Higher Education

Francis Marion University and Florence-Darlington Technical college provide resources for educational enrichment of Florence county residents and quality programs for its students. Francis Marion offers four-year degrees, continuing education opportunities, and coursework towards a Masters in Business and Master in Education. Both institutions provide an excellent opportunity for professionals to offer teaching assistance in their field of expertise.

Francis Marion University

Francis Marion University is a four-year Liberal Arts University, which was established in 1970, was formerly the University of South Carolina at Florence. It is located on a 309-acre campus, seven miles east of Florence. The University offers concerts, cultural exhibits, lectures and special courses to area citizens.

Francis Marion offers undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences, business administration and education. Francis Marion has excellent graduate programs in business administration, education and psychology. Francis Marion has a highly qualified faculty, the majority of whom hold the highest earned degrees in their fields. The academic program of Francis Marion consists of the following departments:

  • Biology
  • Education
  • Chemistry and Physics
  • Sociology and Philosophy
  • Political Science and Geography
  • Business Administration and Economics
  • Modern Language (French, German, and Spanish)
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Fine Arts
  • Mathematics

Florence-Darlington Technical College

Florence-Darlington Technical College is a comprehensive, two-year, post-secondary, public institution. through technical and general education programs, the College responds to the community, economic, and educational needs in its service region. It offers:

  • Specialized Training for New and Expanding Businesses and Industries
  • Comprehensive Technical Training
  • College Transfer Program
  • Continuing Education
  • Transitional Studies
  • Community Services
  • Student Development Services

The College has an enrollment of over 3,000 students. The 100 acre campus contains a modern complex of buildings totaling nearly 3000,000 square feet.

The Special Schools programs of the South Carolina Technical Education System has been a model for the nation since 1961. In fact, it has played a prominent role in attracting many new an prestigious companies to South Carolina. Special Schools (located at each of the state s 16 technical colleges) provide specialized programs to help new and expanding industries to meet their initial training needs. The Special School located at Florence-Darlington Technical College has provided start-up training assistance for many Florence County industries. In recent years, the Amana Corporation, General Electric, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Hoffmann-La Roche, and many others have benefited from special schools training received at Florence-Darlington Technical College.

Education Stats

  • Number of 4 year colleges/universities: 2
  • Total enrollment 4 year colleges/universities: 5,665
  • Number Two-year schools: 1
  • Total enrollment Two-year schools: 8,212
  • Number Less-than-two-year schools: 1
  • Total enrollment Less-than-two-year schools: 476
  • High school dropouts (1990): 809
  • High school graduates (1990): 64.3%
  • With bachelor’s degree (1990): 14.8%
  • % of children attending private schools (1990): 6.0
  • State per pupil expenditure (1992-93): $4,624
  • SAT Scores (1994-1995):
    • Students taking SAT (state): 56%
    • Verbal score (state): 479
    • Math score (state): 474