Franklin and Marshall College

College Ave, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003
Tel: (717)291-3911
Private not-for-profit | 2,378 students
Franklin & Marshall is a residential college dedicated to excellence in undergraduate liberal education. Its aims are toinspire in young people of high promise and diverse backgrounds a genuine and enduring love for learning, to teach them toread, write, and think critically, to instill in them the capacity for both independent and collaborative action, and toeducate them to explore and understand the natural, social, and cultural worlds in which they live. In so doing, the Collegeseeks to foster in its students qualities of intellect, creativity, and character, that they may live fulfilling lives andcontribute meaningfully to their occupations, their communities, and their world.

School Overview:

Franklin and Marshall College
CountyLancaster County, PA
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
248 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment2,378 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
2,329 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
49 students137 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted39%64%

School Notes:

  • The Franklin & Marshall curriculum combines a spirit of innovation with a strong sense of tradition.It encompasses elements that prepare students for the cross-disciplinary nature of knowledge in the twenty-first centurywhile preserving the depth offered by disciplinary majors and the breadth associated with distributional requirements. Thegraduation requirements provide sufficient structure to ensure that students receive a general education in the liberal artswhile offering enough choice to allow the construction of an individualized educational experience. Students construct theireducation by selecting courses in each of the four parts that compose the Franklin & Marshall curriculum: General Education,the Major, Explorations, and Electives.
  • As a small, private liberal arts college, Franklin & Marshall focuses extraordinarily on theindividual. Ours is a campus that relies upon personal attention and interaction between the faculty, administrators, andstudent body. Each student adds something to our community that no other person can. And each student is asked to find andcommunicate his or her individual voice to the other members of our campus community.
  • The College has 51 buildings, totaling 1.35 million square feet on 170 acres. Six on-campus residencehalls and five alternative housing units provide 1,280 beds for full-time students. A professional staff of four andapproximately 50 student resident assistants provide leadership in the residence halls. Sixteen buildings house academicdepartments of the College. College Square is a 40,000-square-foot commercial and retail facility.
  • Franklin & Marshall College offers students an extraordinary place in which to spend four importantyears. The campus—traditional buildings spanning more than 135 years of architecture—is an arboretum in a peaceful,residential neighborhood of row houses and tree-lined sidewalks. The historic and vital city surrounding campus—Lancaster,Pennsylvania—has a distinctive charm while offering the amenities of big-city living.
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