A group of students study together near the Forest Villa apartments.


The Programs

A group of family nurse practitioner students examine the use of a new horoscope.

Academics at FMU are built on our strong liberal arts traditions, and our well-respected professional programs like Education, Business and the Health Sciences. But we’re not standing still. We’re adding new programs like mechanical engineering, healthcare informatics and sports marketing every day. We’re ready for the future so you will be, too.

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The People

FMU is a friendly place where smiles abound. Because it’s just the right size it’s easy to feel comfortable here. You’ll make relationships that last a lifetime. 

The Place

Set on 400-plus wooded acres, FMU’s main campus is place of great natural beauty. Walkable paths course through forests and fields and water features dot the landscapes. No one says a college campus has to look like this, but our students are glad out does. 

Students congregate near the Forest Villa apartments.
Dr. Clark explains a passage to her class.

The Professors

The faculty at FMU are leaders in their fields, internationally known scholars, practitioners and performers who also happen to love teaching. Their doors are open and our small classes means there is time for relationships to build, even at the undergraduate level. It makes for the perfect academic atmosphere.

The Possibilities

Undergraduate students at Francis Marion may find themselves assisting with graduate-level research projects, traveling the world, or working in an internship related to their field. After graduation they’ll join thousands of Patriot alumni starting meaningful careers or pursing advanced degrees. There’s no better foundation than the FMU experience.

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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.


Athletics at FMU offers extensive opportunities for both men and women to participate in varsity intercollegiate athletics by sponsoring sports which maintain Peach Belt Conference and National Collegiate Athletic Association affiliations.