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Francis Marion University

Florence, SC 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate86%
Acceptance Rate86%

Francis Marion University Admissions

If you want to apply to Francis Marion University, the application fee is $41.

Francis Marion University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Francis Marion University's admissions stats.

Francis Marion University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 12%
Mean SAT Score 1036
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 20%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 19%
Waitlist No

Francis Marion University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Francis Marion University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Considering Applying Early to Francis Marion University?

Francis Marion University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Find a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Francis Marion University Admissions

Is Francis Marion University Challenging To Get Into?

It is moderately difficult to get into Francis Marion University. Francis Marion University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Francis Marion University accepted 86% of students, approximately 2,608 from 3,028 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Francis Marion University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Francis Marion University

For more information on transferring to Francis Marion University, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to Francis Marion University

Francis Marion University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Francis Marion University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Francis Marion University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Francis Marion University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Geographical Residence Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
State Residency Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Francis Marion University for more information on admission factors.

Francis Marion University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Francis Marion University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Francis Marion University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Francis Marion University?

Students admitted to Francis Marion University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9. Francis Marion University considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 94% submitted a class rank. At Francis Marion University 12% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 36% were in the top 25% and 69% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Francis Marion University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 46%
3.75 and 3.99 11%
3.50 and 3.74 11%
3.25 and 3.49 10%
3.00 and 3.24 9%
2.50 and 2.9 11%
2.00 and 2.49 1%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Francis Marion University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Francis Marion University considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Francis Marion University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 20% of Francis Marion University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 19% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Francis Marion University?

To be competitive with other Francis Marion University applicants, you should strive to score between 943 and 1118 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Francis Marion University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1118 and 25% of scored lower than 943, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Francis Marion University student is 1036.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Francis Marion University students scored 550 or higher and 75% of students scored 470 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Francis Marion University students scored 570 or higher, and 75% scored a 470 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Francis Marion University?

To be most competitive at Francis Marion University, you should strive to earn between 15 and 22 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 22 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Francis Marion University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 22, and three out of four students scored lower than 22 on the ACT.

A 15 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Francis Marion University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 15.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Francis Marion University

Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Francis Marion University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Francis Marion University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Francis Marion University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Francis Marion University.

Does Francis Marion University accept transfer credits?

✅ Francis Marion University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Francis Marion University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

Does Francis Marion University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Francis Marion University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Francis Marion University?

❌ No, Francis Marion University is test optional, so you can make the call whether to submit your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Francis Marion University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Francis Marion University is 86%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Francis Marion University?

❌ Francis Marion University does not offer early decision.

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Francis Marion University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Francis Marion University? Francis Marion University is a somewhat selective institution. The Francis Marion University acceptance rate is 86%. This means that the institution accepts 86 out of every 100 applicants.


Francis Marion University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Francis Marion University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Francis Marion University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Francis Marion University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

943 - 1118


Math SAT Range

460 - 550


Reading SAT Range

470 - 570

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1118 and Above


943 to 1118


943 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Francis Marion University students is 1036. Applicants with SAT scores of 1118 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Francis Marion University, while applicants with SAT scores between 943 to 1118 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 943 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Francis Marion University.

Francis Marion University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Francis Marion University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.89. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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