Franklin & Marshall College

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Franklin & Marshall College (locally referred to as “F&M”) is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The college employs a staff of around 175 full-time faculty members, and has as average full-time student enrollment of about 2100.

F&M is well known for its rigorous curriculum, numerous student-run clubs and engaging campus life. In 2011, Newsweek ranked F&M the 4th most rigorous college in the nation. In 2009, Forbe’s ranked F&M 36th overall on its “America’s Best Colleges” list. And in 2003 the Princeton Review ranked F&M #1 in Faculty Accessibility. During the 2012 admissions cycle the college’s accpetance dropped to just over 35%, with helped to improve the college’s admissions profile. The average SAT score, combining both Critical Reading and Math, for entering freshman is 1311.

The F&M athletics teams, known as the F&M Diplomats, belong to the Centennial Conference and offers both male and female students a well developed athletics program. Sports programs at F&M include basketball, baseball/softball, football, lacrosse, outdoor/indoor track and field, cross country, soccer, field hockey, swimming, golf, volleyball, rowing, and even ultimate Frisbee. F&M competes in NCAA Division III for all varsity sports except wrestling (strictly Division I), and men/women’s squash, which are non divisional. They also have excellent Rugby teams for both male and female, which have become serious contenders for regional and national championships each season in the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union.

General Information

Admission Office
PO Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604-3003
(717) 291-3953
Fax: (717) 291-4389
[email protected]
Contact: Sara Harberson
Dean of Admission
Main Address
PO Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604-3003
(717) 291-3951

Total undergrads: 2,164
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 588
Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,118

Suburban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:


Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 36%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 94%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African Studies B
African-American Studies B
American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business Administration/Management B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
French B
German B
Greek, Ancient B
Latin B
Spanish B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Behavioral Sciences B
Biopsychology B
Neuroscience B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Astronomy B
Astrophysics B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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