A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    C+
Franklin & Marshall College is ...
Private not-for-profit
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

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
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
41%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.39 responses
38%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.39 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 20 responses
Report
  • Academic
    40%
  • Dedicated
    25%
  • Preppy
    25%
  • Ecclectic
    5%
  • Racist
    5%
  • Diverse
    0%
  • Nerdy
    0%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
42%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.52 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.64 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 21 responses
Report
  • Diverse Ideas and Thoughts
    52%
  • Awesome!
    19%
  • Preppy.
    14%
  • Close Minded
    10%
  • Diverse
    5%
  • Fast-paced
    0%
  • Home away from home
    0%

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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Franklin & Marshall College Reviews

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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.
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It is a very rigorous and academic environment. I absolutely love my professor and classes. The students, on the other hand are not my cup of tea. I have always felt like an outsider here. Honestly the school reminds me of prison (but maybe I've been watching too much OITNB) the whites stick with the whites, the blacks with the blacks and so on. The college has done a great job of recruiting a more diverse crowd, but the people here are either the white preppy upper mid class or first generation low income students--there is not many students who fall in the middle of the spectrum. Also they place too much of an emphasis on sports and greek life-not a fan.
Franklin & Marshall College does not truly offer what it promises. Attending the school is completely different than what they advertise during tours, on their website and in interviews. The school can easily be defined as preppy, and the main focus of the students is not truly on academics, as the school widely advertises. Picking classes is also extremely difficult. For the school's high price tag, students should be able to enroll in the classes that they want to take instead of being enrolled in 1 or 2 classes and on 30 different wait lists.