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Spring Admit FAQs

What are the there advantages to being a Spring Admit student?

Is there any chance of a Spring Admit student getting in for September if places open up for the Fall?

How many students enroll via Spring Admit?

Do students apply specifically to the Spring Admit or are they selected from the regular applicant pool?

Is being admitted as a Spring Admit like being on the wait list?

What if a student is admitted for the spring under one of the Early Decision options? Must a student admitted Early Decision enroll at Franklin & Marshall College?

What do Spring Admit students do during their gap semester in the fall? Does Franklin & Marshall College help them plan what to do?

What are some of the things Spring Admit students do during their gap Fall?

When do Spring Admit students graduate?

Where do Spring Admit students live?

Do Spring Admit students have the same opportunity to join clubs and organizations as their Fall semester counterparts?

How do Spring Admit students get into classes?

Can Spring Admit students participate in four years of athletics?

Does Franklin & Marshall College do anything unique for Spring Admit students?

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Are there advantages to being a Spring Admit student?

The Spring Admit is advantageous to students for many reasons. Many students thrive during their gap Fall, pursuing challenges that they did not have time for in high school (creative writing, art, music, service, or language immersion). Recent Spring Admit students have studied at the Oxford Advanced Studies Program in England, lived in Israel, studied in Africa, and volunteered in an elementary school. Spring Admit students arrive at F&M together for orientation and work closely with the same faculty advisor, creating bonds that last well past the first few weeks of college.  Upon arrival on campus, students are immediately immersed into the campus community.  They become active members of their College Hosues and engaged learners in the classroom.



Is there any chance of a Spring Admit student’s getting in for September if places open up for the Fall?

While the admission committee may consider Spring Admit students for Fall semester admittance, this situation is rather unlikely. Should there be a change of status, a student would be notified in the summer, after the May 1st deposit date. Therefore, enrollment decisions must be based on the assumption of Spring enrollment.



How many students enroll via the Spring Admit?

There are approximately 48 students enrolled via the Spring Admit each year.



Do students apply specifically to the Spring Admit or are they selected from the regular applicant pool?

Spring Admit students are typically chosen from the same applicant pool as the Fall students and are notified at the same time.  Students who wish to take a gap Fall and enter Franklin & Marshall College in the spring may also apply for Spring Admit admission; in so doing, they should carefully outline their plans for the gap Fall in their application.  Ultimately, acceptance for a Fall or Spring Admit is an Office of Admission decision.



Is being admitted via the Spring Admit like being on the wait list?

No. Students who are offered the Spring Admit are admitted to Franklin & Marshall College beginning the following Spring semester. Students in the Spring Admit cohort are members of the incoming class.  Students placed on the wait list are not yet admitted to the College unless the admission committee offers that student a place in the incoming class.



What if a student is admitted for the spring under one of the Early Decision options? Does a student admitted Early Decision for the spring necessarily have to enroll at Franklin & Marshall College?

No. Early Decision students who are offered the Spring Admit are no longer bound by the conditions of the Early Decision program. If admitted to the College for the Spring semester, Spring Admit students may choose to explore other college options. Enrollment in the Spring semester will be secured when the Office of Admission receives an enrollment deposit by May 1st.



What do Spring Admit students do during their gap Fall? Does Franklin & Marshall College help them plan what to do?

Although Franklin & Marshall College does not seek to direct a specific course of study for the gap Fall, we nevertheless provide guidance to students admitted via the Spring Admit.  The options for the fall include domestic or international service and study.  Spring Admit students work closely with an experienced faculty advisor to craft a program of study, work, or travel that is meaningful and rewarding. Additionally, F&M provides assistance from the Office of International Programs and Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development.



What are some of the things Spring Admit students do during their gap Fall?

Options for the “Gap Fall” include:

  • studying abroad for a full semester's transfer credit through F&M
    sponsored porgrams (F&M Dublin, Institute for American Univerisites' Aix-en-Provence Program, or Thinking Beyond Border's Ecuador Gap Fall Semester).
  • undertaking a challenging outdoor program such as Outward Bound  or NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School).
  • travelling, working, and learning in various countries through Rustic Pathways Programs.
  • volunteering for a cause—a political campaign, hospice, animal shelter, etc.
  • enrolling in classes at a local college or university for transfer credit.
  • exploring a special talent through specialized workshops or classes (A student entering Spring Admit in January 2013 studied at the Eugene O'Neill, while another student got her pilot's license during her gap Fall.)


When do Spring Admit students graduate?

Depending on their specific needs and goals, Spring Admit students work with their faculty advisor to decide whether they wish to graduate with their classmates in fall cohort or whether they would prefer to complete college in the usual eight semesters. For those students who want to get a jump on graduation day, F&M will help you to catch up with a summer course or obtain credit during your gap Fall from an accredited institution in your area or abroad. Although some students may worry about graduating “late,” students who graduate in December are in good company and should have no trouble continuing with the next phase of their life.



Where do Spring Admit students live?

Spring Admit students are sent a roommate preference form before they arrive on campus and are housed in one of the five College Houses. They might room with another Spring Admit student in a double, or with a Fall semester first-year student. No matter where they are housed, they will share the common experience of being a member in one of F&M’s college houses, with the same opportunity to take a leadership role in the House System.



Do Spring Admit students have the same opportunity to join clubs and organizations as their Fall semester counterparts?

Spring Admit students arrive on campus early for an orientation program prior to the Spring semester.  Arriving on campus at the ame time as F&M students returning from abroad. They will find the doors wide open for them.
 


How do Spring Admit students get into classes?

Spring Admit students are registered for their Spring classes during the November prior to their arrival on campus—at the same time as the other students at Franklin & Marshall.



Can Spring Admit students participate in four years of athletics?

Yes. As long as Spring Admit students do not participate in athletic programs prior to the beginning of the Spring semester, they may participate in four years of varsity, club, or intramural athletics.



Does Franklin & Marshall College do anything special for Spring Admit students?

The College provides services to those interested in entering F&M as a Spring Admit through a specially designated academic advisor who works closely with students to discuss their goals both during their gap Fall and their subsequent four years at college. In addition, Spring Admit students are assigned student mentors who are committed to helping them make the transition to college life once they are on campus. Spring Admit students also receive a comprehensive orientation similar to the one in the fall.