Choose Early Decision if you are sure that Franklin & Marshall is the best fit, or the Standardized Test Option if you would prefer that we not use your Standardized Test Scores in the decision making process. 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.
How to apply
Do you already know that you want to be a Diplomat? If you want to live in our college houses, collaborate with our faculty, explore the history and vibrancy of the city of Lancaster, engage in research and travel opportunities, and be immersed in a community of diverse, high-achieving peers, then we encourage you to apply Early Decision to Franklin & Marshall College. Imagine how exciting it would be to know by the winter that F&M will be your future home!
There are two deadlines for applying Early Decision: November 15 and January 15 of your senior year. To apply Early Decision to Franklin & Marshall, applicants should fill out the Early Decision Form. Students who apply Early Decision I or II will be notified of the College’s decision by December 15 and February 15, respectively.
Of course, F&M realizes that some families would like to have a sense of their financial aid eligibility as they enter into the Early Decision commitment. As such, we are pleased to offer families the opportunity to receive an early estimate of the need-based financial aid for which they might qualify. With this estimate in hand you can then decide as a family to proceed with Early Decision.
To discuss your interest in applying Early Decision or to learn more about the Early Decision Financial Aid Estimate, please reach out to your Regional Dean in the Office of Admission.
Students who do not believe their standardized test scores reflect their academic ability are able to submit two graded writing samples to Franklin & Marshall in lieu of standardized test scores.
Students choosing the Standardized Test Option will be required to submit two recent (junior or senior year) graded writing samples (creative or analytical), preferably from a Humanities or social science course. The samples should include teachers’ comments, grades, and a description of the assignment.
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 the applications are reviewed by the Admission Committee.
To choose this option, an applicant must complete the appropriate form which is part of the application, or is sent to the applicant upon receipt of the Common Application. Click here to access the Standardized Test Option Form.
Applicants are encouraged to submit additional materials to supplement their application. Supplemental material might include CDs/tapes of musical performances, writing samples, or copies/slides of artwork. Please send supplementary materials directly to the Office of Admission. Material will only be returned, upon request, if return postage is included with your submission.