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
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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

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
42%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.38 responses
39%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.38 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,217Undergrads
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 19 responses
Report
  • Academic
    37%
  • Dedicated
    26%
  • Preppy
    26%
  • Ecclectic
    5%
  • Racist
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
43%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.51 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.63 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 20 responses
Report
  • Diverse Ideas and Thoughts
    55%
  • Awesome!
    20%
  • Preppy.
    15%
  • Close Minded
    5%
  • Diverse
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$54,800/ 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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There's not a lot to do on campus besides going to parties on weekends. You only have a social life if you are either on a sports team or participate in Greek life. Clubs aren't really a thing and pretty much unheard of. Games are barely attended. Students constantly get alerts of crimes near/on campus such as students/professors being mugged right off campus or townies sneaking into the dorms. Classes you want are hard to get into, and course registration is a nightmare. The art, science, and dorm buildings are pretty dilapidated.
There were a lot of things I didn't really like at F&M, but I was lucky to have made really great friends and have had understanding and enthusiastic professors and deans. Overall, it's a caring community and everyone's nice. The academics are challenging in a great way, and professors are always willing to help with the course material and get to know you. The people on this campus are what made my experience more bareable and not all worth a waste.
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Unless you are getting financial aid, this school is a waste of your money. Courses are broad as there are not enough students to offer courses on specific topics. OSPGD (career services) is useless unless, for some reason, you want a job in Lanc. And almost all of student life is corraled by the college to take place on our highly regulated (keg-free) campus where you are required to register any all parties with our train-wreck administration.

Bottom Line: If you're looking to go to this school, get ready to be in classes with 8 people, use gender-neutral bathrooms, and go to zero tailgates.
Prior to coming to Franklin and Marshall I was sold on the idea that this campus would offer a welcoming community and rigorous academics that would challenge my thinking and perception of the world. However, upon arrival I noticed that the school's atmosphere was fairly unwelcoming. Different races stayed to themselves and the community advertised in pamphlets and info-sessions did not mirror the reality. I tried stepping out of my comfort zone by reaching out to other people. I tried to create the community I wanted to see, but nothing worked. Luckily enough, I was given some great professors my first semester. They were kind and understanding, but I felt as though I wasn't learning much in class. The academic rigor seemed to come solely through the compounding of assignments given at one time, not in the form of intellectual challenges that allow students to develop critical thinking skills.