Franklin & Marshall College is a four year, liberal arts oriented, private college, tracing Benjamin Franklin as one of its original founders through his gift of start-up capital. It is located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Also known as F&M, it is the seventeenth oldest college in the United States, giving it longstanding collegiate experience and tradition. Franklin & Marshall’s student body is reported in at just a little over 2,000. It holds prestigious rankings from the Princeton Review, Forbes, and the U.S. News and World Report, earning high ratings in the categories of “Faculty Accessibility,” best college overall for all categories, and forty-first for liberal arts schools, respectively. Franklin & Marshall is highly selective, with a 35.9 percent acceptance rate, and the average SAT score of incoming freshman is over 1300 for math and verbal.
Franklin & Marshall currently does not offer distance learning opportunities for students. However, they have a wealth of majors, minors and other programs to enrich the student experience. Students can choose from degree programs in areas such as Anthropology, Chinese Language, Business, Organizations, and Society, Computer Science, Earth and Environment, Government, History, International Studies, Japanese Language, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Public Policy, Public Health, Science, Technology and Society, Religious Studies, Scientific and Philosophical Studies of Mind, Pre-Professional Advising, and Theatre, Dance and Film.
The University encourages student activity, participation, and research in the field of sustainability and environmental studies. Students can participate in many programs to foster this inclination, such as The School for Field Studies, The School for International Training, Duke University Marine Laboratory, Woods Hole Sea Semester, and the Semester in Environmental Science. Duke University and Franklin & Marshall have joint graduate degree programs leading to Master’s Degrees in the areas of Environmental Science, Management and Policy. Student groups on campus have organized organic gardens, the Fair Trade Cafe, the Sustainability Committee, and the Sustainability Theme House, as well as many other “green” projects. This philosophy is institutionalized into the theoretical and practical approach of the classroom, and the activity of the student population at Franklin & Marshall.
Franklin & Marshall is a private school, so the tuition is steeper than many of the state schools that offer liberal arts programs, however there are many academic benefits of attending a private University of such stature, reputation, and tradition. Also, financial aid can assist students to pursue studies there if they need it. Tuition, services and activities fees per year are $41,090, the on-campus dorm cost ranges from $6,940 to $7,810, and the meal plan is another $2,000. Grants, loans and scholarships are available and determined by need, academic achievement, and area of study. There are many scholarships unique to Franklin & Marshall such as The Arc of York County scholarship, the Institute of Human Studies Scholarship, The Mark Rothenberg Memorial Scholarship, the P.E.O Program for Continuing Education, and the My Recipe – My Heritage Scholarship Essay Contest, as well as many others. Students can apply directly from the F&M website, or contact the financial aid office for assistance.