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Transfer Application Instructions & Checklist

To complete an application for transfer admission to Franklin & Marshall College, please submit the following application materials by the appropriate priority deadline: May 1 for fall term applications or November 15 for spring term applications. Applications completed after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis. 

The Transfer Application

Common Application
  • Online Common Application submissions must include the F&M Writing Supplement

Official College Transcripts
  • Transcripts must be submitted for all post-secondary coursework, even if completed at multiple institutions
  • Request that your institution(s) mail an official transcript directly to F&M's Office of Admission: Franklin & Marshall College, Office of Admission, P.O. Box 3003, Lancaster, PA 17604‐3003. We cannot accept your transcript from you; it must be mailed directly to us from the host institution

Secondary School (High School) Transcript
  • A final high school transcript must be mailed directly from the secondary institution. Please mail to F&M's Office of Admission: Franklin & Marshall College, Office of Admission, P.O. Box 3003, Lancaster, PA 17604‐3003

Standardized Test Scores (SAT/ACT) or Standardized Test Option
  • Transfer applicants may choose to submit either standardized test score results or use the Standardized Test Option
  • If submitting SAT/ACT scores, official results must be forwarded directly from the Educational Testing Service (SAT) or the American College Testing Service (ACT) to Franklin & Marshall College. F&M’s SAT code number is 2261; ACT is 3574
  • Transfer applicants using the Standardized Test Option must submit two writing samples from college-level coursework. Submissions should include professors’ comments, grades, and a description of the assignment. Samples written in high school, jointly-written papers, or ungraded assignments will not be considered. Lab reports, presentations, or short answer responses are not recommended. 
  • To submit writing samples, send in electronic format (ex. PDF, GoogleDoc) to the Transfer Admission Coordinator at  or upload directly on the F&M application portal. Paper materials format should be sent to the Admission Office by FAX (717-291-4389) or mail (Office of Admission, PO Box 3003, Lancaster, PA 17604).

Registrar’s Report
  • The report may be completed online through the Common Application process by visiting the "Assign Recommenders" section of your online application. You may invite a Registrar to complete the form online 
  • If your institution requires a hard copy, it can be downloaded and submitted to F&M by mail

A Letter of Recommendation from a College Professor
  • The recommendation may be submitted electronically by completing the Common Application process. For more information, visit the "Assign Recommenders" section of your application. 
  • If a professor prefers to submit a paper copy, he or she can send the letter directly to the following address: Franklin & Marshall College, Office of Admission, P.O. Box 3003, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003
Mid-Term Grade Report
  • If currently completing college-level coursework at another institution, you will be required to submit a Mid-term Report.  To download the form, visit the "Assign Recommenders" section of the Common Application. 
Application Fee
  • The fee may be paid electronically by completing the Common Application online
  • F&M does not grant fee waivers to transfer applicants

Financial Aid

F&M will meet 100% of institutionally-determined financial aid need for admitted transfer students throughout the duration of full time study. If you intend to apply for need-based financial aid, the following documents must be submitted BEFORE your admission application can be considered complete and ready for review.

If applying for aid, check “Yes” on your application following the question, “Do you intend to pursue need-based financial aid?”

The Free Application for Federal Student (FAFSA)


Student and Parent Tax Returns, W-2’s, and Schedules
  • The previous year’s tax documents only
  • After completing the CSS College PROFILE, The College Board will email you instructions on how to submit tax documents electronically through the IDOC system (

For International Applicants

F&M accepts transfer applications from international students. International applicants must submit complete original academic credentials as part of the application process; photocopies or scanned documents may be submitted as unofficial documentation, but admission will not be granted to any applicant with unofficial academic records. The TOEFL, IELTS or other recognized test of English language ability is required for students whose native language is not English.  However, this requirement is waived if a student has been studying in an English speaking environment for at least 3 years. There is no financial aid available for international transfer students.

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