Music Pre-orientation Program
Provides opportunities for new students to engage with upperclassmen, music faculty, and the Lancaster arts community before the semester even begins. Participants arrive to campus early and settle in before the rest of the first-years. Musicians can complete the audition process for ensembles without the stress of fitting in practice time during general orientation. If the student desires, they can also participate in a one-on-one coaching session with a faculty member and/or an upperclass musician before music ensemble auditions. Questions can be directed to Brian Norcross, Instrumental Conductor.
Information Technology for New Students
Transfer Student Information
Congratulations on your decision to join the Franklin & Marshall College community!
As a transfer student, you bring an understanding of college life that other new students have not yet learned. Franklin & Marshall has a four year residency policy. The process of placing a transfer student into housing is slightly different than the traditional method as there is greater flexibility. F&M provides housing to transfer students appropriate to their age and incoming status. Transfer applicants are integrated into the College House communities.
Please review the various frequently asked questions and feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions.
Transfer Student FAQs
What advising programs are available to transfers?
Your initial academic advising will be with Dean Kate Snider. Dean Snider will be helping you to build a schedule for the upcoming semester. In most cases, you will be assigned to a temporary academic advisor to serve as your advisor up until the time you declare an academic major. If you have a heavy concentration of work in a particular field of study your Academic Advisor will most likely be a member of that department.
How will I find out which of the credits transferred from my former college/university?
You will receive a letter from Sarah Esh who works in the College’s Registrar’s Office. Dean Snider will help you sort out your incoming transfer credits as they relate to the F&M curriculum.
Can I make changes to my schedule?
Following your advising appointment during Transfer Orientation, you will have the opportunity to make adjustments to your schedule by visiting the Registrar’s Office. In addition, all students can make course adjustments during the first two weeks of classes. Remember due to course enrollment limits, changes will not always be possible.
Can AP or IB exam scores be considered as transfer credits?
F&M participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. A student who takes an AP examination is awarded credit if the subject material of the AP course and examination is comparable to the material covered in an elementary course offered at the College. F&M will award AP credit for a transfer student if you a) scored a 4 or 5 on the exam, b) didn't take the same course at their first college (e.g., AP Chemistry and entry-level chemistry at the college), and c) the College receives your original Grade Report from The College Board. AP is also an award instead of transfer credit so it will not count toward the 21 regularly-graded course for graduation.
IB is a little more complicated. If you earned a score of 30 or more for the IB Diploma, then you will be awarded 8 F&M course credits. If they earned a score below 30 for the IB Diploma, then you’ll be awarded credit only for subjects taken at the Higher Level with scores of 5 or higher. If you earned an IB Diploma Programme Course or "DP course," then you’ll be awarded credit only for subjects taken at the Higher Level with scores of 5 or higher.
How do I find out more about a particular academic department?
If you would like to know more about a particular department or professor, go to the department website. Professors are usually more than willing to answer questions, so please feel free to email them. For more information about F&M majors, please visit the academics portion of the website and see What Sets F&M Apart.
How many courses must I complete at F&M in order to receive a degree from F&M?
Among the academic regulations applicable to all students and of particular note to transfer applicants is the graduation requirement that at least 16 courses be taken on campus, the last 12 of which must be taken while the student is matriculated with an approved major field of concentration. The residency requirement may have implications for those transfer students wishing to study abroad.
Your Academic Advisor
Each incoming student is assigned an individual academic faculty advisor. Often, this advisor is the faculty member who teaches the Connections I seminar and is affiliated with the student's College House.
Student Assistance with Academic Advising
In the College's House System, House Advisors play an important role in working with students the first two years of their college experience. Under the guidance of House Dons and House Deans, they assist students so that they can make informed decisions and locate information related to academic programs. In addition, they make sure students are aware of academic requirements, academic resources, and the curriculum. House Advisors also help students prepare for their individual meetings with their advisors.
When Will I Find Out About My Academic Advisor?
You will know who your advisor is shortly after you register in your Connections I seminar. Your first meeting with him or her will take place during New Student Orientation in August. However, you may have been in touch with him or her before. During orientation, you will have the opportunity to review your schedule and become acquainted with your advisor. This advisor will be able to assist you in making academic decisions and course selections during the first part of your F&M experience. When you declare a major during your sophomore year, you will be assigned an advisor from that academic department.
When will I meet with my Academic Advisor?
You will have the opportunity to meet your academic advisor in a group meeting during Orientation. Following this group meeting, you will have a chance to talk to your adviser individually. During this appointment, you will be able to discuss any changes to your course schedule.
How many courses do I take during a semester?
You will enroll in four courses. Under F&M's course credit system, thirty-two (32) course credits are required for graduation. Most courses at F&M are assigned one (1) course credit.
What courses should I take during my first semester?
Most students complete the First-Year Writing Requirement during the first semester. Most do so through their residential Connections 1 Seminar. You may take a foreign language course. (Based upon information that you provide, we will determine if you need to take a language course in the Fall.) You may take a course related to a major field of interest. You may choose an Liberal Arts elective course that interests you.
What is a "Connections 1" seminar?
The Connections 1 Seminars are designed to provide students with an experience that effectively integrates academic and residential life. Students in these seminars live together in one of the College Houses and residents have the opportunity to share an important first semester academic experience. The program promotes an integration of the residence hall and the classroom that enhances both the academic success and personal growth of the students.
The Connections 1 Seminar can be a special educational experience for its participants. Each class is limited to 16 students. The courses allow students to explore in depth a major theme or concept. The seminars are writing-intensive courses that emphasize the development of critical thinking, reading, and analysis. Additional support and guidance is provided by a Preceptor, an upperclass student who assists the seminar professor.
What if I received or hope to receive Advanced Placement Credit?
F&M participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. A student who scores a 4 or higher on an AP examination receives college credit if the subject matter of the AP course has been deemed comparable to that covered in an introductory course offered by an F&M department. If you are concerned about how your AP credit may affect your Fall Semester course selections, you should discuss this matter during your academic advising session.
Students interested in health professions should know that acceptance of AP credit varies greatly from one health professions school to another. Medical schools strongly recommend that applicants with AP credit for a required course take another course at the same or higher level of difficulty. You should discuss your options with the appropriate department chairperson or Dr. Glenn Cummings, Director of Health Professions Advising, before deciding whether to bypass an introductory level course in math or a science area.
When do I register for courses?
You will be placed in a first-year Connections I course over the summer. In addtion, if you choose to take math, chemistry, or foreign language, you will be placed in those courses over the summer as well. You will then register for the rest of your courses during New Student Orientation in August after meeting with your academic adviser. Students are then allowed to add/drop courses during the first two weeks of classes.
What is Convocation?
Convocation is a formal academic ceremony welcoming and accepting the incoming class into the Franklin & Marshall community that takes place the day before classes begin. Returning students are invited to attend. Please bring appropriate semiformal dress attire (men in nice slacks, shirts, and ties; women in dresses or pant suits).
Where do I buy my books?
The on-campus bookstore is located in the Distler building along with ZIME. The Distler building is located across from Stager Hall. The bookstore sells Franklin & Marshall insignia apparel and gifts, dorm room decor, convenience foods, an expanded selection of trade books, magazine, textbooks, and supplies. The bookstore also offers an option called buyback, which means that you can trade your textbooks in for cash. For more information, the bookstore phone number is 717.291.4093.
In addition to cash, the Bookstore accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Traveler’s Checks, Debit Dollars, and personal checks with proper identification.
Visit the online bookstore upon registering for classes. Students can access the textbook reservation site, and simply by submitting their course information, the bookstore will package the necessary textbooks for pickup. There is also access to purchase gifts and clothing. The bookstore is also a resource for part-time job opportunities for students.
When is the drop/add period?
You may add and drop courses during the first two weeks of classes, though if a class has met twice you'll need the instructor's permission to add. You can discuss courses, including changes to math and chemistry placements, with your academic adviser during New Student Orientation.
What if I have additional advising questions?
At any point in the semester, you can consult with your academic advisor. In addition, your House Dean can help you with academic issues.
What do I need to know about F&M's graduation requirements?
The academic requirements for graduation can be summarized as follows:
Earn 32 course credits with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
Meet all General Education Requirements by
- Completing the Connections requirement (Connections 1 typically in the first semester and Connections 2 typically in the second semester)
- Completing the Distribution Requirement
- By passing at least one course in the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences
- By passing two courses in the natural sciences, at least one with a lab. One may be without a lab if designated as NSP (Natural Science in Perspective).
- By satisfying the Language Studies requirement
- By satisfying the Non-Western Cultures requirement
- Passing an approved major field of study with grade point average of 2.00
- Earning at least 16 course credits on the Franklin & Marshall campus
General New Student FAQs
What is a College House?
College Houses are the fundamental organizational unit for residential living at Franklin & Marshall. College Houses are the meeting ground where students can interact and network among the extended College family. They are communities that enrich the academic and social opportunities for our students. Beginning in Fall 2006, students became responsible for governing the College Houses, establishing and enforcing House rules, and planning, organizing, and running House social events. The College has transferred this level of responsibility to the Houses and House officers with the belief that our students are young adults ready to exhibit the leadership necessary and exercise this degree of control over their residential environment and social experiences. The five College Houses at Franklin & Marshall are Bonchek, Brooks, New, Ware and Weis.
Who are the House Advisors (HAs)?
House Advisors (HAs) are upper class students responsible to tend to the needs and problems of residents and students alike. You should get to know your HA as he/she will help you learn the ropes at Franklin & Marshall. HAs also serve as liaisons between residence hall students and the House Don and House Dean in your House. HAs help during orientation to ease the transition into the college community. If you have any questions or concerns, a great place to start is with the House Advisor (HA) living on your hall.
Are first-year students permitted to bring a car to campus?
First-year students are NOT allowed to bring their car to campus. You will not be permitted to register your car or park on or around campus. Exceptions will be granted for commuting students. Please write to the Director of Housing, Lori Foust, with car related questions at email@example.com.
What is my new Franklin & Marshall address?
Students will be able to pick up their mailbox number and combination during Orientation Check-in on Thursday, August 27. Your mailbox and the Campus Mail Service Window are located in the Steinman College Center. The hours of operation are: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon, but you are welcome to check your mailbox at any time. The proper way to address mail is:
Franklin & Marshall # (Student’s Campus Mailbox Number)
P.O. BOX 3220
Lancaster, PA 17604-3220
Please advise those who will be writing to you that they should not use nicknames or include your residence hall in the address. They should use uppercase letters and no punctuation except for the hyphen in the nine-digit zip code.
Should I bring a printer?
Students may bring a printer to campus but it is not necessary. If a printer is brought to campus the wireless feature MUST be turned off. Printing services are widely available on campus. Please visit the Library Services website.
How do I get involved in the college community?
Your college house is a perfect way to get involved early. You can run for office, join a committee, or just attend events. Also, over 80 student organizations make life happen outside the classroom at Franklin & Marshall. A wide variety of social, cultural, educational and recreational activities are produced and implemented by students like you! Drop by the Office of College Programs in the Steinman College Center to discover your options. Find out how to create a new organization or event or plan a program for the campus community. We have the resources and information to help you put your ideas into motion. While having a good time and meeting new friends, you will build your resume, develop invaluable skills, and get career-related experience. Concerts, comedy, lectures, films, Ben’s, yearbook, club teams, student publications, radio, television, special events, Alumni Weekend, Family Weekend, student government and much more… seize the opportunities to make a difference. A large majority of students on Franklin & Marshall’s campus are also involved in sports. About 28 percent of students play on varsity athletic teams and 54 percent participate in some kind of organized athletics. Come on, get up and stand out!
Where can I cash a personal check?
Personal checks can be cashed at the Business Office from 12-1 p.m., Monday-Friday. Students may cash personal checks up to $50 with a valid school ID. The Business Office is located at 644 Race Avenue, and will be open on Thursday, August 27 when you move in. Staff will answer questions about fees and receive payments for student accounts.
How do I add or change my meal plan?
To add or change your meal plan, log in to Inside F&M, click on My Info then on My Housing Self-Service. Select the correct semester. Make your meal plan choice.
First Year students are automatically signed up for the 225 block meal plan. As a sophomore you may choose either the 225 or the 180 block plan. As a junior or senior student, you may choose any of the five available plans or opt out altogether.
How can I help the Lancaster community?The Ware Center Community Based Learning and Service is located on the 2nd floor of the Steinman College Center. They are here to support all Franklin & Marshall students who desire to get involved in the larger Lancaster community. Our goal is to connect interested students with a variety of opportunities for volunteer service. For example, you can tutor at a local after-school program on an individual basis or you can participate in a group event such as environmental clean-up projects or student-led community service programs. Also, it’s a good idea to join the ‘F&M Cares’ student group to stay informed about the one-time requests for volunteers we receive each year from a wide variety of community organizations.
Lancaster is a dynamic city filled with many challenges and opportunities. Within walking distance of campus, there are numerous schools, retirement homes, non-profit agencies, shelters, city parks and after-school programs for Lancaster city’s children. If you have the enthusiasm and desire to make a difference, let us help you find a way to serve your new community. Please feel free to stop by our office, call us @ 291-4164.
What is there to do in Lancaster?
Downtown Lancaster is easily accessible from the campus either by walking or taking a bus or taxi. Visit https://thingstodolancasterpa.com/
The College also offers the Lancaster Loop with varied destinations.
What if I lose my keys?
When you check into the information station, you will be issued a key to your room and an exterior building key fob. Since safety and security is a high priority for the campus, it is important that you keep a close track of your key and fob. Never prop open exterior doors (an alarm will sound) and keep your room locked whenever you are not there. If you lose your keys, you must notify the Department of Public Safety. Your lock will be recombinated and new keys made. The cost for this procedure is $40.00 for the room recombination and $50.00 to replace your exterior door fob (subject to change).
Who should students call if they have an emergency?
If the emergency is a health related case, report to Appel Health Services located on the Hartman Green during their regular hours. Other emergencies can be reported to the Department of Public Safety at 717.291.3939. They provide a variety of services including the protection of the members of the college community. The office is open 24 hours a day and is located in the rear of Marshall-Buchanan residence hall near Race Avenue.
What other services does the Department of Public Safety provide?
The Department of Public Safety is also responsible for administering campus parking policies and providing information to guests. They also offer a free escort service, which allows you to be picked up from one location and dropped off at an on-campus one. The hours of the escort service are 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday nights, and from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday nights. Just call extension 717.291.3939 and ask for the escort service.
Can I email someone my questions?
Yes, if your questions are not answered after reviewing various pages on the website, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org after late May, 2015.