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What is Beginnings?
What Will Happen At Beginnings?
When Do I Attend?
What If I Need To Change My Date?
What If I Am Unable To Attend Beginnings?
What do I have to do to prepare to attend Beginnings?
Where Should I Go?
Should Parents/Guardians Attend Beginnings?
When am I going to know what courses I will be taking in the Fall?


What is Beginnings?

Beginnings is a one-day program designed to help you feel more comfortable about starting your first year at F&M. You can think of it as your first official activity as a Franklin & Marshall student. During the day, you will complete important tasks that are part of getting ready for the first year of college. You can also expect to meet some of your new classmates (including members of your college house), a few current students, the faculty don and dean of your college house, and faculty members who will talk with you about the curriculum. In addition, the day offers opportunities for you to learn more about programs and activities that interest you. This year Beginnings is offered on-campus on May 12 and 14, and an online version available beginning May 16.

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What Will Happen At Beginnings?

You will be given a final schedule for the day once you arrive.   Registration and check in takes place from 8:00-8:30 a.m. and the official Welcome begins at 8:45 a.m.

Introductions. You will have the opportunity to meet members of the Class of 2018, the Faculty Don and Dean of your College House, and other members of the College community.

Academic Advising. You will have time to meet with members of the Franklin and Marshall faculty who will discuss how your F&M education is designed.  Please review the liberal arts elective and foundations course listings prior to this meeting.

Math Placement. Prior to coming to Beginnings, it is very important that you complete the New Student Information form, available to enrolled students in mid- to late April.  You will also have an opportunity to ask questions about math placement during Beginnings.  Also see Common Academic Questions.

Foreign Language Placement. If you are planning to enroll in a language in the fall, you will be asked to take a Language Placement Exam at Beginnings.

Roommate Matching interview. You will meet one-on-one with an upper-class student from your College House, who will ask you questions about the kind of roommate you would like to have.  All roommate matching interviews are confidential.

An Information Fair. Meet the faces of Health Services, Financial Aid, the Business Office, College Programs, Off-Campus Study, Athletics, Information Technology Services, the College Residential Coordinator, and many others. Representatives from local banks will also be available.  

ID Photos. You will receive your official F&M ID Card during Beginnings.

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When Do I Attend?

Each enrolled student will be assigned a preferred Beginnings date, which will be sent to your personal email account in late April.  If you very recently decided to attend F&M, you can expect to receive this welcome email message within one week of sending your matriculation deposit.

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What If I Need To Change My Date?

If your pre-assigned date is not suitable, you may select the date that works best for you and your family when you complete the New Student Information Form (which will be sent to your personal email account in late April).  If you already submitted your New Student Information form and need to change to a different date, please send an email to beginnings@fandm.edu that includes your name and the date you wish to attend.  You may also call (717) 358-7184 to change your Beginnings date.

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What If I Am Unable To Attend Beginnings?

We understand that distance may prevent some students from traveling to Pennsylvania for Beginnings. Incoming students who are not able to attend Beginnings will still complete the New Student Information form by Monday, May 5, and will communicate with an academic adviser by phone or email.  In preparation for that advising conversation, please review the list of Foundations and Liberal Arts Elective course offerings so that the adviser can answer any questions you may have.  In addition, our student Orientation Planning Directors will conduct roommate matching interviews by phone, email or skype.

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What do I have to do to prepare to attend Beginnings?

Prior to coming to Beginnings, it is critical that you complete the New Student Information form, which will be sent to enrolled students' personal email account in mid- to late April.  We will also ask you to familiarize yourself with the liberal arts elective and foundations course listings, so that we may answer any questions you have about the curriculum.

You and your family will receive two additional forms, the Health Form and the Family Information Form.   If you are attending Beginnings, please bring them with you.  Otherwise, please return them as soon as possible to the College.

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Where Should I Go?

Please proceed to the parking lot adjacent to College Square on Harrisburg Pike. If you park on the street, please be aware of the street cleaning signs to avoid being ticketed. Registration will take place in the Lobby of the Barshinger Life Sciences and Philosophy Building. For directions to campus, as well as lodging information, visit The Campus Visit Guide.

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Should Parents/Guardians Attend Beginnings?

Yes, there are important information sessions for parents as well as students during Beginnings. Parents will also receive an itinerary upon registration.

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When am I going to know what courses I will be taking in the Fall?

You will be registering for courses over the summer and at New Student Orientation, in August.  Before that happens, you will have an opportunity to talk with an academic advsor over the summer and at New Student Orientation.

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