2024 Orientation Dates


Saturday, June 8, 2024

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Monday, June 24, 2024

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Saturday, July 27, 2024

Monday, July 29, 2024

Monday, August 19, 2024


Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Thursday, August 1, 2024

Monday, August 19, 2024

Give us a call at 843-661-1231, or send us an email at admissions@fmarion.edu.

Register for Orientation

Incoming students for Fall 2024, your first step in becoming an FMU Patriot is to register for summer orientation.

To register, click the button below to access your FM Link account, go to Campus Events, and choose your orientation date.

You can also register for FMU Orientation by phone at 843-661-1235 or by email at orientation@fmarion.edu.

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Orientation Checklist

Beginning your college journey is an exciting time that comes with a bit of preparation, and some paperwork. Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered with a checklist of everything that needs to be done before beginning your first semester at FMU.

Review the list, check it twice, and make sure you check out our additional resources further down this page!

Students can access both their FMU e-mail account and the Patriot Portal using the same username and password.


All new students at FMU pay a $126 enrollment fee that confirms a student’s enrollment at FMU and holds their place in the incoming class.

The enrollment fee can be paid online through the Patriot Portal.

If you need help with the online payment process, click here for an easy guide.

How To Pay Online

  1. Log into your Patriot Portal
  2. Click on “Web Advisor for Students”
  3. Click on “Financial Information”
  4. Click on “Student Account Summary”
  5. Click on “Make a Payment”
  6. Click on “Continue to Payment Center”
  7. For first time users, you will be prompted to agree to online terms and conditions. Please read over this section.
  8. At the top of the screen, Click on “Deposits”
  9. Click the drop down section and select Matriculation
  10. Click “Select” and then “Continue”
  11. You can pay using a Debit or Credit Card (Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express) and choose whether you would like to save your card information for future use.

Complete the FAFSA

The FAFSA allows you to enter information into the program and transmit the it directly to the U.S. Department of Education. You and your parents will sign the FAFSA with the FSA ID.

If you or your parent do not have an FSA ID, save your FAFSA and complete the FSA ID application. Once you and your parents receive your FSA ID, go back into your saved FAFSA and sign with the FSA ID.

NOTE: Signing with FSA IDs saves 2-3 weeks processing time.

Pay Housing Fee ($173)

The non-refundable Housing Deposit can be paid the following ways:

  • ONLINE: Pay online through the Patriot Portal
  • IN PERSON: Pay in person at the FMU Cashier’s Office
  • BY MAIL: Mail a check to PO Box 100547, Florence, S.C. 29502

Submit a Housing Application

Once you’ve been accepted into FMU and paid the above housing fee, submit an online housing application.

FMU Housing staff will review your application (during business hours) and verify payment of the $173 non-refundable deposit.

NOTE: Room assignments will NOT be made until a student’s deposit is verified.

Once payment is verified, Housing staff will assign the student based on:

  • Availability of space
  • Class rank (preference given)
  • Date on which application, and/or deposit was received.

Roomates & Suitemates

Roommate/Suitemate pairings are based on:

  • Availability of space
  • Eligibility of all requested roommates/suitemates
  • All requested parties reciprocating the request on their respective applications

Final Transcript

Send your final transcript to the Office of Admissions. This also includes any dual–enrollment transcripts. AP or IB test scores should be sent to the Office of Counseling and Testing at counselingtesting@fmarion.edu.

Citizenship Verification

Satisfy citizenship verification requirements by providing a copy of your S.C. driver’s license, birth certificate, certificate of naturalization or permanent resident card to the Office of Admissions. Documents can be emailed to documents@fmarion.edu.

Immunization Form

Return your completed Immunization Form to the Office of Student Health by email at studenthealth@g.fmarion.edu.

Vehicle Registration

Register your vehicle to let us know what you’ll be driving on campus.

Parking Decal

Purchase your FMU parking decal online through the Cashier’s Office in the Patriot Marketplace. You can also visit the Cashier’s Office in person to pay for a parking decal.

An FMU Identification Card is a multipurpose card allowing the student a variety of services. The FMU Card is issued during a student’s initial registration at no cost and remains valid as long as he or she is officially enrolled and has paid all fees.

After you submit your photo, library staff will confirm that the photo complies with FMU photo guidelines and print out the ID. Incoming freshmen and transfer students will receive their ID cards when they attend orientation.

More information about FMU Student IDs can be found on the Rogers Library webpage.

Submit your ID photo

Submit a photo to be used for your FMU Student ID.

Academics at FMU

The core of every Francis Marion University degree is the traditional liberal arts core curriculum. We consider that the building block for a successful life and career. Atop that foundation students can add a major from our growing selection of professional programs, or dive deeper into a core program. FMU offers more than 60 majors and courses of study.

Explore all we have to offer!

Financial Assistance

FMU has worked hard in recent years to develop new resources for our students to keep costs low. Whether its federal assistance or scholarships, we’ve got everything thing you need at FMU.

Campus Life

Living on campus at FMU is a great choice.

For many student and families it’s a big choice, too. It may represent a young man or woman’s first foray into independent living. That can be daunting, but it’s exciting, too. Either way, it’s part of maturing and growing as an individual.

At Francis Marion University we do all we can to make residential living fun and enjoyable. FMU offers students a variety of on-campus residential options. All are in beautiful wooded settings that are comfortable, affordable and convenient to classrooms and amenities.

So come join us. Be part of a new community. Enjoy life on your own and make friends that will last a lifetime. You’ll be glad you did!

Student Life

Students at Francis Marion University are a hard-working bunch. They’re in college, first and foremost, to earn a degree. Many of them – a significantly higher percentage that at most universities – also work before, between, and after classes, both on campus and off. Their “student” life starts with being a student, but they like to have a little fun, too.

To that end, FMU provides students with a robust assortment of organizations and activities built around student interests and designed to put the “life” into student life.

Contact Us

If you’ve looked over our orientation resources and still have a few questions, we’re always here to help. Give us a call or send us an email and one of our admissions counselors will make sure you have everything you need.


4822 East Palmetto Street
Florence, SC 29506


Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 100547
Florence, SC 29502