venue for students to relax and choose from a variety of dining options during extended hours of operation. It will also include a game room and serve as a location for special events hosted by campus groups.
This fall, for the first time, two of FMU’s intercollegiate sports teams – men’s golf and women’s soccer – will compete at the NCAA Division I level. This is the first step in taking the athletic program to the highest level of NCAA competition.
For the fourth straight year, the university has had a record number of freshman applicants. As of Aug. 1, applications were running at about a 16 percent increase over last year.
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 39 disciplines and 10 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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