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  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
    B-
  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 2,225 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Franklin & Marshall acceptance rate is 36%. Popular majors include Business, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Economics. Graduating 87% of students, Franklin & Marshall alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $41,400.
About Franklin & Marshall College...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Centennial Conference
Address
PO Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604
Website

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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
36%
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

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Cost

Net Price
$23,182/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,849/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,147/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,408/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,195/ year
  • $110k+
    $45,393/ year
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Academics

Professors
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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.40 responses
38%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.40 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,225Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
27%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 21 responses
Report
  • Academic
    38%
  • Dedicated
    24%
  • Preppy
    24%
  • Ecclectic
    5%
  • Racist
    5%
  • Stressed
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
43%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.53 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.65 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • Diverse Ideas and Thoughts
    50%
  • Awesome!
    18%
  • Preppy.
    14%
  • Close Minded
    9%
  • Diverse
    5%
  • Stale
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$53,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
87%
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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The professors work hard to make sure every student grasps the concepts and offer several opportunities for office hours! Additionally, there are so many opportunities for research and jobs on and off campus through fandm.
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F&M has given me professors who inspire me, friends who I can truly count on, and an on-campus job I love. F&M isn't perfect, but what school is? If you want an active party scene you should join a varsity/club sports team and/or a fraternity or sorority. There are a lot of other clubs and organizations for social life but not party life.

I never considered joining Greek life before college but I'm happy I did. There was some drama with the security situation last sem but we surely work hard and play hard. Yes, some of the kindest, smartest people I've met here wear Vineyard Vines but dressing 'preppy' is fine, and frankly, very typical of liberal arts college students.

None of our classes are curved, so doing well takes hard work. It's expensive because they pay the profs well so we get the cream of the crop academically. There are a lot of internal and external financial aid opportunities, though.
I came here for the music program and the astrophysics program. Astrophysics is a growing field here and there are plenty of research opportunities here. However, it is one of the smaller programs on campus. Even so, you will find plenty of other astrophysics students to hang out with and the professors are great. Dr. Trainor is an awesome professor to have, but there are a lot of other great physics professors as well.
The music program is incredible. The faculty are all friendly people who you quickly come to trust. There is a great diversity in music ensembles, but it is a small school, so you get all of the drawbacks of that. All instruments are represented and you won't feel extreme pressure like you would for smaller ensembles.