Franklin & Marshall College campus


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
590 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
630 - 710
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 30


Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

January 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Animal Behavior and Ethology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Public Health

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General

Students Say

Established in 1787, Franklin & Marshall College is a little liberal arts gem located in Pennsylvania Amish country. With around 2,200 students, F&M offers numerous opportunities for academic exploration and expansion, and there is “a great balance between a strong and competitive academic culture, talented and successful athletic teams, and a vibrant social life.” The school offers numerous interdisciplinary majors and minors, “does an excellent job of making sure you know how to write,” and a collaborative learning experience that extends beyond the classroom through research opportunities and the College Houses (residential communities).
The rigorous academics are “demanding and challenging” gauntlets thrown down by professors that are “esteemed published scholars in their respective fields.” “You’ll work hard but you’ll learn a lot,” says a student. Small classes offer plenty of face and advice time with these scholars: “Whether it be for class selection or post graduate paths, they are always there to help.” “The support for a student here is absolutely astonishing,” says another. The classroom setting at F&M is completely different from the traditional lecture halls of bigger a schools, and students “often have round tables for close discussion with…professors.”
Students love the fact that academic and personal growth are equally important, and the environment is shaped by “people who are active both in school and extracurriculars, and who get excited about both.”
“Someone said to me the other week that you’re not taking advantage of what F&M has to offer if you haven’t been to a professor ’s office and discussed something other than class,” says a student. The professors at F&M all have “a certain level of uniqueness” in them, but students appreciate that they all possess a great level of understanding. “My professors have managed to get me engaged in areas that have always seemed like a bore to me.”



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

William Gray
Retired Pres., United Negro College Fund

Kenneth Duberstein
White House Chief of Staff, Pres. Reagan

James Lapine

Kenneth Mehlman
Chair, Republican National Committee

Mary Shapiro
President, NASDAQ Regulation, Inc.

Treat Williams

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Alumni with High Job Meaning

Return on Education (ROE) rating

Students Say

“F&M is all about good undergrad programs and tight-knit networking,” one student says. Students praise the alumni network that helps F&M get a leg-up in their post-college careers. One says, “there are interesting opportunities for volunteer activities and internships everywhere I look.” reports an average starting salary of $44,600 and a mid-career average of $93,700 for F&M graduates. Lancaster is the third most common post-college employment location after New York and Philadelphia. Popular companies for F&M grads include Morgan Stanley, Citi, Deloitte, and Merrill Lynch.

Colleges that Create Futures

Practical Experience

A major component of the F&M educational philosophy is “learning by doing.” Katie Rouff-Ward told us about some of the experiential learning opportunities she took part in throughout her F&M career. “I was involved in a student-run finance portfolio through the finance department . . . We were given a set amount of money from an alum and we were able to manage it.” This experience put her in a good position to take on more responsibility when she moved on to internships at two different banks, including one that focused on investing, that ultimately helped her land top jobs in the financial industry. “I ended up getting a job with Prudential Investing through Career Services. Prudential had an accelerated management development program and that really launched my career. They came to F&M, and they hired two of us. It was twenty-eight college just-grads from all over the country. We did internships at Prudential and then at the end of the program we could pick where we wanted to be.” And that wasn’t the only opportunity; according to Katie, “a lot of companies came to campus. I was going to an interview every other day.”
Katie told us that “the career services department has been completely revamped now” and has taken on new roles as the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD), where she is involved as an alumna. OSPGD starts working with students the moment they walk in the door to develop fundamental career skills, like networking and financial literacy. It helps students secure internships and interviews with potential employers. “They have a boot camp for all seniors, where they do role plays, they work on interview skills, and resume writing,” Katie told us. Sixty-one percent of students complete at least one summer internship during their time at F&M, and high-level alums like Katie are a huge support.
Caitlin Krutsick told us about two internships that she secured through the college and that helped her start her career at a policy think tank in D.C.: “The first was during the summer between my sophomore and junior years. I found an internship opportunity to work in the law office of an F&M alumnus through the alumni network database. His law firm was small, so my internship involved a lot of substantive work that I’m sure interns at large, corporate law firms would not get to have. Additionally, this alum was a commissioner for his township, so I also had the opportunity to do work for him in that capacity and gain exposure to local government operations.”
Stephen Medvic, professor of government, told us that the government program that Caitlin studied in is one of the college’s largest, with “a long and storied history of connecting people into the practical world of politics and governing.” And part of that history is the Wise internships, “which give students a stipend [that pays for living expenses so that they can take an unpaid internship] and [. . .] live in D.C. or Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, to do work in government, politics, or something related to public affairs.”
Service Learning

The college also has a robust selection of service learning opportunities that partner students with organizations that like the School District of Lancaster, where students volunteer as tutors, and “community-based learning courses that [work] with refugees,” Stephen Medvic, professor of government, told us. These classes and opportunities help students discover interests they didn’t know they had and connect with careers that can put those interests to work. “A lot of students,” Dr. Medvic said, “learn that they are interested in criminal justice or the legal profession by taking a Public Health Course.” The community-based learning class called Problem Solving Courts or Drug Courts “is kind of a joint effort between government and biology.” Part of the public health major, the class is taught by a local judge, and “students [engage] with the local problem-solving court [through visits and interviews] with people who have gone through the system. It’s a field that most of them never even thought of that maybe someday they want to be a judge or some kind of advocate in that system.”
Special Facilities

Instead of typical freshman dorms, F&M sorts freshmen into five distinctive “Houses.” The Houses, which include rooms for seminars and dynamic common areas that function as meeting rooms and performance stages, “are designed to be a third space between the classroom and the residential experience” where “students [engage in] intellectual [activity] close to where they live,” Stephen Medvic, professor of government, told us.
Each house has its own distinct personality, complete with a “crest” designed by the house’s founding residents, and each “receives a substantial annual budget that students may spend on social programs, décor, academic and community activities, special projects and more,” according to the school. “Students disburse these funds through House governments that draft their own constitutions.” The houses become a space where academics and social life mingle, where students use house funds to host dinners with artists and business leaders, produce plays and faculty-student publications, throw yard-sales to raise money for local nonprofits, and conduct research with faculty. Houses even inspire distinctive academic communities, such as the Junto Society, modeled after Benjamin Franklin’s group of the same name, where members present papers they have written “on a topic of public interest and current debate for discussion by all members,” or the Marshall Fellows Program, a kind of lab where “students think about and prepare for post-graduate opportunities,” according to the college.
Caitlin Krutsick was a Junto member, and she told us, “After presenting your paper, the entire group of faculty and students discussed the paper and asks questions of the author about what he or she had found in the research. I wrote my paper on ‘Big Ag’ and how agribusiness affects the food in our supply chain, and therefore, our health. It was a rewarding experience to be able to dive into a topic outside of my major, and to hear from peers about topics that interested them. Sharing in dialogue often offers the best learning experiences, and Junto certainly shows the value of opening doors to have those conversations.”
Faculty don’t live on-site, but “[they keep their offices there] and teach classes over there, they come over to show a film in the evening,” Dr. Medvic told us. “We are an active faculty so we are on campus not just to teach . . . but we’re in our offices a lot even when we’re outside of office hours. Students pop in all the time, if something occurs to them or they’re walking down the hall. . . Students can pop in if they’re nervous about job prospects or career choices.” This is the kind of truly personal attention that is only available at a small college and that F&M has gone to great lengths to curate. Professor Kimberly M. Armstrong, a 26-year veteran in the Spanish department, said, “It is very hard to not have a relationship with a professor. My son is finishing his first year at a large university, and not one of his professors knows his name. I know the names of all the students who are in my classes by the end of the first week in class.”
As a result, “[students] become a lot more independent,” Dr. Medvic told us. “We pride ourselves on begin a rigorous, demanding school. A lot of times freshman get here and they’re smart, they’re capable, they’re hardworking, but they just get overwhelmed right off the bat. And they should kind of feel that way. They won’t have their sea legs yet. That means that they need direction figuring out how to stabilize everything, how to manage the workload, and how to find themselves.” The F&M community works as a wonderful stabilizing force, so that by the time they leave, “they find an identity. They become much more independent when they leave here.”


Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
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Bottom Line

The basic tuition at F&M currently stands at $46,185. Student housing costs range from $7,300 to $8,590 depending on the rooming situation. Meal plans and other fees bring up the room and board total to an average of $12,010. While F&M meets 100 percent of students’ financial needs, they do not offer merit-based scholarships.

Bang For Your Buck

“We all know that we’re paying $52,000 a year to be here, it’s no secret,” one student says. However, roughly half of the student body receives needs-based financial aid. F&M is committed to meeting 100 percent of student’s financial needs. The school determines those needs “based on an institutional methodology that analyzes family income, assets, and other circumstances.” The school eliminated merit-based scholarships—which one student calls “a huge mistake”—in order to commit to enrolling “highly qualified students who could not otherwise afford a Franklin & Marshall College education.” The school does provide students with resources to find merit-based scholarships awarded by outside institutions.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



51% female
49% male
76% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Students Say

These “smart overachievers who work hard” are also “some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.” Though mostly white, there is an “amazing diversity” on campus, with a bent towards “slightly preppy, but very open-minded.” Many F&M students are on a varsity sports team as well as a member of a sorority or fraternity, and a typical student” is probably involved in 3-5 clubs and is trying out for theater, an a capella group, or another organization.” Students categorically study hard, and “fill our free time with fun and meaningful clubs and community service.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Students Say

Athletic teams are “highly competitive and are very active in the local community,” and there is a “large emphasis” on fraternity and sorority life and sports teams at F&M. There is always something to do on weekends, between “[staying] in or [going] to the cinemas to watch movies with your roommates, [hanging] out in frat parties or [attending] events run by an organization for alternative options for frat parties.” Club organizations are wildly popular, and “campus is not big, so getting around takes about ten minutes no matter where you are.” “We all really get into our extracurricular activities,” says a student.
Off-campus, downtown Lancaster offers plenty of entertainment and dining options (such as the Central Market), and a mall is just fifteen minutes away. College Houses often take “really fun field trips” and in the spring and fall the Barnstormers (the minor league baseball team), is a popular destination for students.

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

24% join a fraternity
36% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Diplomats)
14 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Diplomats)
14 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Millersville University


At Franklin & Marshall, environmental stewardship and sustainability are addressed through the college’s academic programs in environmental science, geoscience, biology, environmental studies, and public policy. These interdisciplinary majors and programs offer opportunities for extensive student-faculty collaborative research, as well as participation in green living and learning initiatives at the Spalding and Millport Conservancies, the Wohlsen Center for the Sustainable Environment, and the Sustainability House. The Campus Sustainability Committee promotes sustainability initiatives on campus. The Environmental Speakers Series provides lectures throughout the year, and the Wohlsen Center runs a bicycle-sharing program as well as Sustainability Week each year. Dining halls are trayless, and all new facilities are required to seek LEED Silver certification or its equivalent. Recycling is available in all campus buildings. Sustainability House students live together in a residence featuring a solar energy array, low-flow water system, efficient lighting, used furniture and composting—all innovations suggested by the residents. The Environmental Action Alliance (a student club) runs a fair trade café, and its so-called “Dirt Army” grows organic produce at the school’s community garden. Franklin & Marshall students will be the future of environmental sustainability; a member of the faculty, former regional director of EPA, guides students to internships and jobs at the EPA. Faculty in Earth and Environment, as well as Biology, in consultation with Career Services and Alumni Programs, help place students in green graduate programs, internships, and jobs.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple Inc.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Kim Bryan
Campus Visit Coordinator

Office of Admission
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Alumni Sport and Fitness Center
Barshinger Center in Hensel Hall
Barnes and Noble Bookstore and Jazzman's Cafe
Roschel Performing Arts Center
Writers House

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Central Market
The Fulton Opera House
Tanger and Rockvale Square Outlet Malls
Hersheypark (20 minutes from campus)
Wheatland (Pres. James Buchanan's home)

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; select Saturdays
8:30am-5pm; 9:30am-noon

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Contact Admission office for details

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Harrisburg International Airport is a 40-minute drive from campus. Rental cars are available at the airport. Amtrak trains provide regular east/west daily service to Lancaster. Continental Trailways buses also provide regular daily bus service to Lancaster.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Rt. 30 in Lancaster, take the Harrisburg Pike Exit. Follow Harrisburg Pike East (toward downtown Lancaster) approximately 2 miles. FandM will be on your right. For more detailed information please refer to:

Local Accommodations
Lancaster Arts Hotel 300 Harrisburg Avenue 866.720.ARTS Eden Resort Inn 222 Eden Rd (717)569-6444 Hampton Inn 545 Greenfield Rd (717)299-1200 Hilton Garden Inn 101 Granite Run Dr (717)560-0880 Holiday Inn East 521 Greenfield Rd. (717)299-2551 Ramada Inn 2250 Lincoln Hwy. East (717)393-5499 Sleep Inn US Route 30 Mountville Exit (717)285-0444 King's Cottage (Bed and Breakfast) 1049 E. King Street (717)397-1017 Mainstay Suites US Route 30 Mountville Exit (717)285-1779