A University for the Community

Throughout its 47-year history, Francis Marion University has maintained a number of long and fruitful relationships with the people, and the institutions, of Florence and the Pee Dee Region. FMU exists to provide a first-rate education to the citizens of this part of the state (and increasingly, beyond) but it also gives back when it can.

FMU operates or was instrumental in nurturing a number of formal partnerships (see list below). It’s almost 500 employees represent a significant community resource, and are an active segment of the community. FMU’s staff and faculty deliver significant time and talent each year to local charities, places of worship, and non-profit organizations.

FMU is a public university and views operating and maintaining its facilities as a public trust. Consequently, many of those facilities are available to the public for special events and other uses through our rental program. For example, FMU’s Griffin Athletic Complex is home to the Florence Redwolves collegiate summer league baseball team.

Strategically, FMU plays a big role as well. The University’s decision to build its Performing Arts Center and its new Center for the Health Sciences in downtown Florence has provided critical momentum for the highly successful revival of that area.

FMU is proud to be the locus of educational activity in the region and critical partner for good in its community.


FMU helped create, and/or continues to maintain a variety of vibrant partnerships with its community. Among those are:

Carolina Currents

Carolina Currents is a peer-reviewed annual publication that provides current scholarly work related to the state of South Carolina. This publication seeks submissions from within and across a variety of disciplines, including history, archeology, anthropology, literature, political science, religious studies, art history, and sociology. Consistent with its motto, “Understanding for the Common Good,” Carolina Currents seeks to connect academic research to the lived experiences and practical concerns of the state’s residents. Deliberately inclusive of all South Carolinians and all geographical regions, the publication actively seeks submissions related to communities that have received little scholarly attention.

Click here to visit the webpage for Carolina Currents.

Francis Marion University’s Performing Arts Center


Graphic Design on the FMU Campus Map in 2019