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Colleges / Franklin & Marshall College

Franklin & Marshall College

Lancaster, PA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate38%
Acceptance Rate38%

FandM Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to FandM, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is January 15 and the fee for the application costs $60.

Students who submit their applications to FandM for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

FandM Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of FandM's admissions stats.

FandM 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 53%
Mean SAT Score 1328
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 32%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 10%
Waitlist No

Franklin & Marshall College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Franklin & Marshall College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 15 February 15
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes January 15 April 1

Applying Early to FandM?

FandM offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

🗓️ Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at FandM is 57%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 38%. In 2022, FandM admitted 252 of the 440 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to college to boost their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ See a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Franklin & Marshall College Admissions

Transferring to Franklin & Marshall College

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to FandM

FandM has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does FandM Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine. What does FandM consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Make sure to check with FandM for more information on admission factors.

FandM 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to FandM, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with FandM's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into FandM?

FandM has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 26% submitted a class rank. At FandM 53% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 81% were in the top 25% and 97% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Franklin & Marshall College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 ––
3.50 and 3.74 ––
3.25 and 3.49 ––
3.00 and 3.24 ––
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to FandM directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

FandM looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

FandM is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 32% of FandM's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 10% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for FandM?

To be competitive with other FandM applicants, you should aim to score between 1260 and 1410 (or higher!) on the SAT. At FandM 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1410 and 25% of scored lower than 1260, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a FandM student is 1328.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of FandM students scored 720 or higher and 75% of students scored 620 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of FandM students scored 710 or higher, and 75% scored a 620 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for FandM?

To be most competitive at FandM, you should strive to earn between 29 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for FandM's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 29 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for FandM students. Only one out of every four students scored below 29.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Franklin & Marshall College

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to FandM.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is April 15. Applicants should hear back by June 1.

Transfer students can enroll in FandM during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

FandM Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to FandM?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to FandM.

Does FandM accept transfer credits?

✅ FandM accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does FandM accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ FandM accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to FandM?

❌ No, FandM is test optional, so you can decide whether or not to include your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is FandM's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for FandM is 38%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at FandM?

✅ FandM's early decision acceptance rate was 57% in 2021.

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FandM Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into FandM? FandM is a very selective institution. The FandM acceptance rate is 38%. This means that the institution accepts 37 out of every 100 applicants.


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

FandM SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1260 - 1410


Math SAT Range

620 - 720


Reading SAT Range

620 - 710

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1410 and Above


1260 to 1410


1260 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for FandM students is 1328. Applicants with SAT scores of 1410 and above have a good chance of being admitted to FandM, while applicants with SAT scores between 1260 to 1410 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1260 have a low chance of being offered a spot at FandM.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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