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  • 06/10/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    17 out of 17 people found this review useful. 1 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to be a nurse FMU has a great nursing program, most of my class that is attending FMU is going into the nursing program.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to attend a college that is far, but not to far away from home FMU is a great school for that. Also if community bathrooms are not your thing FMU's dorm rooms and apartments all have a suite style.

  • 07/28/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 13 people found this review useful. 2 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for prospective students are not to party too must, learn how to manage your money and time, and also do not procrastinate. If you attend too many parties, whether on campus or off, it will effect your sleeping and studying time. If you decide to go out to a probate or have a night out with friends, you must be sure your assignments due the upcoming day are complete. Professors do not accept excuses. As a college student, I find it difficult to manage my money due to the fact that I am on my own when it comes to my wants and needs. If you see something you need, then get it, yet on the other hand if it's an unneccesary want, SAVE YOUR MONEY. You get little money back in text-book refunds, it is best that you save your money. Last, I want to say do no procrastinate when it comes to assignments! If you procrastinate you will not do as well as if you managed your time and studied for your exam more or worked on a term paper. Professors don't play when it comes to grading.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something to do at FMU, you should never be bored. Everyone that is on campus is found to be friendly, which means it is not hard to make friends. Also the Greek associations are always having events in the University Center that are free and extremely entertaining. Also if you love sports, the games are great!

    Am learning a lot

    I have learn a lot of different things at FMU, from academics to personal life. I have learned how important and high level education is and I have learned that everyone is not your friend. Education is something that no one can take away from you. With a high-level education and what old people call STREET SMARTS, you will be able to survive life in this terrible economy. Also when it comes to personal life, just because people smile in your face and act like they are your friend(s), they can turn out to be back stabbers. The same way teens and older students treat you in college is the same way people could treat you at your full time job later on in life.

  • 07/07/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    7 out of 9 people found this review useful. 3 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Not too far away from home and if you love the BEACH it's nearby!!

    Tips for prospective students

    I've been told to not party too much and to always remember what I'm going to school to do. (Get an education). I'd say to everyone, it's your responsibility to get what you need done, but have fun while doing it

    Will enjoy being here

    I think I will enjoy being here. Everyone is so nice and very supporting.

    Will learn a lot

    The classes are all design to help us. If we need more assistance there is free tutoring services offered! I love that. Students should take advantage of this opportunity.

  • 07/03/2010

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 4 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    HARD WORKING

    Tips for prospective students

    APPLY EARLY

    Bang for the buck

    There are a lot of activities that you can participate in

    Will enjoy being here

    You will enjoy that atmosphere and the environment but the college is very secluded and surrounded by trees but you will meet very good people and make plenty of friends... Especially if you are on Facebook or Myspace

    Will learn a lot

    They have a great Nursing Program (which is my major) and you will definitely learn a lot while being here

  • 03/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 5 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Its a school thats easy to get in, but hard to get out.

    Bang for the buck

    This is the cheapest school in SC. You can not get any more bang for your buck here.

    Am enjoying being here

    The university life is too much fun. Doing the school work is worth hanging out with your friends

    Am learning a lot

    Francis Marion University has some of the best teachers in the Nation. Besides the awesome teachers there is free assistance everywhere you look.

  • 11/08/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 6 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    The first thing you need to do is be familiar with the school where you are going to be attending. If there are any tours of the school, take them because those tours will benefit you. The reason why is because when you take those tours it will give you a chance to be familiar with the school. Before I came to Francis Marion, I took a tour of the campus and studied the map of campus as I got home. As I got to Francis Marion, I already knew my way around the campus because I took the college tours and studied the map to help me navigate around campus. So, it is in your best interest to take all the tours you can get. The next thing you need to do is to find all of your classes before the first day of school. The reason for that is because some professors lock their doors and they want let you in. It is very important that you arrive early to your class. The best thing to do is to come to school like the day before class starts and find your classes. By doing that you will not be lost going to class and you will not be late either. Since, I have been at Francis Marion, I have not been locked out; however there were students in my class who were locked out and marked absent for the day. When professors start teaching the lesson is to listen and take notes. But if you do not understand, then you need to get help. There is nothing wrong with asking for some help. At Francis Marion, there are a lot of people who are willing to help you. I have different tutors to help me in different subjects and I am so glad that seek for help. Because if I did not I would not be passing my classes. But, the most important factor is to ask for help and not just sit there struggling. The professors, will not come to you say do you need any help. When you are at college do not be afraid to ask questions or seek help because that is why the professors are there. After, receiving one on one help, it is twice as important to study. In my opinion, studying plays a big role in college. It is very important to study. The reason why studying is important is because you as the student will learn more. When an assignment is given, start studying the assignment as soon as you get it. Do not wait until the day before to study or the week before to study. The reason for that is because, the professors cover a lot of materials and sometimes they may not cover a particular lesson. It is up to you to go read the chapter and go over your notes time and time again. When you go to college, you are no longer in high school. So some of the studying methods you use in high school may not work when you go to college. Why I say that is because when I started at Francis Marion, I was using the same studying methods that I used in high school. But, when I got my first assignment back in one of my classes I came to realize that I have to change my methods, if I wanted to pass that course. The last thing you can do is to attend different events that take place on the college campuses. I am not saying go to everything that occurs on the campus. But, as students it is important for you to engage in something else besides having the same routine every day. When you go to these events, they can help you in so many different ways. The different ways may include expanding your horizon, having a different intake on your college life and help you with future endeavors. Some events may include: how to write a lab report, discussing how to negotiate your salary, going to a play or a movie, or career fair. When you go to these events, you will learn a lot and most importantly you meet new people in the process. So, I hope this information that I have given you has helped a little bit and I really hope that you all apply the things I have said today. Remember college is so much more different than high school, so it is up to you how start off. Like a professor say, â??if you start out right then you will end rightâ??. Thank you for your time today and I hope all of you seniors achieve your goals and good luck with the next chapter of your life. Thank You.

    Bang for the buck

    great college tuition

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 7 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus police are the best. they interact with students and get to know them. they are always patrolling the campus to make sure everyone is ok. there are even cop boxes around campus in case of a accident .

    Greek Life

    this school offers all types of greek organizations

    Clubs and Activities

    they are over 100 different types of clubs and organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    great for students from small towns, and people who want to get away for the hustle and bustle of city life.

    Bang for the buck

    cheapest school in the state of south carolina. you get your money's worth, and your pockets won't be empty.

    What to do for fun

    the university center is the best place to locate fun on campus. it contains a work out room, climate controlled pool, pool hall, gym, racket ball rooms, and ping pong tables.

    Food and Dining

    there are different stations so you never have to eat the same things everyday.

    Dorm Life

    the only downfall is not having a kitchen area.

    Academic Rigor

    teachers do what they can to help students earn their grades. if you look on ratemyprofessor.com you see a lot of good things about our teachers

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are looking for a small school not surrounded by city life this school is great. the campus is spacious and beautiful. classes are close to dorms, and offers plenty of extra curricular activities.

    In three sentences

    overall this is a very good school, with helpful professors. i give the school 8 out of 10.

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 8 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Police is always there when you need them.. ALWAYS!!

    Clubs and Activities

    ALWAYS SOMETHING TO DO!!

    Bang for the buck

    Francis Marion University is a smaller university which makes it cost less than the other huge universities. $$$$$$ :)

    What to do for fun

    In Florence there is hardly anything to do except for partying, which I do not recommend a lot of, bowling, bars, plays and movies. On campus there are plays, movies that are popular and a building called the UC (University Commons). This is the place where you could go swimming, play pool, basketballs games are held, and other fun events.

    Food and Dining

    The food here at Francis Marion Unversity is pretty good. There are two locations that you can choose from to eat. The Cafe is the main place freshmen and Sophomores go to eat. The food there are prepared but people who know how to cook! :) Then there is the Grille, this is the place where people have meetings, just come chill with their friends, watch games or just to grab a snack.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Francis Marion is not that bad. There are always something going on so that you do not have to stay in your room all of the time and more than likely the people that are in your suite become some of your closer friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, FMU is a tough school if you do not try and study to your best ability. You have to be willing to learn and strive hard to be successful at Francis Marion University. If you are doing these thing and still struggling then the professors are always looking for ways to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    For future students that may want to come to Francis Marion University, I give you this advise. Always be true to yourself, get involved with on-campus activities, STUDY, and have fun.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion University is located in the small city of Florence, South Carolina, where there are limited things to be distacted from. Francis Marion University is an easy school to get into but a not so easy school to get out. This college requires you to work hard and appreciate education.

  • 01/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 9 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Chemists. Business Majors. Political Science.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on learning as much as you can - not just what the professors are teaching, but everything you can possibly learn.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a cheap school - but you do get what you pay for.

    Am enjoying being here

    I didn't plan to attend this school, and the 309-acre campus is beautiful, but the town doesn't offer much. This school is not meant for students interested in pursuing Art, Music, or other similar degrees. Also, don't attend if you're too liberal minded and open about it - the ONLY people you'll get along with are the professors.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm a double major in Psychology and Professional Writing. I hold two jobs and have guardianship of my 3-year-old niece, and yet I still hold a 3.6 GPA. I am not challenged by my coursework and it disappoints me. I have not yet transferred simply because of my new, inherited responsibilities.

  • 09/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 10 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    FMU is #1 in setting the standard for teachers in all aspects of education, nursing, psychology.

    Tips for prospective students

    Show up to class and keep communication open between you and your Professors!

  • 05/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Francis Marion University has one of the most affordable tuitions in South Carolina. There are a lot of opportunities to save money at local restaurants and stores just by presenting your Francis Marion student ID.

    What to do for fun

    Organizations host many on campus events that are really fun. There are also many attractions around Florence. Myrtle Beach is about sixty miles away, so a weekend beach getaway is also an option.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining experiences at Francis Marion University is enjoyable. There are many varieties between the cafeteria and the other food facilities on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really nice. I've visited other colleges, and I am proud to say that I reside on Francis Marion Campus as opposed to other campuses.

    Academic Rigor

    The student to teacher ratio is really good. The classes are not that big, so it is easier for students to receive help from teachers. In my opinion, Francis Marion is one of the best schools academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice to prospective students is to STUDY! There's a saying around campus, Francis Marion is easy to get into and hard to get out of. Another tip is just to take time out to have fun.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion University if a very prestigious college. It has a great environment, and the learning environment it superb. Francis Marion University gets two thumbs up!

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Monitored constantly

    Clubs and Activities

    something happening most of the time

    Bang for the buck

    FMU is very affordable

    What to do for fun

    Many options of fun on and off campus

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall has many options for students, and Fried Chicken Wednesday is the best. The on-campus grille is very good and affordable to.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice and clean but very compact for 4 people.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are serious and Francis Marion Credentials are extremely high for classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come focused and ready to work. FMU classes are no joke and work can catch up on you very quickly

    In three sentences

    FMU is a great school on the academic and social level. I've made some great friends here. I am also a student athlete so I saw both sides of the spectrum.

  • 10/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    must be willing to work hard

    Tips for prospective students

    You can't get by without studying, they don't pass students along. This is not a school to procrasinate. Use your resources, especially the writing center. Professors love to see that you're using the resources provided on campus

    Bang for the buck

    for it to be one of the lowest tuitions in the state its a great school with a high quality education

    Am enjoying being here

    a very interesting campus, you do best when you get involved

    Am learning a lot

    You really get a high quality education here

  • 12/11/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Francis Marion University is great for students who are passionate about their career choice. I say this because our professors who will be teaching you the materials for your career are just as passionate as you are. They enjoy teaching and pays attention to every student. No one is ever left feeling as if they do not exist. Francis Marion University is a great place to learn and become a well rounded individuals as we have tons of them who already attend! Francis Marion University is truly the place of success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, study study! It makes you feel so good to know all the answers in class and have your professor praise you for your hard work. They always notice! That is because our professors genuinely care about the students succeeding at Francis Marion University. Have a great time and enjoy the people and the beautiful campus! Your day can never be too bad when looking a the gorgeous campus flowers and bright green grass while listening to the birds sing. It truly is a campus filled with bliss.

    Bang for the buck

    Francis Marion University's tuition costs are great compared to other schools! Absolutely amazing! It has the cheapest tuition cost of any other university in South Carolina. Normally I would think it costs more because I just can not believe that a place so warm and inviting with tons of greatness could be at such a price! At first I thought No way! This is a scam! But I was wrong. Francis Marion University really is just that good and at that good of a price for tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being at Francis Marion University 100 percent of the time! There is never a moment where I want to leave. It is honestly just that amazing! Francis Marion University is filled with well rounded people, great activities, and leaders who care about the good of our campus.

    Am learning a lot

    Francis Marion University is a place that passionately cares about the education of students. It is a place where the professors will never give up on a student. I enjoy taking classes as Francis Marion University because they are not only educating but fun as well! Can you believe that!? I could not see myself attending any other college other than Francis Marion University.

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Francis Marion University is one of if not the cheapest schools in South Carolina.

    What to do for fun

    A great way to have fun in the florence area is to hang with friends and go to the beech.

    Food and Dining

    The food has improved a lot over the years and there is still more to come.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms are great way to meet new people and experience new things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to meet with your professors during office hours so that if you ever have any questions there will be a better a chance at them being happy to assist you.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion University is an excellent school with a variety opportunities to become successful. The school is also smaller than most so there is a better chance of you getting to know you professors. In general Francis Marion is a great school to attend.

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is literally a police officer on every corner and in every building. Not to mention driving around every 5 minutes.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a lot of clubs and activities as well as fraternities and sororities.

    Great for these types of students

    This is great for students who have a very friendly personality, like there are no shy people here. Everybody knows everybody.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some unusual traditions are all the students will meet up at a certain place on campus and we will have sing-a-longs, freestyle battles, games.

    What to do for fun

    They have a lot of sports not to mention intramural sports. They a place to play pool, exercise room, a indoor and outdoor pool. We also have basketball and volley ball court, tennis soccer, any kind of sport you name it.

    Food and Dining

    We have a pizza and pasta place, a deli place, international foods, the soul food, and then a burger and fries place.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are okay theres 6 buildings each with 3 floors.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is only hard when you dont apply yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    You have to be very committed and responsible not only that you have to manage your time wisely. If you have all this and you are a hordworking student then you are bound to achieve all your goals.

    In three sentences

    It is a very good college, you have so many resources available to you. They have a lot of tutors not only professors but other students as well. The tution is not that high. They also offer a lot of opportunities to you as well . Overall it is a great school I would recommend it to anyone.

  • 12/25/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    This school is definitely going to be worth the money. It is one of the few schools I like that was affordable!

    Will enjoy being here

    I am researching Francis Marion and it sounds amazing! I am planning to go on a campus tour and can't wait.

    Will learn a lot

    I am certain I will learn a LOT here! :)

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 61

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Really nothing except workout at the university center

    Food and Dining

    Fried chicken day

    Dorm Life

    small and adjacent to class areas

    Academic Rigor

    Very competitive course load

    Tips for prospective students

    perpare to study and not procrastinate

    In three sentences

    Very easy to get in. Small class sizes are a plus. Teacher to student ratio also a plus

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police does a great job of keeping the campus safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at Francis Marion is not that great. Most organizations do not have many members compared to other schools but they are open to new members and open to the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many organizations on campus for you to get involved in.

    Bang for the buck

    Francis Marion is pretty inexpensive and the quality of education is great.

    Food and Dining

    There are not many choices for food on campus. There is the dining hall and the grille. The Grille has a little more variety but not much different from the dining hall.

    Academic Rigor

    Francis Marion is a very challenging college. It may be small but it is hard keep a high GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Small campus, get to know most people on campus

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion is an okay college. There is not much to do in Florence but once you get involved on campus you will have a good time there.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great! Police men are always patrolling and there is always an EMT on duty.

    Greek Life

    There are several sororities and fraternities on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Francis Marion is not an expensive school compared to others. There are many scholarship opportunities and they really try to work with you! I love it!

    What to do for fun

    There is always something fun going on at francis marion. I have seen art students drawing with sidewalk chalk, field day activities, and bake sales!

    Food and Dining

    I am unsure, because I have not eaten on campus, but I hear the food is good!

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus, but have heard great things!

    Academic Rigor

    Francis Marion is definitely challenging, but not impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply Early and always talk to your professors!

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion is Small, charming, and engaging. You are more than a social security number and your teachers really care about you. It is a very personal school.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Nothing really goes on here but I'm sure if something was to happen, FMU could control the situation fairly quickly. There are a number of call booths along the walk paths. But there is a rumor that many don't work. I have never taken that gamble.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life isn't what it used to be but it is very much alive and well. To my knowledge Francis Marion doesn't host step shows on campus but there are other activities for the Greeks. Most organizations from the Pan-Hellenic Council are here, and a few of the Panhellenic Conference are also here. I would list them all, but I don't want to leave any out.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a number of school clubs on campus. I wouldn't dare try to list them all. There is one that will fit almost everyone's need/want. I will say that there aren't really a number of spiritual/religious groups on campus. There are a few, but to be honest not enough. Francis Marion isn't the biggest school and the students are mainly locals so there really aren't many activities that go on.

    Great for these types of students

    By the end of your first year, you will recognize the face of or know of 30 - 60% of the student body, depending on how often you get out. So for those who want a small school, but also want some personal space to remain unknown or blend in, Francis Marion is great for you. If you want a big school, that's diverse and (for lack of better terms) flamboyant, FMU is definitely not for you. This school is very quaint.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Because Francis Marion isn't exactly the most diverse school, there aren't really many unusual traditions. But the school isn't exactly in a traditional spot. The dormitories and apartments of Francis Marion are located (almost and arguably, literally) in the woods. So you will often encounter cats and squirrels. Trust me, you will be more afraid of them than they are of you. :-) They won't bother you. Be very careful when you throw something in the public trash cans at night. The cats like to hide there and then will jump out at you and scare you to death.

    Bang for the buck

    For those who are in-state, if you get a great amount of money from your Pell Grant (FAFSA) and you are a Palmetto Scholar or Life Scholar, then congrats! your tuition is paid for. But even for out of state students, Francis Marion is still a great deal.

    What to do for fun

    To be perfectly, perfectly honest, there isn't much to do on campus. The first few days, FMU has shows and games and a few other things but after two to three weeks, it's pretty much dead. FMU is a local school, so mostly locals attend (even the ones that stay on campus), therefore most people go home on the weekend. Don't be discouraged. The mall is like 10 minutes away, the Civic Center hosts shows often and it is also 10 minutes away, plus FMU students get discounts to those shows. The flea market is 1-2 minutes driving distance (and is actually walking distance, but no one ever walks). If you don't have a car and have no friends with cars then you are gonna have some boring days. Good thing? You can always workout or go to the pool.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is actually quite good. Freshman year, you'll eat at the Caf more than anywhere else because you have to get a meal plan. Which is good . . . and bad because you will eventually get sick of the foods. There is one other place on campus to eat and that is the Grille. It is slightly pricey, but if you flirt with the cashiers or the cooks, they'll give you discounts and sometimes let you get your food for free! (though I am not encouraging you to flirt to get free things, that would be very wrong)

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are good. Freshman dorms are not too far from the cafeteria. Which is literally where you will live freshman year. I have seen more dorms that are worse than Francis Marion's freshman dorms than better, which is a good thing. If you plan to stay more than one year, pay your room reservation fee early so that you can get a spot in the Forest Villas (the upperclassman apartments). They are the best. Don't be upset if you get one in the back either. They are far more spacious and just all around better than the ones up front.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are going to be an Education, Biology, Chemistry, or Nursing major, get ready for a hectic ride. Francis Marion is known for its Education and Nursing Programs and naturally Chemistry and Biology fit into those categories. The programs are challenging but it is well worth getting a degree in these majors from this school because of the school's reputation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Award money goes quickly so you have to apply to the school early. Do your FAFSA early too! Because Francis Marion's tuition is low, it is very likely that your tuition+room+board could be (almost) fully paid if you are awarded enough. Buy a pair of great walking shoes. . . you are gonna need it.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion University is a pretty good school. FMU has good programs, especially pertaining to education and nursing. This school is extremely affordable.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 61

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on at Francis Marion. Whether its on or off campus, the events are always fun. The University Programming Board offers many events every semester such as movie nights, spring fest, zumba, workshops, step-shows and many other fun activities.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Francis Marion is great. First-year students are required to purchase a meal plan that offers a variety of different choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They also offer brunch at noon on the weekends for students who stay on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Although the dorm life wasn't my favorite aspect of Francis Marion, i can say that i am glad i experienced it. The dorms do not have a common area, which makes it hard to socialize and do other things.

    Tips for prospective students

    To the students who are thinking about going to FMU, i would recommend staying on campus and getting involved in the many activities and organizations they offer. I would also suggest you look into the resources that are offered on campus and use them!

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion University is a great school overall. The small class sizes combined with the helpful resources and friendly people makes it easy to transition from high school to college.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 61

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The University Center has a game room with ping pong and pool tables. There's a gym students have access to pretty much all the time. There's also dozens of clubs you can get involved in and the on-campus students have get-togethers all the time.

    Food and Dining

    It's nice to have the cafeteria and The Grille as two dining options on campus. There's quite a variety so you don't get bored easily with the menu, I would have to say. It's also good that they have healthy options for those who enjoy being smart about what they eat as well.

    Dorm Life

    On-campus housing is quite nice, but of course I haven't been to every college campus to compare. I personally think FMU accomodates its students well. The residence hall and apartments are clean and well-kept.

    Academic Rigor

    Francis Marion has a good bit of difficult classes. It's true when people that it's easy to get into FMU and difficult to get out. You have to work hard in order to do well, that is for certain.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you take the time to study. There are some classes you may not have to put in as much effort as others, but they still require work. A great way to really feel apart of FMU is to also get involved in extra curricular activities such as athletics or clubs.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion certainly challenges its students in regards to its classes and the work required to excell. Some would say it's a tough school and it is, but the professors really just try to get to you to do your best and work your minds to think outside the box. I think it is worth the hard work and time you have to put forth to be a successful student at FMU.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a graveyard on campus. During construction a team of workers came across an unmarked slave burial site. This graveyard is along the path from the University Center to the Dining Hall and constantly reminds you of the history all around.

    Bang for the buck

    The Education that a student receives at Francis Marion University compared to the tuition has to be one of the best in the region. In state students tuition is around $15,000 for a top quality education.

    What to do for fun

    There are a plethora of organizations to join. A student could also spend time cheering on the Patriots at one of our many sporting events.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is good, but for the good stuff students should check out the Grille on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The student/dorm life at Francis Marion University could not be any better. There are so many great people and great activities to take part in.

    Academic Rigor

    A very high percentage of professors have there doctorates. This equates to a higher quality of learning in the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should take no time diving in to school activities. In a smaller university, the more involved a student is, the more close knit the groups are. It would also be wise to take advantage of the smart professors at Francis Marion University by paying attention and studying hard.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion University is a culturally diverse school. The diversity, along with the professionalism of each professor, lends to a great atmosphere. This atmosphere creates a great school where learning is effortless.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security has always come through for me, especially when I have lost my phone or locked my keys in my car. Throughout the campus there are also emergency phones, which always makes me feel safe walking around at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities to participate in, which include ones with different sports teams and a club for whatever major you are interested in. The Creative Elite is one that I participate in through the fine arts department.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for any student that is fervent in any area of pursuing a degree and future.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every spring the Fine Arts department hold an Arts Alive festival. This is usually packed with people and spreads throughout the campus and includes cultural displays, and all sorts of arts and activities, including the chalk drawing competition that I always participate in.

    Bang for the buck

    I must say that the diversity of college students I have encountered and come to know at Francis Marion cannot possibly compare to other Universities. It is hard to explain the atmosphere, but one thing I must say is that the students have made it the most interesting experience for me.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I love to bike around campus, because it is a beautiful facility and if you are into physical activities as am I, you will also enjoy the outdoor and indoor pool, basketball courts and volleyball court.

    Food and Dining

    I have only eaten in the cafeteria once, but the on campus grill has excellent food!

    Dorm Life

    I have lived in the old college dorms for 3 semesters and while I enjoy them I especially look forward to gettting to live in the new honors dorms this coming semester.

    Academic Rigor

    For the most part the professors as well as the grading scale is strict, which meets my personal expectations for myself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come to Francis Marion expecting to party and play around. Take it seriously and value everything that you learn and if you strive to do your best, I promise you will succeed.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion is a college that meets my expectations on more than an academic level. My University has an entire building for the Fine Arts, which is where half of my life is spent on campus. The Professors I have had for my courses are also another reason I love my college, they are strict and for the most part expect a lot from their students.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 61

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    Campus Safety

    There are on-site officers that are always on duty on campus, and there are little help boxes located all around campus incase of an emergency or if you get lost.

    Greek Life

    There is a wide variety of sororities and fraternities to chose from if you are interested in Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are loads of clubs and activities that go on around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    FMU is a great school for anyone, as long as you're willing to put effort into your school work. A lot of the students here are majoring in Nursing or some science field, or an art, english or math. If you like a challenge, then this school is perfect for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During the Spring, the campus always holds an art/cultural festival with loads of art related things and different foods from many different cultures all around the campus. It's a great event for all ages. They also do a lot of support type activities for different sorts of causes.

    Bang for the buck

    You definitely get your moneys worth of everything here.

    What to do for fun

    There is ALWAYS something going on on campus. There are sports related things that happen all the time, and there are always some type of weekend event that goes on every weekend. There is Greek Life for those interested in joining sororities or fraternities. And there are always some type of off-campus fun going on that you can sign up for if you look for the right fliers around campus.

    Food and Dining

    I haven't eaten on campus except for during orientation and the food was great and they had a wide variety to chose from in the cafeteria. They also have an on-site type of restaurant, I suppose you could call it, that has great food, but it's very pricey.

    Dorm Life

    I live off-campus, so I don't exactly know what the dorm life is like- but during orientation it was lovely.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be easy or they can be hard, it all depends on how much effort you really give and put into your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Only apply here if you are willing to buckle down and do your work. Don't apply here if your idea of college is partying all the time because you'll be in for a rude awakening. I would say to learn how to manage your money and your time, because you'll learn that those things become very important through the semester. If you don't feel like spending a lot of money on food or supplies, I would suggest you purchase all of these things from a grocery store before you come to campus if you have no type of transportation. If you're not a morning person, don't schedule for morning classes. If you plan on working while you're in school, learn how to manage your work time with your homework time.

    In three sentences

    FMU is rather hard educational wise compared to other universities in South Carolina, but you are getting your moneys worth when it comes to education. The professors are all very easy to talk to and worth with when it comes to any personal problems pertaining the classes. The campus is lovely and it is an all around comfortable school.

  • 02/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 61

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police can get anywhere on campus within 30 seconds. Paths are well lit, as well as parking lots with blue telephones to call police if you need help. At 11pm, four of the five entrances to campus are gated until 6am. They walk each on-campus living facility each night to ensure everybody is safe and they are always very quick to respond. The only down side is that you're not allowed to have pepper spray on campus. As a girl, this bothered me at first, but the campus is very safe, well lit, and you can always call an officer to walk with you if you're uncomfortable.

    Greek Life

    There are a few fraternities and sororities here. They're not very large- scale but they have fun and do some great things around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for dedicated students who want to get out and try new things. A really good community is there that helps you develop into who you want to be as an adult.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Campus is about 5 miles from where an atomic bomb was accidentally dropped. There's a decent sized crater and it's fun to go exploring there.

    Bang for the buck

    FMU's tuition is seriously low for all the opportunities you have. There are tons of trips you can go on (mostly for free), clubs, events and activities you can participate in. Classes are great; your time will be taken with schoolwork but when you're free there's a good bit to do. In addition to all there is to participate in, FMU grants in state tuition to students who get $500+ in academic scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of groups on campus and it's easy to get involved. Florence is situated about an hour from Myrtle Beach, 2 hours from Columbia and 2 hours from Charleston. It's right by I-95 and I-20, so everything is very accessable.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall has a lot of monotony, but it's good food usually. It's nothing to write home about yet it's food. The Grille is the place to go if you have money to spend and want something really good. The only bummer is that the Grille isn't included in the meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are okay. Usually four people share one bathroom and the rooms are kind of small. It's a quick walk to class and housing is really good about making you comfortable with the people you live with.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some really easy classes and there are some really hard classes, it really depends on what your forte is and your willingness to apply yourself. Luckily the professors are very available and legitimately want to see you succeed and will do anything to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Since there's not a whole lot to do on campus, there is a lot of partying. Be careful! Even though it's college, underage drinking is really cracked down on if you're on campus (and it's illegal.) If you're not into partying though, there are a lot of people who don't go out who you can hang out with.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love this school. There are so many opportunities to travel and learn outside of the classroom. Professors are kind and very available to help you whenever you need it.

  • 03/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 61

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe in my opinion. However, to be on the safe side, have mace or a taser to protect yourself. This is crucial at night time. The police usually are patrolling in cars and aren't on the paths that people must walk on, so you must protect yourself in situations like that. Better safe than sorry.

    Greek Life

    I'm not a part or interested in a sorority. My advice would be not to join just because of how lively they seem or that a family member was this or that. This is a brotherhood and sisterhood. This is a lifetime commitment, not something you just drop whenever. Be sure to choose whichever greek organization based on that chapters' character. Also remember, 'They choose you, not you choose them.'

    Clubs and Activities

    They have something for everyone's interests. They have a praise dance team, a Christian athletes club, GLBTSA (Gay Lebsian Bisexual Transgender Straight Alliance), FMU Democrats, and so much more. These clubs or organizations are always having events such as bake sales, poll stands, and etc.

    Bang for the buck

    Francis Marion University is known as one the best universities in the South as well as one of the cheapest. However, rememeber that financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans are indeed important. Apply, apply, apply. FMU doesn't try to empty out your pockets like most great universities.

    What to do for fun

    FMU is always having campus events. The sororities, fraternities, and other campus organizations or clubs try to make it fun as much as possible. They have 80's Dance, Mardi Gra, step shows, and so much more. People are always going to the club or having house parties off campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is basically like high school. However, they have a pizza, deli, international food, and burger section to choose from. Also, they have a salad bar. If you have any allergies with foods, let the office in the cafeteria, Dining Hall Services, know. They will make sure that you will have something to eat if you can't eat nothing that they cooked. Also, FMU has a food place called The Grill. It has good food and it costs money. It's reasonable so you do not have to go off campus. I go there more than the Dining Hall.

    Dorm Life

    The good part about the beds is that you can lift them up if you have a ton of stuff. If you aren't used to having someone sleep in the room with you, apply for your own room as soon as possible because space fills up quickly. Their is a mirror and sink in the room, along with desks and closets for the roommates. However, you will have a bathroom to share with your suite-mates. The rooms are comfortable and I have no complaints.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers push you to do your best at all times, come during their office hours, and seek help from the numerous resources on campus, such as the Tutoring Center and Writing Center. All of my professors have been intelligent individuals who all have their own unique personalities and characteristics that made the process of learning even more a change from being a high school student who is transitioning to college.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips are to watch the crowd you hang around in college. This will and could have a major effect on how much you study or get crucial sleep. Trust me, in the beginning of my first semester, I hung out more than studying and it had an horrible effect on my grades. So I stopped hanging with the people who were driving my focus away from the purpose of being at school and have succeeded every since.

    In three sentences

    I would rate Francis Marion University as a 10. Education is a prerequisite at this university. They do not 'baby' you and help you to evolve into a responsible adult and college student.

  • 03/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 61

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    What to do for fun

    Become involved in organizations or you will not have fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are only two places to eat on campus. They both have crazy hours, especially on the weekends and there is nothing within walking distance besides two as stations. There is a bus system but it ends about 5 on weekdays and doesn't run on weekends.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are awful. People also tell fibs on their roommate sheet and there are a lot of horror stories.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to consider everything you want in a college while researching them. If you want to go to a tiny school that feels very similar to college then Francis Marion is right for you. Get the point of view from people who like it and people who don't.

    In three sentences

    It's a very small campus. Very rural and placed away from the city. Not much to do if you are not involved in an organization.

  • 03/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 61

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    What to do for fun

    I am always in the University center exercising and having fun with my friends. this is where everyone hangs out and most school activities happen. I normally spend most of my time there to exercise I also am in the library studying or going to the writing center to get my paper edited.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent hear its not home cooking but its alright. They frequently try and change the menu to your liking. there is a salad bar, sandwich bar, pizza, and burger stations that will be there everyday. We have what is call fried chicken Wednesday which is the best day ever. This is the closest thing you get to a home cooked meal every week.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great, there are two people to every room. For every four people there is a bathroom. You and your roommate have your own sink there are two desks and two dressers. The only downfall to the rooms, there pretty small unless you choose to have a bunk bed.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics hear are a little tough when it comes to your papers. This school is a nursing school so anything dealing with science is a lot harder than your general education classes. As long as you put your all into it your academic grades will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    For upcoming students allow yourself to learn as much as possible in high school. At Francis Marion your freshman year will be a good transition from high school to college. They make sure it is smooth and give you a semester to adjust to the new style of learning. Do not slack on or think that this is like high school because you will be disappointed in your results.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion is a very diverse school with a lot of educational opportunities. It always students to commute or stay on campus depends on there choosing. They also give as much help as possible.

  • 05/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 61

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    Bang for the buck

    FMU's tuition is one of the lowest in the state of SC. That should not reflect to students that they are sacrificing any quality. Great programs, great staff, great experience.

    What to do for fun

    There's shopping and movies if you go into town. There are a good number of gyms around here. There are usually a good number of events around campus that students can get involved in.

    Food and Dining

    The breakfast is always good and the students here love Fried Chicken Wednesday! Some days dinner is kind of give or take. The dining hall staff are friendly for the most part. We don't have very many options though. Just the dining hall or The Grille, and they serve pretty much the same stuff.

    Dorm Life

    Once you get into the apartments, its not so bad. My semester in the dorms was awful. People were way too loud at all hours of the night. We have a 24-hour quiet policy, but unfortunately, my RA was not very good about enforcing it.

    Academic Rigor

    All college courses are a step up from high school level work. Francis Marion has plenty of tutor centers with great hours! USE THE WRITING CENTER! While the classes are pretty tough and you don't receive many grades at all, the teachers are more than willing to meet with you and help you out.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are a few different accounts that you will need to access once you're a student here. This part of school can get pretty confusing for some students. Try to remember the credentials to log into each of these accounts (it will make your life a LOT easier). Also, there are many misinformed people on campus that may try to give you advice. If you have questions about a class or something within your degree program, ask someone in administration or ask a professor. If they don't know the answer, they will be able to point you in the right direction.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion University is a wonderful school to attend and to work for. I'm a nursing major here and I'm also a student worker for an administrative office on campus. There are many opportunities here for students to succeed!

  • 04/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Security is monitoring the campus at all times. Francis Marion University is a safe environment. Students and staff are friendly, welcoming and courteous.

    Great for these types of students

    There is a diverse student body at Francis Marion University, however, the college is ideal for anyone interested in small classroom sections. The educators are able to provide one-on-one attention and know students by name.

    Bang for the buck

    Francis Marion University offers an exceptional education for an affordable price.

    What to do for fun

    Student life is very active at Francis Marion University. The fraternities and sororities seem to have an event on campus daily. The college offers movie night, tutor clubs, pool parties and other activities to keep students engaged.

    Food and Dining

    The Grille offers a delicious menu and friendly staff. The environment is very appealing and accommodating.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be kind to others, always. Stay ahead of assignments and focus in class. Do homework the same day it is assigned. Apply yourself to the maximum potential. Work hard, do your best and smile.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion University has a helpful and friendly staff. Students receive excellent guidance, both academically and professional. The educators at Francis Marion University are personable and set students up for success.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out in the Community Center. You'll always find something to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't forget what your inn college to do. If you need help don't be afraid to ask.

    In three sentences

    This campus is the perfect size. The tuition is reasonable. Everyone is so friendly.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are 2 pools on campus. An indoor pool and an outdoor pool. There is also a gym.

    Food and Dining

    I don't really eat on campus much. There are 2 places of dining. One is a dining hall where there is a menu for the day and the other is like a food court with the options of pizza/subs/burgers....

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is great! there are 3 different types of on campus living. 1 is just for incoming freshman and then 2 are for upperclassman. the freshman dorms include a meal plan so that you can eat on campus and the upperclassman have a choice. upperclassman dorms are apartment style.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion University is a great school. Francis Marion has great teachers. Francis Marion is a small school with small class sizes.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus police make the campus safe

    Great for these types of students

    excellent education and nursing program

    What to do for fun

    Plenty of things to do for fun, but it helps to have a vehicle

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is good, since you could always go back for seconds and only have to pay once, with your id card if you have a meal plan or cash. I like the grille because it always has good food, however you can't go back for seconds. Unless you went back and bought more.

    Dorm Life

    make friends and have fun visiting their dorms and apartments

    Academic Rigor

    the teachers I've had were thorough and helpful in their subjects. They were willing to help when needed

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    On campus there is a University Center which you will find the gym, rec room, game room, workout room and a pool. There is also an outside pool and basketball court. Different groups host events on campus and off campus year round. And then there's the sports and concerts.

    Food and Dining

    I enjoy FMU's food and dining. You have a choice between eating at the Dining Hall or The Grille. Each Wednesday is Chicken Wednesdays. And everyday there are plenty of food choices to chose from.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at FMU is fun and exciting. Instead of one hall sharing a bathroom there is 4 people per bathroom. You have internet access in your dorm. There is always activities going on within the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    At FMU you are being taught exactly what you need to know for your career. You will not be lost or confused because the professors puts forth effort for each student. All the material will be useful.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is easy to maintain your grades at FMU. The teachers are always available for help. There are day and night tutoring centers. The library stays open late for your convenience.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion is a wonderful school for all types of students. The classes are lectured or self paced whichever you prefer. There is plenty to do on campus.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I love the campus its really peaceful and calm

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Even though I am only an incoming freshman, I can already tell that I will love being at this school.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I like to sing, step, and be close to friends

    Food and Dining

    There may be days when you don't want to step foot in the cafe, but then there's Wednesday. Wednesday is fried chicken day. Mac and cheese, rice and gravy, corn bread, collards, black eyed peas, and dessert=)

    Dorm Life

    I love the friends that I met here. And thanks to the apartments I get to live with my two closest friends. Its awesome!

    Academic Rigor

    Everyone always says its easy to get into FMU but its hard to get out. I agree that it is a challenge to go through college but with hard work it is not unattainable

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with an open mind. You will not be let down. Its your future. Learn to aim high now and you won't be disappointed later in life.

    In three sentences

    I think that Francis Marion is an awesome school. Majority of the teachers are very insightful and care about the well being of your education. It also has one of the lowest tuitions in the country which works well for me right now.

  • 08/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Like any place in the world you must take the necessary precautions to be safe. If you're out after dark, keep your phone close and walk in a group. Report any suspicious activity. Be aware of your surroundings. Take advantage to educate yourself about campus life.

    Greek Life

    There are many greek organizations to chose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    You must be very creative.

    Great for these types of students

    students who want to be challenged.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    FMU honors it's African-American heritage with a recollection of slave fossils found when the college was first built.

    Bang for the buck

    FMU is the second cheapest university in the state of South Carolina.

    What to do for fun

    Ask around and pay attention to the postings. Get involved on and off campus. Be creative.

    Food and Dining

    It's best to have your own food, but if you're on a meal plan you will not be disappointed.

    Dorm Life

    I never stayed in the dorms, but I heard they're okay.

    Academic Rigor

    Very competitive, challenging education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class. Be consistent with your work. Do not cram. Communicate with your professors. Take advantage of opportunities. It's what you make it. Make your academics your number 1 priority. Take care of yourself.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion has a very challenging School of Business. The professors push you to do your best. Faculty and staff work close with the students as long as the student keeps an open line of communication.

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security guards are available to patrol the university.

    Greek Life

    Greek society is offered at this university.

    What to do for fun

    It has a brand new athletic complex; it offers social entertainment for students and the community. This university has a strong baseball and basketball program.

    Food and Dining

    The university offers a variety of areas for eating meals or grabbing a snack. Florence also has several restaurants both large and small for dinning off campus.

    Dorm Life

    The university offers housing on and off of campus. It is also perfect for students in the nearby communities who wish to commute.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students can suceed if they are willing to study and work hard.

    In three sentences

    It is a wonderful college for the individual who is not afraid to work hard even if they were not the top of class in high school. It is located in Florence, SC which is showing rapid economic growth despite the current economy. It has a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate studies with a very strong and growing fields of study in medicine.

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    florence is pretty small, but like i said its what you make of it.

    Food and Dining

    the dining hall is okay. some days are better than others, and everyone goes for fried chicken wednesday lol.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are pretty small, but its what you make out of it.

    Academic Rigor

    You will have to study but the curriculum isnt that bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always study first party later!

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion is a pretty laid back school. There are alot of commuters which makes up most of the student body so campus life at night is pretty boring. The classes are reasonable.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have police patrolling and safety stations everywhere. If you go to the teachers with a problem, the will help.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to name, but there's one just right for almost everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who like to learn. Those who need a degree. Those who want the college experience.

    Bang for the buck

    It's worth it!

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs. You can ask around and find something just for you.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall and grille serve dishes that are popular with most college students. They also have healthy choices for the diet conscious.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes make you work, but it's only so that you know the material you need to pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have problems, ask your teachers. They'll be happy to help. For the first few days, use a map. The campus will quickly become familiar.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion is a beautiful campus with abundant wildlife. The teachers are kind and accomodating. The classes are no more than 10 minutes apart which is very helpful.

  • 10/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It's a lot of things you can do for fun here on FMU campus. There are parties every week on Thursday, but there not on campus. Also they have many activities for the students to participate in and associations students can even join.l

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is always clean no matter what. The food is fair at times, but majority of the time its delicious. Everyone on campus go crazy on Wednesday's because that's chicken day.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is very different. Not as roomy, but its like your own house. Always make sure its clean because they have inspections. Also, its very quiet and you can have a lot of studying time to yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    This a very great source here at FMU. Plenty of students are always participating no matter what it is. As long as it is dealing with a sport then they all are tuned in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you complete all your work and have everything turned in on time. Whenever you need help with anything, feel free to schedule an appointment with your professor and tell them what the problem is. They are always willing to help there students.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion is a very great college. Everyone on campus are very sociable and generous. Overall, it has a very great enviroment.

  • 11/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Believe me when I tell you this. There is always a FMU Police car somewhere around, and not there to harass or anything, but simply there to protect and serve the communtity here.

    Greek Life

    Not really big on the Greek Life. Do not get me wrong they are many organizations on campus, but you rarely hear or see them out showing off.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many great clubs at Francis Marion University with new ones coming along all the time. They are very diverse and learned recently that we just reenacted the Judicial Branch of the Student Government. They also just charter a Lions Club student chapter here which is rare in colleges in South Carolina.

    Great for these types of students

    The best students at Francis Marion would have to be someone who is willing to work just a little harder to get that degree. A student who finds time to go visit that professor that you are barely getting by in, because you know and feel that they will do whatever they can to help you along.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are some very old antique buildings around campus, considering most of the buildings have been built over due to the school being so old. Some geographic hills on the land where as Francis Marion land was once a rice field which I think is amazing.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes here at Francis Marion University you will get a good idea that you money is going to the right places. To the new facilites being built around campus to the great professors, besides every once in a while. The campus is kept clean and someone always around to assist you.

    What to do for fun

    I really do not do anything for fun. I work part time so I can afford the small things around campus. That's why I'm up late looking for some scholarship money.

    Food and Dining

    I been to the cafe a few times in my times here at Francis Marion. The cafe is great with alot of varieties. However that's only during dinner. The rest of the times it just the normal. Clean and kept nice is a plus about it.

    Dorm Life

    I never stayed on campus but I have a lot of friends and classmates that do. From them and what I saw the campus is pretty normal. There's not a lot of trouble because it so close to the school. Recently add a new louge room that's fantastic and free to occupany filling out a application to use it.

    Academic Rigor

    Again I say, Francis Marion is not a school which lets you by the professors here challenge you and make sure that you are learning, but I feel good about that, because it lets me see that the professor care, or either attempt to.

    Tips for prospective students

    When coming into Francis Marion University, get to know a lot of the students in the Student Government. These can be some of the most helpful people on campus and can usually tell you a lot about the things to help succeed in the school.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion is a very diverse college in which students of diffrence race, ethnicities, and cultures can come together to share those between each other. Though commonly known as being a tough college, Francis Marion to me is more of an academic challege. Francis Marion may be academically challenging at times, but when I pay for my tuition, I know that my money is going to a good cause.

  • 12/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police are always on duty to make sure the school is in its' safest place.

    Greek Life

    Fraternities and Sororities are usually nice around campus. They do a lot of things for the student body.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs that students can participate in. From Greeks, to Religious, and even Ethnic types. They all cover each and every type of person.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for the students who like to be at an homey environment. It's not to big and just right for a small body of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a beautiful scenery on campus that consist of a pond, and a bridge that people can just sit out and enjoy the view. Many people have picnics there and from time to time you may catch a few people doing some fishing.

    Bang for the buck

    The price to go to to Francis Marion is pretty decent. However each university or colleges tuition will rise from time to time to cover other cost that the university has to pay.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of things you can do for fun. There is a university center where you can hang out with friends and also take part in different functions. A lot of organizations have functions for the student body to participate in. The library is always a place for people to join together and do work.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe provides a wide range of food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are always delightful.

    Dorm Life

    The door life is pretty decent. All though you have to share a room with another individual until you have become a sophomore.

    Academic Rigor

    As stated before, Francis Marion is very strict academic wise. You get what you work for. No professor will show favoritism.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attach yourselves to those who are going places. Be friendly with your professors and talk with them at all possible times. Develop time management for it will help you in all areas. ever be a procrastinator.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion has the capability of bringing the best out of students who make wise decisions and give it their all. Francis Marion is very strict academic wise and expects all students to meet requirements. Here at this University you will work for your grades.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    FMU has clubs and activities for everyone. Whatever your interest there is something for you. One of my favorites is BCM. It is a great activity for young people who want to keep their spiritiual connection while you are away from home. You indulge in delicious food, awesome studies and wonderful fellowship.

    Great for these types of students

    FMU is great for students who are serious about their academics and want to be a part of a campus with a family atmosphere. FMU exudes Southern hospitality.

    Bang for the buck

    FMU is a wonderful school. It offers everything that a student needs in order to excel academically and socially. It is a place where you can get a great education and develop lasting friendships.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things to do for fun. The game room is open late and you can shoot pool, watch TV, play games, etc. If you like sports the gym is opened for basketball and there are intermural sports. BCM is great for fellow-shipping and keeping your spiritual connection open.

    Food and Dining

    The dining experience is awesome. The Cafe has a variety of delicious meals (almost like mom's), and the hours fit well with class schedules. Just in case you miss a meal at the Cafe or want something later, the Grille is open with some great food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. The RA's are very helpful when it comes to getting settled. There are people all around so it is easy to make friends and set up study groups.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult, but you can bet you are getting what you need to succeed. There are plenty of resources you can utilize if things become difficult. Remember professors are there to help you, so ask for help before you become overwhelmed.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning to stay on campus sign up for housing early, especially if you have a friend you want to room with. Everything may seem a little intimidating when you first arrive but it does not take long to adjust because everyone is helpful. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions if there is something you need to know.

    In three sentences

    FMU is a great school with a family atmoshpere. It is very easy to make friends and everyone is very helpful. The campus is clean, quiet and easy to navigate.

  • 04/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Several cops stay on campus all the time and there are contact boxes if you do not feel safe

    Clubs and Activities

    many organizations are on campus

    Great for these types of students

    future medical students and teachers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    observatory is found behind the old soccer field

    Bang for the buck

    many fun events occur at FMU

    What to do for fun

    play sports. walk around campus. work out. swim. sweat in the sauna

    Food and Dining

    food is usually only good two days out of every week.

    Dorm Life

    residence halls are not impressive at all

    Academic Rigor

    my previous major was biology and that class was very challenging

    Tips for prospective students

    study study study. Do not party more than once a month. Attend class everyday and take notes

    In three sentences

    competitive price. pretty campus. many professors with Ph.D

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. There are emergency buttons stationed in the parking lots and lots of lighting. The campus police are centrally located and often patrol the campus.

    Greek Life

    I am not very sure about Greek Life on campus. There are no special housing or buildings for members. There are sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are quite a few clubs on campus. I go straight home from school so I personally do not join any. There are always club-sponsored events posted like movie nights, dances, fashion shows, scavenger hunts, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who are looking for a small town atmosphere in South Carolina. Every building is within walking distance from every other building, including dorms. Also, it is wonderful for students who actually care about graduating.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a few unusual locations. Along a pathway in the woods from the dorm to class buildings there is a small, run down graveyard. There is also a tree that goes along with the Legend of the Pregnant Tree.

    Bang for the buck

    I love Francis Marion University, its perfect for me. I love the small school atmosphere.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, check out the University Center. There's pool, ping pong, weights, etc to entertain yourself with. Other than events on campus, the local city is pretty boring.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few options when it comes to dining. The caf has really good food, but unless your living in the dorms and already paying for it, it is pretty expensive. There is also the Grille, which is like an on-campus restaurant. It is very, very expensive and usually not worth the long lines.

    Dorm Life

    As a freshman, I hated the dorms. You fill out a survey to help pick your room/dorm mates, but really its all random. The dorms are very loud, have lousy internet, and aren't regulated at all.

    Academic Rigor

    The school has high standards, each of the majors offered are very well represented. You will not leave this school without the knowledge of how to do the work in your desired field. The classes are very engaging depending on the level of the professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    The most important thing is to develop a relationship with your advisor. If you're lucky, a good advisor will help you plan and track your progress towards graduation. Also, if there is ever any issues regarding financial aid, definitely harass the financial aid office.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion University is easy to get in and hard to get out. The school has very high standards yet full of incapable professors. The campus is small and beautiful.

  • 05/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Play intermaul sports, go to the UC and play basketball, hangout with friends and tour florence

    Food and Dining

    Dining Hall has its days of having good food. The Grille has great quality of food but is just too expensive

    Dorm Life

    pretty ok for the most part. have to share a room with another person and 1 bathroom with shower with 2 suitemates as well

    Academic Rigor

    classes as an whole are pretty straightforward. some classes maybe harder than others so always be prepared to work

    Tips for prospective students

    Not a really huge campus. Its big enough. Students here are very friendly, not hard to make friends.

    In three sentences

    Its a good school to attend. Its very cheap compared to other schools when it comes to tuition. It may get boring at times but you can always find something to do on or off campus.

  • 05/27/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police, and safety pole throughout the campus. There is text alerts for each student to sign up for. They have late class police escorts to dorm rooms.

    What to do for fun

    They have a workout gym. There is Greek sororities. There are outdoor swimming pools. They have fine arts, and plays.

    Food and Dining

    The campus has 3 cafeteria and eating area for students. All meals are included in the tuition. All freshman must have 19 meals a week mandatory.

    Dorm Life

    There are suite dorms that hold 4 students per room. All students have a resident assistant. All Freshman must meet the day they arrive to the dorm to get to know their roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    In order to get into Francis Marion you have to have a GPA of 3.0. You must have a 17 or better on the ACT. 48 percent of students graduate from the School.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is the best college for nursing. Francis Marion has a great campus location. Francis has a 20-25 student to professor ratio.

  • 08/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is a very safe campus. There are police on campus, as well as phones all over campus in case you are in danger or you have an emergency.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many cultural, athletic and educational activities for the students. Art events, fitness, student orginizations such as fraternities and diversity cubs are some examples.

    Great for these types of students

    FMU is great for outgoing studens who love to have fun and learn at the same time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The triangle is kid f an unusual area areound campus. I want you guys to see it for yourself. Its pretty interesting.

    Bang for the buck

    This is a well put together campus and easy to get aquainted to. I highly recommend all high school graduates to FMU.

    What to do for fun

    The campus has many fun activities. You can go swimming, go to the gym and play basketball, as well as being in the studionand recording your own songs. !

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining are awesome. Student can buy meal plans instead of buying random meals. I recommend the 19 meals a week plan. you can eat 3 times a day. Desserts such as ice cream and cookies are included.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are well organized. Its both spacious and comfortable for the students. Each dorm has a clean stand up shower and a toilet with doors for your privacy. Best thing about it is that you will always have a study buddy.

    Academic Rigor

    FMU offers more than 40 areas of undergraduate study. You can study from the College of liberal arts, as well as the school of business and education. There are over 15 academic majors included.

    Tips for prospective students

    The facuilty and staff are helpful and welcoming people. They will make sure you get all of the help both financially and mentally.

    In three sentences

    Francis marion is one of the nicest schools in the state. The campus is in great shape with many activities. I am looking forward to a great year here at FMU.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Here at FMU we have fully trained police. They are always just one call away and there to assist you with anything. They will even come and walk You to your room or car if its dark, you're alone and afraid.

    Food and Dining

    The food is tasty and great. There are sections in the café that fits to everyone eating needs. Which basically means if you're a vegetarian then there's a section for that, if you like fast food there us also a spot for that, and so forth.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are pretty cool. You can decorate and design them to make it feel just like home. They are also really cozy and comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics is the main priority at FMU. There are many techniques they use to make sure you stay in task as well. Tutors and of course the professors are always eager and there to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you study hard and remain focus, your life at FMU will be smooth and awesome. You would learn to love this place and call it your home. Always remember if you need help don't be afraid to ask because over majority of everyone here us really nice abs helpful.

    In three sentences

    FMU is an awesome school who really cares about your education and allows you to have fun as well. It is a clean and nice environment. Positive things only stands at Francis Marion which makes it really safe here.

  • 08/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Alert machines everywhere, Press the button and campus police will be there right away. Usually a campus cop is riding or walking around. Alerts directly to your cell. Safety simulations.

    Greek Life

    There is Greek life at FMU

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs and activities around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Any students that are social and like to meet new people. Also if you are shy, the school will un-shy you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some of the classes are a good way from the dorms

    Bang for the buck

    Good school.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of activities around the campus. Weight room, game room, and plenty of other things. The school also have shows, meetings and other things to get the students together to meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner most days. There is usually a decent variety of food to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great. You can actually call your dorm your home. The room is a great size and is organized to maximize space.

    Academic Rigor

    The work here is like any college, not easy. The professors give assignments and you think well its hard, and i don't know how to do this, but the university have various ways of helping students with their work. Theres a writing center, to help with your writing skills. Theres a huge library, with plenty of books and computers, and tutors. Also the teachers are always welcoming questions, so that helps a lot to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Many high school students may come to the university and check it out. Many people after they finish their visit is amazed and decide that they more than likely want to come here, but somewhere in their had they think, i wanna go here but i don't wanna go here, and that may be because there are plenty of other good universities out there that are not bad. But the one thing that makes this university stand out is that at FMU, they work with you very hard because they care and they want to see u succeed. I'm not trying to tell you to go there, im just informing you about the university.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion University is a great college to be at. At the university they offer many activities for students to get involved in. The campus is beautiful, and full of life.

  • 11/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I am a PIM (Prasie in Motion) member and I also sing with YGB (Young Gifted and Blessed). Francis Marion has organizations that allow me to use my talents and express myself. There's always something to do at FMU.

    Food and Dining

    Francis Marion's dining hall is beautiful and provides a variety of healthy meals to give you that edge you need to stay focused in class. There are several choices for all appetites. The dining hall has convenient hours to insure that students get an opportunity to have a meal during the day and late evening.

    Dorm Life

    Francis Marion's dorms are spacious, clean, well mantained and appealing to the eye. They are conveniently located to the dining facilities making it easy to leave your room and grab a quick meal before heading to class. It is also a safe place to get the feel of living away home.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are the best of the best and they settle for nothing less than perfection. Francis Marion employs highly trained, skilled, educated individuals to teach their students. Francis Marion is also highly accredited.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and do your very best. If you think you have reached your best, reach further. The possibilities are endless.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion provides an array of curricula to empower students to become successful employees in this global economy. I feel that after attending Francis Marion, anyone will be able to compete in this economy upon graduating. I could not have chosen a better school to prepare me for the workforce.

  • 11/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    they get the job done kind of strict though

    Greek Life

    its great but anything could be better

    Clubs and Activities

    We host a lot of events here

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    greek life is great!!!!

    Bang for the buck

    cheapest college 6900 a semester

    What to do for fun

    There are alot of event on campus to get students involved since Im on the upb board we control events.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe isnt that great at all but it will do for your freshman year

    Dorm Life

    Its ok, they should redo them though

    Academic Rigor

    Its such a easy school

    Tips for prospective students

    go here to get all your minor classes done their easy

    In three sentences

    I would rate my college a 7 out of ten because it is a small college and it not a big party school. Yes, i love it but it could be better and its a east school

  • 11/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of organizations and clubs to become part of. There are sororities, which I am part of Zeta Phi chapter of Alpha Delta Pi, and many fraternities. Plenty of sports and random fun activities every week.

    Food and Dining

    I cannot personally speak about the foods on campus, but I have heard it is ten times better that high school cafeteria foods.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot personally speak about dorm life because I live off campus, but from what I hear from my friends, it is typical, but exciting.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is intimidating and challenging, but do able. Don't give up on it because of a bad grade. Work and study harder.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion University is a great college, especially for people interested in becoming a nurse. It is a small, and homely feeling. The professors and staff in general are knowledgeable people who will push for your best.

  • 12/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Not much outside of clubs and hanging out with friends. Of course there are student life activities to attend and sporting events.

    Food and Dining

    CAFE FOOD IS GROSS. That is a common café food them however.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms so I cant really be a judge. Dorm life isn't for me I have always had an apartment. Freshman staying on campus are required to live in the dorms and have a meal plan.

    Academic Rigor

    For sure not a slack school even though it isn't the hardest to get into.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just stay focused! The professors really do care, and will help you out. The tutoring center and writing center are amazing definitely use them. Ask around about professors that you are thinking about taking.

    In three sentences

    Easy to get in. Hard to get out. Great academic resources.

  • 12/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hanging out with friends is one of the best thing to do for fun on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Can be up and down but there are many options to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    A small but manageable space.

    Academic Rigor

    Class were challenging but not too difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, Adapt, and Make Friends

    In three sentences

    Has a very open and inviting campus. The class sizes are really small around 20 people per class. Professor are easy to talk to at the university.

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On our college campus we have I believe awesome campus safety! They are there in less than 2 minutes and moving in action as fast as possible. Of course, they obey the law in any way possible and will be there for you for anything you need.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some unusual tradition is based on our animals located on campus. Whenever you step foot on campus everybody tells you to watch out for the squirrels. The thing about our squirrels they always throw acorns at people no matter where you are.

    What to do for fun

    There are multiple things to do on campus. Being that Florence isn't a huge city Francis Marion gives everyone a chance to have fun and take a break from studying. Some things they have to keep us entertain: dodge ball, hypnotist show, sport events, pool tournaments and so forth.

    Food and Dining

    I've eaten at the café a couple of times and may I say I'm satisfied. The best day is always Wednesday, because that's what I call soul food Wednesday. They really try their hardest to make it feel like you back at home eating your mom's cooking!

    Dorm Life

    It's hard for me to answer this question, because I don't stay on campus. Basing off what people have told me they love campus life. It gives them a great chance to experience the college life.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at Francis Marion is a challenge. They expect you to do well in the class such as B and higher. Even though the classes can become a little challenging it all pays off in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some small tips I would give is to be yourself! Enjoy your college experience, but make sure to keep up with your studies as well. Yes, you're bond to have bad days, but don't let that ruin any part of joy our of your life.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion University is a place where work comes first before anything else. Their expectations are high, because they know you are capable of completing any assignment that's given to you. Francis Marion University overall is a place where you can call home.

  • 02/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life seems too snobby.

    Clubs and Activities

    Definitely needs more clubs and activities. It's hard to get involved at the school unless you are a devout Bible thumper and wish to participate in Baptist Collegiate Ministries.

    Great for these types of students

    Nursing, Biology, and Education majors seeking small class sizes and a liberal arts education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I definitely think it's awesome that the professors are typically the ones instructing the labs for the science courses. Not only are they more experienced, but you aren't receiving a grade from a current grad student like you do at most universities. I also think it's great how tight-knit and happy the professors are here. I had an 8:30am class last semester and ran into my English professor before class. He remembered my name, struck up casual conversation with me, and even held the door for me. It made my day, and although I can't speak for the entire faculty at FMU, I can honestly say that the majority of the professors I've encountered here are more friendly than not.

    Bang for the buck

    Great education for a great price--especially if you are commuting to the school. I like being able to know my professors, most of which are just as eager and willing to meet you. After a month of classes, all of my professors knew my name and knew how I was doing in their classes without me stepping foot into their office (my largest class being 96 students). It's a unique experience, and I definitely hope to earn some great letters of recommendation (from some very friendly, competent instructors) because of this.

    What to do for fun

    Florence is drab, in my opinion, but it's continuously and rapidly growing.

    Food and Dining

    I've heard the food isn't that great, but there are plenty of off-campus locations that aren't too far from the school. The Grille was okay--pretty much fast food.

    Dorm Life

    I've heard the rooms are small, but I have not actually seen them.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not high school, but I can say that transferring from Clemson University that Francis Marion's courses are more effective in regards to actually teaching the material and helps you transition from high school to college more effectively. It's not a research institution, but I'm impressed by how willing the professors (specifically in the biology department) are willing to assist you and guide you in regards to undergraduate research. I'm a nursing student here, and often hear remarks made about how Florence-Darlington Technical College's nursing students are more well-prepared than FMU's nurses during clinical rotations. Most of these comments come from the uneducated--simply because at FMU, you earn a baccalaureate degree whereas at FDTC, you only earn an associate's degree. FMU definitely provides a better liberal arts education, and you do more bookwork per say than at a technical college. I would also like to add that the BSN you earn is probably more valuable than the associate's degree from FDTC if you want to continue your education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look at other schools before deciding on FMU. While the academics and price are alluring, the location and social life in Florence are rather dull. Also, don't think that just because FMU admits a lot of students, that the academics are easy. The phrase you'll most commonly hear about FMU is easy to get in, hard to get out.

    In three sentences

    Francis Marion is a school that will definitely take you by surprise. It's constantly growing, and although a lot of people are accepted, not many graduate. The academics and professors I've encountered have been super friendly, and are more than willing to help you.