The City of Florence is a fine example of a genteel, Southern city. This mid-sized Southern city is large enough to boast a performance theater, symphony orchestra, many ballet companies, museums and festivals. Still, the City is small enough to preserve a small-town feeling with a number of tree-lined streets and parks, all of which add to the pleasant lifestyle that citizens enjoy. Residents exude a strong sense of community pride and Southern hospitality.
Francis Marion University
Founded in 1970, Francis Marion University is named in honor of South Carolina’s Revolutionary War hero, General Francis Marion, who was nicknamed “The Swamp Fox” for using terrain and guile to outwit his Loyalist adversaries. Today, FMU is one of South Carolina’s 13 four-year, state-assisted universities. Classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a master’s level university, FMU takes pride in providing a strong comprehensive, liberal arts education in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate studies.