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 standarized test scores.

Students choosing the Standardized Test Option are required to submit two recently (junior or senior year) graded writing samples. These pieces should be thesis-driven and expository, preferably from upper level classes. 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

Optional Writing Supplement


In addition to the Common Application Essay, Franklin and Marshall also offers applicants the opportunity to respond to two prompts and provide the admission committee with further insight into the students’ goals, character, and potential to contribute to the F&M community.

Be creative and have fun. Use your responses as an opportunity for us to get to know you.

Prompt 1:

On September 27, 1777 Lancaster served as the nation's capital for a single day. If you could do anything or be anyone for one single day, what would you do? (150 word limit)

Prompt 2:

Why F&M? (100 word limit)

**Please note, responses to the Franklin and Marshall writing supplements are optional and located under “Other Information” on the Common Application Member Page. You must specify on the Common Application whether or not you will submit responses to the writing option.

For additional tips on writing a successful college essay, check out our July Dip Tip.


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.