Franklin & Marshall College

Franklin & Marshall College


Located in historic Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Franklin & Marshall College is a private, residential liberal arts college dedicated to academic excellence and hands-on learning. F&M emphasizes learning by doing, rather than just listening and watching, and its students receive more than $500,000 in research grants every year. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1 and a culture of close faculty-student collaboration, F&M students are challenged by their professors in small classes to investigate real-world problems and to learn by doing, not by listening and watching. Through F&M’s distinctive College Houses, each F&M student becomes part of a tight-knit student community.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach College Prep

F&M College Prep is a three-week residential liberal arts college immersion experience that brings together rising high school seniors from underserved communities around the country and offers them the affective experience of college with substantive courses taught by F&M professors and communal life in our residence and dining halls. Franklin & Marshall covers all program costs, including room, board, program materials and transportation expenses. Each student receives a stipend of $500 upon completing the program. Students live in campus residence halls with their peers and program staff. The student-to-staff ratio is 5–1. Learn more about College Prep

Pre-College Prep & Outreach National College Advising Corps - Keystone Region

Based at F&M, this organization provides underserved, rural high schools in Pennsylvania with trained college advisers to help low-income, first-generation students make the transition from high school to college. Advisers assist students with the college search and application process through both individual and group meetings. Learn more about National College Advising Corps - Keystone Region

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Multicultural Overnight Diplomat Experience (MODE)

Every spring, F&M hosts MODE for admitted multicultural or first-generation students from across the country to get a closer look at life at F&M first hand. For three days and two nights, MODE participants stay overnight with a current F&M student, meet with current students, faculty and alumni who share their background and experience what student life would be like on F&M’s campus.

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Collegiate Leadership Summit

The Collegiate Leadership Summit is a two-day fly in program for students of historically underrepresented demographics in higher education to experience life at F&M. Delegates of the Collegiate Leadership Summit are proven leaders in their communities and are interested in issues of diversity. During the summit, delegates come together from across the country to interact with faculty and staff at F&M while they immerse themselves in leadership-oriented programming and experience social life at a highly selective liberal arts college. All delegates represent themselves to the Office of Admission through an interview and benefit from a campus tour as part of the 2-day experience. Counselors can nominate students for this event. Session 1: - Sunday September 27 - Tuesday, September 29 - Application Deadline: Friday, September 7 Session 2: - Sunday, November 8 - Tuesday, November 10 - Application Deadline: Friday, October 12 Learn more about Collegiate Leadership Summit

Scholarship & Financial Aid Posse University Partner

The Posse Foundation provides full-tuition scholarships to students with strong academic backgrounds and leadership experience who may not have received the same opportunities as others in the college admission process. Coming into F&M with an established peer support group and a campus mentor that meets with the group every other week, Posse participants are supported in their transition to life at F&M and to continue to strive for excellence in the collegiate setting.

Scholarship & Financial Aid The William H. Gray Scholarship Program

The William H. Gray Scholarship Program chooses approximately 40 students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds each year on the basis of academic strength, leadership ability and commitment to service. Scholarship recipients meet regularly with campus mentors to network with one another and form a peer support system. Learn more about The William H. Gray Scholarship Program

Student Life & Support The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMCA)

F&M's OMCA provides comprehensive support and advising services for students from diverse backgrounds. The department funds student groups and activities that promote cultural awareness, and offers academic support, such as peer mentoring and student tutoring in science, math and English writing. Learn more about The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMCA)

Student Diversity

  • 2,174
  • 50/50
  • 17%
    First-generation college students
  • n/a
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 5%
  • 6%
    Black or African American
  • 8%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 60%
  • 2%
    Two or more races
  • 6%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 14%

Student Success

  • 91%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 87%
    Six-year graduation
  • 82%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 97%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 276
    Full-time faculty
  • 29
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 9:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business, Organizations and Society; Government; Psychology; Sociology; Economics

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    African Dance Troupe, AfroCaribe Club, Asian Cultural Society, Black Student Union, I.M.P.A.C.T, Mi Gente Latina, SISTERS, International Club, LGBTA, Muslim Students Association,


Cost of Attendance

  • $50,300
  • $50,300
    In-state Tuition
  • $100
    Required Fees
  • $12,770
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $42,886,364
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $45,769
    Average aid package
  • $25,465
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 21%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 57%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students awarded any financial aid
  • 98%
    Students awarded any need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 5,427
    # of applicants
  • 39%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 29
    ACT Composite
  • 600—680
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 630—710
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $60
    Application Fee
  • $60
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/15, 1/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date