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Franklin and Marshall College: Narrative Description


PO Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604-3003
Tel: (717)291-3911
Admissions: (717)291-3953
Fax: (717)291-4389
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1787. Setting: 125-acre suburban campus with easy access to Philadelphia. Endowment: $311.7 million. Research spending 2003-04: $215,600. Educational spending 2003-04: $14,082 per student. Total enrollment: 1,972. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 4,070 applied, 49% were admitted. 46% from top 10% of their high school class, 77% from top quarter, 97% from top half. Full-time: 1,933 students, 46% women, 54% men. Part-time: 39 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 40 states and territories, 40 other countries, 65% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 2% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 8% international, 0% 25 or older, 66% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 90% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; interdisciplinary studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, internships. Off campus study at National Theater Institute, School of Visual Arts, American University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT, SAT II: Writing Test. Recommended: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/15 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 2/15 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $37,980 includes full-time tuition ($30,390), mandatory fees ($50), and college room and board ($7540). College room only: $4910. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to reciprocity agreements. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $3800 per course. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 120 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities. Most popular organizations: Women's Center, Ware Institute for Community Service, College Reporter, Ben's Underground, F&M Players. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Arts, Fall Arts. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, residence hall security, campus security connected to city police and fire company. 1,270 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Shadek-Fackenthal Library plus 1 other with 479,127 books, 527,288 microform titles, 2,278 serials, 13,055 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3.1 million. 139 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Metropolitan area of 300,000; vital, historic city.

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