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Established in 1787, Franklin & Marshall College is a little liberal arts gem located in south central Pennsylvania. With around 2,300 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, the College Houses (residential communities), and multiple affiliated study abroad programs.

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 a modest majority are 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, dubbed by Forbes in 2018 as a “newly hip Victorian city” and among its top 10 “coolest places to visit,” offers plenty of entertainment and dining options (such as the Central Market), and a mall is just fifteen minutes away.

Contact & Visit

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 Blue Line 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

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Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

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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


Applicants: 6,557
Acceptance Rate: 35%



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