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Franklin and Marshall College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Franklin and Marshall College

Franklin and Marshall College (F&M) is a private, 4-year school located in the small city of Lancaster, PA. Founded with a donation by Benjamin Franklin in 1787, the school is one of the oldest colleges in the United States. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked F&M number 46 among the best national liberal arts colleges.


Franklin and Marshall College has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1921. F&M students can choose from over 60 fields of study at the bachelor's degree level. In 2011, some of the most popular majors included business administration, psychology, political science and government, biology and sociology.

In 2011, U.S. News & World Report identified the college's Human Rights/Human Wrongs course as one of the ten college classes that most impacts the world. In this class, students help people in other countries obtain political asylum in the United States.

The college boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 9:1. The average class at the school has 19 students.

All students are encouraged to take advantage of off-campus learning opportunities, such as study abroad experiences, travel courses and internships. About one-third of students study oversees or in other off-campus locations each year.


The school accepts the common application with a supplement. Applications can be submitted online or by mail. All applications must include ACT or SAT scores, a school report form completed by a high school guidance counselor, high school transcripts, two teacher evaluation forms, a personal statement and a $60 application fee. Students who do not believe that their standardized test forms sufficiently demonstrate their academic skills can additionally submit two graded essays.

Two early application deadlines are offered. Students applying by November 15 of their senior year of high school receive an admission decision by December 15, while those who apply by January 15 are notified by February 15. The deadline for regular admissions is February 1, with notification being delivered by April 1.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year was $44,260 per year; this included services and activities fees. That same year, housing costs ranged from $7,330-$8,590 and board from $2,360-$4,420. Students have the option to pay tuition through an installment plan, in which they make ten payments throughout the school year.

To help with tuition costs, work study opportunities and scholarships are available, some of which are based on merit. Other scholarships are awarded to specific ethnic groups or for winning a writing competition.

School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 2,363 undergraduate students in 2011*
Student Housing All students must live on-campus or in school-approved housing**
Programs About 60 undergraduate fields of study**
Student-Faculty Ratio 9 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Political science and government (69)
Business administration (68)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (For Students Who Started in Fall 2005) 81% in four years*
85% in six years*
Admission Rate 45% in 2010*
Entering Class Size 597 in fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 93%*
SAT or ACT Score of Admitted Students For class of 2016:
Middle 50%: SAT critical reading: 600-690, math: 613-710**
Middle 50%: ACT composite: 28-31**
Application Due Date February 1 for regular admission**
Decision Notification Date April 1 for regular admission**
Tuition and Fees $44,260 per year (includes services and activities fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of First-Year, Full-Time Students Receiving It) For 2010-2011:
Grants/scholarships, 50%; federal grants, 13%; state/local grants or scholarships, 8%; institutional grants or scholarships, 49%; student loans, 41%; other student loans, 9%*
Percent of First-Year, Full-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 66% in 2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **Franklin and Marshall College, ***IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 637 College Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17604
  • Phone: (717) 291-3911
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