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A Small College with Big Resources

The challenge for a college like Franklin & Marshall is to stay true to the enduring values of the liberal arts, while responding to the need to equip students for life and work in the 21st century.

Our claim sounds like an impossible paradox: How do we maintain that a liberal arts education is not vocational training, yet say it is the very best training for a contemporary life of fulfilling work guided by examined values and thoughtfully made choices?

At Franklin & Marshall College, we don't just study the liberal arts. We put them into practice.

The many centers and institutes at Franklin & Marshall College, along with our academic programs provide exciting new opportunities to "do" the liberal arts:


Only a handful of liberal arts colleges have writers houses; an international house and a center for Jewish life are unusual outside a university and large city; a national poll is rare at a small college. We are a small college with big resources.

  • Millport Conservancy
  • The College partners with the family of Carolyn and Robert Wohlsen '50, to maintain the 100-acre Millport Conservancy wildlife refuge in Warwick Township. The conservancy, which includes the 19th-century Millport Roller Mill (a grain mill powered by the waters of Lititz Run), is a hub for environmental studies at the College.

    "Franklin & Marshall students have access to this gorgeous living laboratory twenty minutes from campus. It is used for science and other classes, student research, volunteer work and more. The Conservancy continues in its role as a community educational and recreational resource."

    Tom Simpson

    Millport Conservancy Liaison and Sustainability Coordinator