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Colleges / Franklin & Marshall College

About FandM

Franklin & Marshall College is a private, nonprofit school in a suburban setting in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. FandM was founded in 1787 and now enrolls around 2,254 students a year, including 2,254 undergrads. FandM provides on-campus housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at FandM! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of FandM's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? FandM students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? FandM has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? FandM has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at FandM on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at FandM on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! January 15, 2022 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from FandM by April 1.

2021 FandM Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 36%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 52%
Tuition $63,216

Is FandM a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a look at each of these factors to get a better sense of what FandM offers and if it might be a good fit for you.

FandM Acceptance Rate 2021

It is very difficult to get into FandM. FandM admitted 36% of all applicants in 2021. Last year, 9,062 students applied to FandM and 3,308 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at FandM

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 84% of students who start at FandM return for their second year of college. Around 85% of students who started at FandM earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for FandM Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Tuition and Financial Aid at FandM

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. FandM meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $58,315 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $30,586 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at FandM. Based on this information, how does FandM sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is FandM a good school for you?

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Where is FandM?

FandM is located in the suburban setting of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, less than an hour from Philadelphia.

If you want to see FandM for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Route 30 to Lancaster, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Harrisburg International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what FandM and Lancaster are like without leaving home.

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College Info

PO Box 3003 Lancaster, PA 17604-3003

Campus Setting: Suburban

FandM Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to FandM is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to FandM is Apr 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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FandM ACT Scores


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28 - 31

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1240 - 1380


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620 - 760


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590 - 680

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Wondering what life at FandM is like? There are approximately 2,254 students enrolled at FandM. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 31% percent are from PA and 69% percent of students are from other states.


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