FLORENCE--- Francis Marion University has recorded its second all-time high enrollment with 4,075 students taking classes during the 2006 fall semester.
FMU topped the 4,000 mark for only the third time in the institution’s 37-year history.
Official fall enrollment stands at 4,075 students, surpassed only by the record 4,103 students who attended FMU in 1993. This fall’s enrollment has jumped by 67 students from the 4,008 from fall 2005, or about two percent .
The university also had a record number of applications for the fall semester. There were 2,692 freshman applications, a seven percent hike from fall of 2005. Transfer applications were up 19 percent.
“More students are discovering that FMU is a great place to pursue their education,” said President Fred Carter. “But the real credit belongs to the faculty and staff, for it is the quality of their work that attracts these students.”
FMU draws students from all regions of the state, but this year saw significant increases from Darlington, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Richland, Williamsburg and York counties. Ninety-five percent of the student body comes from 44 of the 46 counties in South Carolina. The other five percent comes from 26 other states and 16 foreign countries.
There are 3,514 undergraduate students and 561 graduate students registered for fall classes, both numbers up from last year. This is the sixth straight year that the number of FMU underclassmen has increased.
The undergraduate enrollment breaks down as follows: new freshmen, 797; other freshmen, 168; sophomores, 807; juniors, 683; seniors, 719; and special students, 340.
Women make up 69 percent of the total enrollment. Minorities make up 41 percent of the student body. Seventy-seven percent of the students are enrolled full-time. The average age of undergraduates is 21, and the average for graduate students is 36.
Florence County continues to provide the largest number of students to FMU with 1,236, or 32 percent of the total. Darlington Country is second with 361 students, followed by Marion County with 200.
Other counties providing significant numbers of students to FMU are: Richland (190), Dillon (182), Horry (167), Williamsburg (154), Charleston (149), Sumter (144), Chesterfield (128), Marlboro (110), Kershaw (100), Clarendon (80), Georgetown (78), Berkeley (77), Dorchester (67), York (56) and Lexington (41).
The largest number of out-of-state students comes from Ohio (21), North Carolina (18), Virginia (15), Maryland (14), New York (13), Georgia (11), and Florida (11).
The largest number of international students comes from India (17), Germany (8), Sri Lanka (5), Ireland (5), South Africa (4) and Canada (3).
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