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Franklin and Marshall Admissions Information

Franklin and Marshall College
Lancaster, PA (map)


Franklin and Marshall College was founded more than 200 years ago in, perhaps, one of the best educational investments that comes to mind: a 200 British Pound donation by Benjamin Franklin. In the centuries that have passed since Franklin’s initial contribution, F&M has grown into two seemingly contrasting entities: a renowned research institution, and a well-regarded liberal arts college. Still, Franklin and Marshall succeeds as each. The school hosts research fairs in the fall and spring, which focus on student-faculty projects. These projects are easy to come by, especially with the college’s sole focus on undergraduate degrees and relatively low student-to-faculty ratio. In addition, F&M encourages that students take time to study abroad; during any given semester, nearly a third of the student body is studying abroad.

Franklin and Marshall’s community atmosphere flourishes on campus. The school’s living quarters are reminiscent of a Harry Potter-type situation, by which each freshman is assigned to one of four College Houses which are overseen by faculty members. Members of the same College House live, eat, and attend events together. By a student’s third year, he or she may elect to leave the College House (but can stay). Many students (about 35% of males and 17% of females) choose to participate in the Greek system, which proves to be a popular diversion for group-oriented students. In addition, Lancaster is truly a welcoming area to Franklin and Marshall students. The city hosts First Friday on, understandably enough, the first Friday of each month, during which stores and restaurants stay open late. The similarly-named Third Fridays feature local art galleries and performance theaters.



Basic Info

Main Address: PO Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604
Phone Number: (717) 291-3951  
Website: https://www.fandm.edu/  


Type of school: Liberal Arts College  
Type of school: Coed, Private  
Setting: Suburban setting, Small city; Residential campus  
Athletics: Division III, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Club  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's  
Size of undergraduate student body: 2,335  
Percent out-of-state: 69%  
Percent international: 8.64%  
Female to Male ratio: 52:48  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 10:1  
Most popular majors: Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Studies
Foreign Languages and Literature
Physical Sciences
Visual and Performing Arts
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Honors Program
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
New York Semester
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Apartments For Single Students
Special Housing For International Students
Campus Ministries
Concert Band
International Students
Literary Magazine
Musical Theater
Radio Station
Student Government
Symphony Orchestra
Choral Groups
Jazz Band
Music Ensembles
Student Newspaper
Television Station

Fun Facts

  • Playing as the Diplomats, Franklin and Marshall's sports teams are noted for having a particularly just mascot.
  • F&M receives more than $500,000 annually for undergrad research endeavors.
  • Ranked as a Best Northeastern College.

Admissions Information

With an acceptance rate under 50% and a particularly small student body, Franklin and Marshall is noted as premiere within the scope of specifically liberal-arts colleges. The school is considered to be selective. In general, F&M seeks well-rounded students, and specifically considers the applicant's essay, class rank, GPA, and personal qualities to be the most important factors for admission.

Admission officials at Franklin and Marshall also look to an applicant's recommendations, interview, demonstrated talents, and extracurricular activities as a way to get to know the student better. While not as important, factors such as alumni relation and geographical residence are also considered in the admissions process.

Admissions address: PO Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604
Phone number: (717) 291-3953  
Fax number: (717) 291-4389  
Admissions Website: https://www.fandm.edu/admission  
Email: admission@fandm.edu  
Contact Person: Julie Kerich, Interim Director of Admission  
Number of first-year applications received: 4,934  
Percent of applicants admitted: 45%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: February 1  
Early decision/action deadline: November 15 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: 2 Academic Teacher Evaluations
School Report/Mid Year Report/Final Report
Standardized Test Scores OR 2 Graded Writing Samples

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT or ACT OR
Two Graded Writing Samples
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Test Scores Optional  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 2261  
ACT code: 3574  
Learn more about other Small Pennsylvania schools:
Dickinson   Haverford   Swarthmore  

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