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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    C
Franklin & Marshall is a highly rated private college located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,290 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Franklin & Marshall acceptance rate is 35%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business, and Political Science and Government. Graduating 83% of students, Franklin & Marshall alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $46,000.
College Ave
Lancaster, PA 17604
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Centennial Conference

Franklin & Marshall College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

F&M Admissions

Acceptance Rate
35%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1200-1420
ACT Range
28-31
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$23,007/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$47,304/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
66%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.35 responses
40%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.43 responses
37%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.43 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,290Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
19
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
21%
Varsity Athletes
25%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • Academic
    41%
  • Dedicated
    27%
  • Preppy
    23%
  • Ecclectic
    5%
  • Racist
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
43%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.56 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.68 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 25 responses
Report
  • Diverse Ideas and Thoughts
    44%
  • Awesome!
    16%
  • Preppy.
    12%
  • Close Minded
    8%
  • Diverse
    4%
  • Intelligent
    4%
  • Stale
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$58,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
83%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
75%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.20 responses
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I have had an excellent experience at F&M -- and I am only a freshman. The teachers are fantastic (all but one), and the students are active and refreshing. At my high school, there was little diversity. While Franklin and Marshall still has much to work on in that area, it is still a step up from my earlier years and I love that. The students are also engaging and I have connected with so many people in the past nine months. The music scene is also EXCELLENT -- especially acapella and musicals. The sports, though D3, are fun to watch -- my personal favourite is basketball.

Overall, a good school: not too small, not to large, everything on campus is accessible and beautiful, the administration is communicative, and freshman year was a blast!
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I really love being a student here! That’s just it- the student body loves their school in general so morale is high and there is a sense of school spit. Centennial League athletics are really fun and kids come out to sporting events. Academics are definitely challenging so my advice is to budget your time and don’t procrastinate. Library and resources are top notch and I love my professors. Dorms are super nice, food could be healthier and not so heavy for sure. The college housing system is pretty cool - love the Hogwarts set up. It’s a cute town and we love the Farmers Market and hang out at the bars and restaurants on a Friday night. Would recommend for sure!
This college has its shortcomings but overall, I cannot think of a more genuinely loving, stimulating, challenging, and honest institution to be a part of. F&M is ACTUALLY committed to giving its students a voice, holding itself accountable, and striving for the highest possible standard of academic quality, humanitarian behaviors and forward momentum. The professors here are some of the most impressive, helpful, and engaged academics that I have ever seen. It's not perfect at F&M, but if you're seeking an intellectually stimulating, challenging, and HONEST environment where you will be engaged, supported, and challenged, this school is the place for you. I transferred here and have found the professors, students, and administration to be highly invested in the success and advancement of the entire community. This school isn't heaven but it is certainly one of the most honest, intellectual and tactful environments I've ever been in.