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Established in 1787, Franklin & Marshall College is a little liberal arts gem located in south central Pennsylvania. 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 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."

Student Body

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 three to five 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

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.

Overview

Applicants
6,953
Acceptance Rate
36%

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
630 - 730

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
650 - 760

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — January 15

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
293
with Terminal Degree
254

156
Men
137
Women
34
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
83%
Graduate in 5 years
86%
Graduate in 6 years
87%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • German Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

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

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration, Management and Operations

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • 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

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • 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
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


William Gray
Retired Pres., United Negro College Fund

Kenneth Duberstein
White House Chief of Staff, Pres. Reagan

James Lapine
playwright

Kenneth Mehlman
Chair, Republican National Committee

Mary Shapiro
President, NASDAQ Regulation, Inc.

Treat Williams
Actor

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
83%
Graduate in 5 years
86%
Graduate in 6 years
87%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$46,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$106,000

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$47,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$109,000

Percent High Job Meaning
32%

Percent STEM
16%


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." PayScale.com reports an average starting salary of $46,300 and a mid-career average of $98,200 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.

A major component of the educational philosophy at Franklin & Marshall is "learning by doing." Alumna 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. 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. In fact, 61 percent of students complete at least one summer internship during their time at F&M. Caitlin Krutsick told us about two internships she secured through F&M 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." "Our alumni are very committed and loyal to the college," Dr. Stephen Medvic, professor of government, told us, and that plays a huge role in integrating students into the job market. Caitlin Krutsick agreed: "I think F&M has created an extensive alumni network full of successful and hardworking individuals that gives graduating students credibility as they go out in search of employment."

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$44,761

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$42,719

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,154

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,133

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$47,424

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$54,280
Required Fees
$100
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,676
Transportation for Commuters
$100

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,580
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,255
Foreign Countries Represented
49

Demographics

5.40%
Asian
5.54%
African-American
8.60%
Hispanic
57.20%
Caucasian
5.76%
Unknown
15.17%
International

53% female
47% male
73% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
99%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
140
Number of Honor Societies
13

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
8

22% join a fraternity
27% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Diplomats)
14 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Diplomats)
14 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered

Sustainability

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.

93/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
No

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
12%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
No

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
No

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
24

Average Number of PC's per Lab
11

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell/Lenovo/Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kim Bryan
Campus Visit Coordinator

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

Phone
717-291-3951

Email
kimberlee.bryan@fandm.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Alumni Sport and Fitness Center
Barshinger Center in Hensel Hall
Barnes and Noble Bookstore and Zime'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
717-291-3951

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Contact Admission office for details

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
www.fandm.edu/visit/admission-visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
available to high school seniors

Transportation

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: http://www.fandm.edu/x1981.xml

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


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