Rooted in more than 225 years of educational excellence, Franklin & Marshall is a college in motion: moving forward, evolving in response to an ever-changing world. A highly selective residential liberal arts college, its campus is located in the small city of Lancaster, three hours from New York City; two hours from Washington, D.C.; and 90 minutes from Philadelphia. F&M is a place that makes a difference in the lives of students—and whose students make a difference in the world.
Founded in 1787 by inventor/scientist/diplomat Benjamin Franklin, Franklin & Marshall is known for undergraduate research, internships, and fellowship opportunities. Nearly 70% of students will take at least one independent learning opportunity before graduation. A leading source of medical and law school matriculants, F&M ranks among the top 7% of U.S. colleges
in placing graduates into Ph.D. programs. Students choose F&M because they know a liberal arts education is the best preparation for life.
At Franklin & Marshall, students master the skills that make liberal arts graduates such successful leaders, but they also have advanced opportunities to put these competencies into practice through research, publication, internship opportunities, directed study, and courses designed to include practical application. It is this combination of the theoretical and the practical that gives our graduates an advantage as they pursue graduate school, professional school, and job opportunities.
At Franklin & Marshall, extracurriculars are not “extra.” They are central to student life. Nationally recognized for public service, F&M finds that most students give of their time to help others (over 86,000 collective hours of service). They also produce concerts, choreograph recitals, direct plays, write news stories, and play sports. Squash, soccer, basketball, and tennis are some of the 28 varsity sports. Students enjoy competitive opportunities in cricket, debate, and chess as well.
Franklin & Marshall looks for bright, high-achieving students who are passionate in their pursuit of knowledge. Outstanding performance in a strong university preparatory curriculum at the secondary school level is expected. The SAT is required. Students whose native language is not English should submit the TOEFL or IELTS. Results of other regional/national exams are helpful. The Common Application form is used by all applicants.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is located on the East Coast of the United States. It is near Washington, D.C.; New York City; and Philadelphia. Lancaster is served by both train and air transportation. The seasonal climate includes some snow in the winter.
Type of College: Independent, non-sectarian, coeducational, four-year liberal arts college founded in 1787
Size of Campus: 182 acres
Number of Students:
2,400 students (Undergraduate international population is 14%.)
Average class size: 16
Student-faculty ratio: 9:1
Number of Faculty: 190
Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: Africana Studies; American Studies; Anthropology; Arabic (Language Instruction); Art History; Astronomy; Astrophysics; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biological Foundations of Behavior (Animal Behavior or Neuroscience); Biology; Business, Organizations, and Society; Chemistry; Chinese (language instruction); Classics, Classical Archaeology, and Ancient History; Comparative Literary Studies*; Computer Science; Dance; Economics; Engineering (3-2 Program); English (Creative Writing or Literature); 3-2 Environmental Management; Environmental Science; Environmental Studies; Film and Media Studies; Forestry and Environmental Studies (3-2 Program); French; Geosciences; German; German Language and Literature*; German Studies*; Government; Greek; Hebrew (Language Instruction); History; International and Area Studies*; Italian*; Japanese (Language Instruction); Judaic Studies; Latin; Mathematics; Music; Neuroscience (Biological Foundations of Behavior); Philosophy; Physics; Psychology; Public Health; Public Policy; Religious Studies; Russian Language and Literature*; Russian Studies*; Science, Technology, and Society; Scientific and Philosophical Studies of the Mind; Sociology; Spanish; Special Studies; Studio Art; Theater; Women and Gender Studies
Pre-professional advising is available in Dentistry, Law, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine. Students may also choose the Pre-healing Arts, Pre-law, 3-2 Engineering, or 3-2 Forestry sequences.
* Available as a minor
Geographic Diversity: 43 states; Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; and 45 countries are represented.
International Student Services: The International Student Advisor assists in securing necessary travel documents and oversees the orientation program. The Joseph International Center, which opened in 2006, provides programming and residential opportunities. The International Club is among the largest on campus.
International Student Budget: (2015–2016)
Tuition, Services & Activities Fee $50,300 per year
Health Services Fee $100 per year
New Student Orientation Fee $200 (one-time fee)
Student Health Insurance (through Hulse/QM) $1,800 per year
- Health insurance coverage is required for all full-time students to cover them for every day of their higher education career (policy runs August 1 to July 31).
- F&M’s coverage can be waived if student provides verifiable proof of comparable insurance coverage (see below for more information).
225 Meal Block Plan w/ $120 Flex $2,610 per semester
Standard Room Fee (Double/Triple) $7,550 per year
Financial Aid: F&M awards around $2 million per year in need-based assistance to international students in each entering class.
Test Score Requirements:
SAT Reasoning Test or ACT
SAT Combined Reading and Math average: 1314
ACT composite average: 30
Application Deadlines and Fees: The Early Decision deadlines are November 15 for Round 1 and January 15 for Round 2. The Regular Decision deadline is January 15. Application fee is $60.