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Franklin and Marshall College

AVG: 52.6 AVG: 72.2
72.8
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
AVERAGE: 62.4
74.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
AVERAGE: 52.6
71.2
STUDENT CONSENSUS
AVERAGE: 72.2
36%
Percent Admitted - Total
82%
4-year Graduation Rate - Bachelor's Degree Within 100% of Normal Time
2,255
Grand Total (All Students Total)
9.0:1
Student-to-faculty Ratio
$41,005
Average Amount of Federal State Local Institutional or Other Sources of Grant Aid Awarded to Undergraduate Students
$52,290
Published In-state Tuition and Fees 2016-17
$52,290
Published Out-of-state Tuition and Fees 2016-17
= Average
Sector of Institution
Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Carnegie Classification 2015: Basic
Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable

Franklin & Marshall College (abbreviated as F&M) is a private, coeducational liberal arts institution located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. One of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the nation, the school was founded in 1787 with a generous financial contribution by Benjamin Franklin. First named “Franklin College”, F&M has a history of academic excellence that spans well over two centuries. F&M’s campus is 220 acres, including over 25 acres of new development; in addition, F&M also operates a second campus in Bath, England for its Advanced Study in England program and has a partnership with the 85-acre Millport Conservatory for research, teaching and field study.

Academic Programs

Franklin & Marshall College has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1921. The college awards Bachelor of Arts degrees in nearly fifty major fields of study. F&M provides students with a uniquely hands-on educational approach which emphasizes learning while doing. In order to achieve this purpose, traditional academic work is blended with instructor-designed, out-of-class learning in labs, in the community, in the field, and in countries around the world.

Another element that makes an F&M education stand apart is that self-expression is highly encouraged in students, with approximately two-thirds of students engaging in independent study or a self-designed major before graduation. F&M provides students with a highly supportive community – close relationships between faculty and students are also strongly encouraged and emphasized. The college’s faculty mentoring and faculty and peer support systems are equipped – rather uniquely – for the purpose of ensuring that all students flourish and that each achieves his or her personal best.

Student Life

Total enrollment at Franklin & Marshall College reaches over 2,000 with students hailing from nearly all states in the Union as well as more than fifty foreign nations. A residential college, housing and dining are provided for students, though F&M’s student housing do not include standard, run-of-the-mill dormitories, but are rather, “lively hubs of intellectual, extracurricular and social engagement.” First-year students are assigned to a College House based on their expressed interest for their freshman connections course (a seminar-style learning environment). Upperclassmen may also choose to reside in a College House, creating an environment of diversity.

As an NCAA Division III school, F&M sponsors more than two dozen athletic teams and students may also participate in a variety of club sports as well as more than 100 student-led clubs and organizations. Downtown Lancaster is within walking distance and also provides students with a wealth of opportunities with its restaurants, sports events, art galleries, historical buildings, and bustling night spots.