Franklin and Marshall College

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PO Box 3003

Lancaster, PA 17604

Phone: (717) 291-3911
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#45 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Franklin and Marshall College is a private institution that was founded in 1787. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,365, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Franklin and Marshall College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 45. Its tuition and fees are $46,285 (2013-14).

More than 200 years ago, Benjamin Franklin donated 200 English pounds to start the school now known as Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. These days, the institution is a well-regarded liberal arts college home to top-notch research and innovative student programming. One unique component of life as an F&M student is the "Harry Potter"-esque living situation. All first-year students are assigned to one of five college houses, known as Bonchek, Brooks, Weis, New and Ware. Each house is overseen by faculty members called dons and prefects. In each College House, students live together, share meals and plan and attend events. First-year students must live in their college house. Sophomores, juniors and seniors can choose to as well. In addition to activities through the college houses, students can choose from more than 100 clubs and organizations, including nearly a dozen fraternities and sororities. The Greek system draws more males than females; about 30 percent of men join, compared to about 35 percent of women. The F&M Diplomats sports teams are members of the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference and are especially competitive in men’s basketball and women’s lacrosse. Academic and extracurricular life stops each Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. for Common Hour, a small window of time for students and faculty to attend a campuswide lecture, movie snippet or event.

The tree-lined campus is in walking distance of downtown Lancaster’s main attractions. Stores and restaurants stay open late for First Friday, a lively celebration at the end of the first week of each month. On Third Fridays, art galleries and performance centers typically host shows. Students can also check out a Barnstormers game at the city’s baseball stadium or shop for groceries and crafts in Central Market, the country’s oldest continually operating farmer’s market. For a more metropolitan experience, Philadelphia is about 1.5 hours away.

Students can get involved in research projects early at Franklin and Marshall College. The school receives more than $500,000 a year for projects, and research fairs in the fall and spring showcase student-faculty projects. Students are also encouraged to study abroad; the school offers programs in 200 locations around the world, and about half of the student body studies abroad each year. Notable alumni of the college include Denis Cortese, emeritus president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic; Kenneth M. Duberstein, Ronald Reagan’s former chief of staff; and Mary L. Schapiro, former chairperson of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Franklin & Marshall is a residential undergraduate liberal arts college that aims to inspire in young people of high promise and diverse backgrounds a genuine and enduring love for learning, to teach them to read, write, and think critically, to instill in them the capacity for both independent and collaborative action, and to educate them to explore and understand the natural, social and cultural worlds in which they live. Historically known for the natural and social sciences, the College also boasts high quality humanities and arts programs, with outstanding facilities for music and theatrical performance and artistic exhibitions.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1787
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $285,108,000


When applying to Franklin and Marshall College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Franklin and Marshall College is $60. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 39.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 39.3%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Franklin and Marshall College is 9:1, and the school has 56.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Franklin and Marshall College include: Business/Commerce, General; Political Science and Government, General; Psychology, General; Economics, General; and Sociology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 92.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 79%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business/Commerce, General 12%
Political Science and Government, General 11%
Psychology, General 6%
Economics, General 5%
Sociology 5%

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Student Life

Franklin and Marshall College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,365, with a gender distribution of 47.9 percent male students and 52.1 percent female students. At this school, 97 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 3 percent of students live off campus. Franklin and Marshall College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,365
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Franklin and Marshall College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Franklin and Marshall College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Franklin and Marshall College.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Franklin and Marshall College, 47.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $34,145.

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Tuition and fees $46,285 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,010 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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