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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
$19,760 Out-of-State
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
3,738 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
83% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
296 Graduates

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The median in-state tuition at Francis Marion University is $9,880, which is $2,889 more than the national median in-state tuition of $6,991. The cost of out-of-state tuition is $19,760, which is 200% of the cost for in-state students, and is $1,384 more than the national median out-of-state tuition of $18,376.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $10,070.

In 2016, 80% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 78% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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Francis Marion University received 3,738 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 1.55% annual growth. Out of those 3,738 applicants, 2,301 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 61.6% acceptance rate.

There were 3,874 students enrolled at Francis Marion University in 2016, and 43% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Francis Marion University has an overall enrollment yield of 31.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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Francis Marion University has a total enrollment of 3,874 students. The full-time enrollment at Francis Marion University is 3,216 students and the part-time enrollment is 658. This means that 83% of students enrolled at Francis Marion University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Francis Marion University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 50.6% White, 41.3% Black or African American, 2.56% Two or More Races, 1.91% Hispanic or Latino, 1.14% Asian, 0.44% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.03% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Francis Marion University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Black or African American Female (27.6%), followed by White Female (23.9%) and White Male (14.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (1.26%), followed by Black or African American Female (0.41%) and White Male (0.28%).

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In 2016, 323 more women than men graduated from Francis Marion University. The majority of students graduating from Francis Marion University are White. These 393 graduates mean that there were 1.49 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 263 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at Francis Marion University is Registered Nursing with 89 graduates, followed by General Biological Sciences with 89 graduates and General Psychology with 61 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at Francis Marion University, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Biology, with 89 graduates, followed by History with 19 graduates and Psychology with 83 graduates.


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Francis Marion University has an endowment valued at nearly $28.8M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $48,442 (0.17%), compared to the 1.44% average return ($414,206 on $28.9M) across all Master's Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, Francis Marion University had a total expenditure of $62.5M. Of that $62.5M, they spent $31.1M on salaries and $10.7M on benefits.

Francis Marion University employs 66 Assistant professors, 62 Professors, and 62 Associate professors. Most academics at Francis Marion University are Female Assistant professors (45), Male Professors (44), and Male Associate professors (36).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Francis Marion University are: Service, with 73 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 47 employees, and Management with 43 employees.



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