I am delighted you are exploring the possibilities of being a student at Franklin & Marshall. This website will help you discover many of the opportunities available to you as an international student here at F&M and also help you through the process of applying to the College.
There is a strong international presence at F&M, with about 10% of our students coming from countries all over the world. If you include United States citizens who live abroad and Permanent Residents, the percentage of students with an international background is much greater. We value the perspectives of students with different cultures and experiences who bring a richness and texture to the campus community.
Franklin & Marshall offers exceptional academic opportunities, extraordinary research options and a multitude of cultural and social happenings. The intimate educational environment, where professors often become mentors and friends, encourages students to develop their critical thinking skills, discover what it is they love and pursue that passion.
I hope you will continue to explore Franklin & Marshall. Please let me know if I can help you with the college process.
Director of International Admission
International students should use the Common Application as this is the form required for all applicants. If you wish to apply Early Decision, there is also an Early Decision Supplement that must be filled with the Application.
Applications of international students are evaluated by deliberation of the academic record, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities and recommendations from teachers and counselors. The fact that students are coming from a different background and environment is also a consideration in the decision process and we look to admit students from all parts of the world.
A $60 application fee is also requested, but in the case of financial hardship, this fee may be waived.
Deadlines are the same for international students as for domestic students.
Regular Decision: January 15 (with notification April 1)
Early Decision I: November 15 (with notification of decisions December 15)
Early Decision II: January 15 (with notification of decisions February 15)
Students may apply Early Decision regardless of whether they are asking for financial aid. We offer two rounds of Early Decision since many students are not ready to make a final decision about their college choice until later in the process. The two application deadlines are treated in exactly the same way, so there is no penalty for applying in January as an ED candidate.
SAT: International students are required to take the SAT I except in cases where the student lives in a country where the test is not offered. Official scores should be sent to the college. Our CEEB code is 2261.
ACT: The ACT will be accepted in lieu of the SAT I. Our code is 3574
To facilitate the application process, it is helpful if students send a copy of their SAT or ACT score report along with their application.
The TOEFL, IELTS or other recognized test of English language ability is required for students whose native language is not English. However, if the student has been studying in an English speaking environment for at least 3 years, the requirement for the TOEFL is waived.
The Certification of Finances Form should be submitted for applicants who will not be requesting financial aid.
Because of our commitment to a diverse student body, Franklin & Marshall does provide need-based financial assistance to international students. Although there is generous funding, the amount of aid is limited so the more aid an applicant needs, the more competitive the admission process becomes. However, if a student is accepted at Franklin & Marshall, we will meet 100% of the demonstrated need for that student.
In order to apply for need-based financial aid, families of international students must submit the Franklin & Marshall International Financial Aid Form (found here on our web site) to the Office of Admission. The CSS PROFILE is not required for international students. Your application for admission will not be considered complete until the International Financial Aid Form has been received.
Need-based financial aid for international students is based on the information provided on the International Financial Aid Form. Franklin & Marshall College will continue to meet 100% of the demonstrated need for the student for the four years of education based on the family contribution and information provided prior to admission. Changes to the family contribution after acceptance by the Office of Admission or in subsequent years will not be considered.
If a student is admitted without financial aid as a first year student, they will not be eligible for financial assistance in subsequent years.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
IB Diploma recipients with a total score of 30 or more are awarded 8 course credits (one full year) toward a degree at Franklin & Marshall College. IB Certificate recipients receive one or two course credits (depending on discipline) for each Higher level examination passed with a score of 5 or higher.
Advanced Placement TESTS (AP)
Credit will be given to students who have received either 4 or 5 on Advanced Placement examinations.
Other examination programs
French Baccalaureat and German Arbitur recipients may be granted credit for up to one full year toward a degree at Franklin & Marshall. In addition, the College generally awards credits to students who have passed the British "A-Level" examinations with a grade of C or higher. Other course credits from foreign countries are evaluated on an individual basis.