Francis Marion University (FMU) is located in Florence, South Carolina. It was first built on a 100-acre plot of land that was a gift from the Walter G. and J.W. Wallace families. Founded in 1970, it was established as a college and then reached university status in 1992.
Since its inception, its academic offerings have expanded along with its physical campus, adding many new majors and programs as well as new classrooms, labs, and residence halls. Nearly every building on campus today is new or has been reconstructed or renovated since it was built. One of only 13 public, coeducational universities in the state, the school seeks to offer a premier liberal arts education through both undergraduate and graduate programs.