Franklin & Marshall College

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School Overview

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

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.

Franklin and Marshall College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (717) 358-3911
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: College Ave, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 2,315
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 86%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 2,315 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $58,800
Out-of-state Tuition: $58,800
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 61%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $45,933

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Franklin and Marshall College Programs

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Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 5
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 4
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 4
Health Professions and Related Programs 1
History 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 4
Natural Resources and Conservation 2
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 4
Social Sciences 4
Visual and Performing Arts 6
Grand total 42

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

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Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $58,800
Out-of-state $58,800
Books and supplies $1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 375 61%
Grant or scholarship aid 334 55% $45,933
Student loan aid 298 49% $6,589

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,330 58% $45,464
Federal student loans 1,005 44% $5,427

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Franklin and Marshall College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Franklin and Marshall College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 9,502 4,255 5,247
Percent admitted 100% 28% 33%
Percent admitted who enrolled 7% 7% 6%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Franklin and Marshall College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 2,315
Undergraduate enrollment 2,315
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Franklin and Marshall College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does 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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