Finding the Right Fit

Our application process abounds with options -- much like what you’ll experience as a
student here.

Choose Early Decision if you are sure that Franklin & Marshall is the best fit, or the Standardized Test Option (see below) if you would prefer that we not use your Standardized Test Scores in the decision-making process. Please note, F&M will take the highest score of each section from each SAT or ACT test date to best represent the student (superscore). We encourage you to apply online to ensure your application is processed quickly and correctly.

When it comes down to it, picking the college that you will attend is your choice.

But first, you have to apply.

Get started today with the Common Application.

Standardized Test Option 

Students who do not believe their standardized test scores reflect their academic ability are encouraged to submit two graded writing samples to Franklin & Marshall College in lieu of standardized test scores.

Students choosing the Standardized Test Option are required to submit two recently (junior or senior year) graded writing samples (creative or analytical), preferably from a humanities or social science course. The samples should include the teacher’s comments, grades, and descriptions of the assignments.

Students may request that their high school delete their scores from their transcript. All transcripts for students choosing this option will be examined prior to their inclusion in the application folders, and any scores that are included will be deleted before applications are reviewed by the Admission Committee.

All materials, in electronic format with teacher comments (ex. PDF,  Word), should be uploaded to the portal by selecting the SAT Option Writing Samples from the drop down menu.  All materials in paper format should be sent to the Admission Office by FAX (717-291-4389) or mail (Office of Admission, PO Box 3003, Lancaster, PA 17604).

Please notify us by e-mail if  there is a change in your decision to submit or not submit your test scores. 

  • Ted Yoder ’12 works out some computations in the Hackman Physical Sciences Building, where he laid the groundwork for his current pursuit of a Ph.D. in physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Transfer applicants using the Standardized Test Option must submit two graded writing samples from college-level coursework.

International applicants (first year and transfer) are required to take the SAT I or ACT.

International Student Application Information

Additional Materials

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Applicants are encouraged to submit additional materials to supplement their application.  Supplemental material might include music, dance or theatre performances; film or artwork.

Please upload these supplementary materials to the web portal page (under the Portfolio section) that will be provided to you after we receive your application.