Welcome to FMU’s online orientation. Due to the covid-19 outbreak, FMU is not conducting in-person orientation on our campus for new students this summer. Instead, we are meeting online with students to plan schedules and answer other questions. We’re also providing orientation materials — video presentations, an orientation guide, and helpful links — both here and on our Guidebook App. Download the Guidebook App below, if you haven’t already, or browse the information at your disposal. Have questions? Give us a call at 843-661-1231, or send us an email at admissions@fmarion.edu.

Register for Orientation

Your first step in becoming an FMU Patriot is to register for orientation. Click the button below and fill out the form to register. When you do you’ll receive a link to our advising and course registration system. From there you’ll choose a time for an online session with one of our counselors and you’ll be on your way! You can also register for FMU Orientation by phone at 843-661-1288  or by email at orientation@fmarion.edu.

Virtual Orientation

Because Francis Marion University is temporarily closed by the governor’s executive order related to the Covid-19 outbreak, FMU will be conducting virtual orientation and course registration for students enrolling for fall 2020 classes. All our normal processes will take place online and more information will be available soon.

Your 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!

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.

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.

Email: documents@fmarion.edu


Immunization Form

The required form can be found here.

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

Important Financial Aid Dates & Refund Dates


FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS MUST BE MADE BY AUGUST 5TH.

Pay Matriculation Fees

All new students at FMU pay a $126 matriculation fee that confirms a student’s enrollment at FMU and holds their place in the incoming class. The matriculation fee can be paid by phone at 843.661.1596 or online through the Patriot Portal.

Accepted students are supplied with a Patriot Portal login. If you need help with the online payment process, click here for an easy guide.  Contact the Admissions Office for assistance logging in, or to retrieve an account.


Complete the FAFSA

FAFSA allows you to enter the FAFSA information into the program and transmit the information 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 a 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 IDs.  Signing with FSA IDs saves 2 – 3 weeks processing time.

Complete your FAFSA here.

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.  More information about FMU student IDs on the Rogers Library webpage

Submit your ID photo

Use this link to submit the photo to be used for your FMU Student ID.

Submit a Housing Application and pay the $173 Housing Fee

The Housing Deposit can be paid by calling the Cashier’s Office at 843–661–1596.

If you choose to live on campus, you will be sent a housing contract after your non–refundable deposit is received.

Purchase your FMU parking decal online through the Cashier’s Office in the Patriot Marketplace.

All incoming students are required to take the English Placement Survey. That can be done online here. 

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.

Living on Campus

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.

Office of Admissions Information
843-661-1231 or 800-FMU-7551
Admissions@fmarion.edu

Physical Address:
4822 East Palmetto Street, Florence, SC 29506

Mailing Address:
PO Box 100547, Florence, SC 29502

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