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. 

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 askopds@fandm.edu if you have additional questions.


Transfer Student FAQs 

Academic Advising​ 

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Academic Advising

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.

Academic FAQs 

General New Student FAQs