Welcome to Francis Marion University!

We are excited you have chosen to attend FMU and look forward to meeting you during our spring orientation. Our office is also available Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm, to answer any questions you may have regarding your orientation. Contact us by phone at 843.661.1288 or by email at orientation@fmarion.edu.  We look forward to seeing you on campus!

The primary purpose of the Office of Orientation is to aid students in their transition to the institution by providing them with an overview of the tools and resources available to help them excel academically and socially within the campus community.

Our goal at Francis Marion University during orientation is that we will have the opportunity:

Guide Speaking to Students at orientation
  • To introduce students to college services which will support their educational and personal goals (ex. library, information technology, academic and student services departments).
  • To facilitate initial academic advisement, course selection, and registration.
  • To familiarize students with the campus environment and physical facilities.
  • To create an atmosphere that minimizes anxiety, promotes positive attitudes, and stimulates an excitement for learning.
  • To provide a welcoming atmosphere for students and families to meet faculty, staff, and continuing students, as well as other new students.
  • To provide the families of new students comprehensive information about the academic and student service resources and programs.
  • To provide employment, leadership, and learning opportunities for continuing students as pack leaders, through selection, training, and supervision.

The learning outcomes derived from our goals and objectives:

Students on FMU Campus during Orientation
  • Students will be introduced to college services that will support their educational and personal goals.
  • Students will understand the purpose of academic advisement and course selection.
  • Students will become familiar with the campus environment.
  • Students will feel confident and excited about their decision to attend FMU.
  • Students and families will be familiar with faculty, staff, and students on campus.
  • Families will gain comprehensive information on campus resources available to them and their student(s).
  • Student leaders will gain valuable leadership experience at the college level.

2018 Orientation Dates

  • Monday, June 11-Tuesday, June 12: Freshman Overnight Orientation
  • Thursday, June 14: Transfer Orientation
  • Monday, June 25: Freshman One-Day Orientation
  • Monday, July 9-Tuesday, July 10: Freshman Overnight Orientation
  • Thursday, July 12: Transfer Orientation
  • Thursday, July 26: Freshman One-Day Orientation
  • Thursday, August 9: Transfer Orientation
  • Monday, August 20: Freshman & Transfer Orientation

How Do I Sign Up For Orientation?

We want to make the signup process for orientation as easy as possible.  You can sign up over the phone (843.661.1288) or by clicking the above link.


A $126 matriculation fee* is required of all new students. Your matriculation fee can be paid by phone (843.661.1596). The matriculation fee confirms your enrollment at FMU and covers the costs of orientation, evaluation of transcripts, and other fees associated with your enrollment. This fee must be paid prior to attending orientation.

*The matriculation fee is non-refundable after May 1st.


Do you still have questions regarding your orientation or enrollment at Francis Marion University? Are you wondering what to do next once you’ve been accepted, how to sign up for on-campus housing, or when you’ll get registered for your courses?

If so, please check out our FAQs below as well as our helpful Pre-Orientation Booklet. It gives valuable information to any new student entering FMU for the first time.

Learn about the new English composition courses that you will be taking. You will need to take the Directed Self-Placement test (DSP) once you register for an orientation and bring a copy of the recommended course to your advising session.

Learn about the FREE bus system provided by the Pee Dee Regional Transport Authority (PDRTA) to FMU students (commuter or residential). A quick view brochure is available here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I do at Orientation?

  • Meet faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • Meet with a faculty member from the department of your major to be advised and registered for fall courses.
  • Learn about campus services, programs, and resources.
  • Meet other new students and current students.
  • Learn about campus life.
  • Get your FMU student ID made.

Is there a fee to attend Orientation?

Students must pay the $126.00 matriculation deposit (non-refundable after May 1).  Guests may attend for an additional fee of $25.00 per guest for the Freshman Orientation sessions. Due to space limitations, there is a two- person limit to the number of guests a student can bring. (Note: The $25 guest fee is not required at the transfer orientations or the January orientation.)

Do new freshmen have to stay overnight?

It depends! We offer both 1-day and 2-day orientation options for new freshmen. Students are able to select the one that best fits their needs. Both will include the same informational sessions, however, the 2-day orientation allows students the opportunity to stay overnight in a residence hall as well as meet other new freshmen through games and activities.

What do I need to bring to the overnight orientation?

You will need to bring the following items: Twin XL sheets, pillow, blanket, alarm clock, brush/hairdryer, towels, shampoo/other hygiene products, jacket, and umbrella. You will also need to bring any necessary medications or medical supplies.

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking to different areas on campus throughout your orientation.

Please print and complete the overnight participant form when you arrive to Orientation. You may turn in this form prior to Orientation by emailing it to orientation@fmarion.edu or mailing it in to the below address.

Office of Orientation

PO Box 100547

Florence, SC 29502

Should my parents come with me to Orientation?

Bringing a parent or guardian is optional. Guests are welcome at Orientation, but please note that there is a $25 fee per guest. Guest fees cover registration to the event and food throughout the event. Please note that there is a maximum limit of two guests per student. We do have several presentations specifically for parents but please know that parents/guests are separated from their students for the majority of the day. Parents and guests are not allowed to stay on campus for the overnight orientations.

Area Hotels for Parents/Guests during the Overnight Orientation

There are many hotels in the Florence area that offer a discounted rate for persons attending events at FMU. The parent/guest will need to mention FMU during the booking process to receive the discounted rates. Rates at the below hotels are as follows: $89 per night for a Standard King room and $99 per night for a Double Queen room.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Florence: Telephone #843.665.4488

Springhill Suites Florence: Telephone #843.407.9400

Courtyard Marriott Florence: Telephone #843.662.7066

When and how do I register for my classes?

New students are required to attend Orientation in order to be eligible to register for classes. You cannot register without having first attended Orientation. You will meet with a faculty member from the department of your major and together you and he or she will determine your classes. After meeting with your faculty advisor, you will be registered for classes.

Do Second Degree, Readmit or RN to BSN students need to attend orientation?

No, Second Degree, Readmit or RN to BSN students do not need to attend orientation. The Second Degree and Readmit students should contact the department of their major. RN to BSN students should contact the Nursing Department (843-661-1690) in order to register for courses.

Do I need to take any placement tests?

All new students will be placed into either English 101 or 101-E upon completion of the self-placement questionnaire. New students will also be placed by the Math department into a Math course. Transfer students who have never taken a college level English course must also take the English self-placement questionnaire. Students may be exempted from or receive freshmen English/Math course credit through Advanced Placement or Dual Enrollment credit.

Can students with disabilities receive special accommodations?

Students with special needs who would like accommodations for Orientation, such as wheelchair assistance, can have arrangements made by calling the Office of Counseling and Testing at 843-661-1840. We ask that you contact this office seven days prior to your Orientation date to enable them to prepare for your arrival.